Every Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish & Bug Leaving After March in April (Northern Hemipshere)

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The month of March is rapidly coming to an end, so it’s time to start checking your Museum to make sure you’ve caught and donated every creature leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons when April begins!

For those unfamiliar, different fish and bug creatures appear on an Animal Crossing island depending on the current month from the real-time clock. This means that after the month of March ends, some fish and bugs will be unavailable to catch on your island until later in the year.

It’s important to be sure you catch all of the fish and bugs that leave in a month, and ideally donate them to the Museum, so you don’t have to wait potentially months to be able to do so again whenever they return.

That’s why we’ve made this list of every Animal Crossing: New Leaf fish and bug creature that’s currently available to catch in March, but will be leaving once April begins! We’ll tell you when and where you can find the create, plus information on when you can next catch it.

Please note that this list only applies to Northern Hemisphere islands. If you play on a Southern Hemisphere island and would like to help us out, please feel free to share which creatures are leaving for you in the comments.

Fish Leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons After March in April

There are 6 fish leaving your island after March ends that will no longer be available to catch when April begins.

Bitterling

  • Catch in the River
  • Available All Day
  • Returns in November
  • Sells for 900 Bells

Yellow Perch

  • Catch in the River
  • Available All Day
  • Returns in October
  • Sells for 300 Bells

Stringfish

  • Catch in the River (Clifftop)
  • Available 4PM – 9AM
  • Returns in December
  • Sells for 15,000 Bells

Sturgeon

  • Catch in the River (Mouth)
  • Available All Day
  • Returns in September
  • Sells for 10,000 Bells

Sea Butterfly

  • Catch in the Sea / Ocean
  • Available All Day
  • Returns in December
  • Sells for 1,000 Bells

Football Fish

  • Catch in the Sea / Ocean
  • Available 4PM – 9AM
  • Returns in November
  • Sells for 2,500 Bells

River (Mouth): Fish with the River (Mouth) location can be found in the area where the ocean meets the river on your island’s shoreline.
River (Clifftop): Fish with the River (Clifftop) location can be found in rivers on elevated cliffs areas of your island.

Bugs Leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons After March in April

There is 1 bug leaving your island after March ends that will no longer be available to catch when April begins.

Emperor Butterfly

  • Catch Everywhere
  • Available 5PM – 8AM
  • Returns in June
  • Sells for 4,000 Bells

That covers the complete list of bugs and fish leaving after March in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that you need to catch before April begins! Check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guides page here for more on the game.

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YellowRay

Southern Hemisphere Bugs Tiger Butterfly -Catch Everywhere -Available 4AM-7PM -Returns in September Emperor Butterfly -Catch Everywhere -Available 7PM-8AM -Returns in June Agrias Butterfly -Seen around flowers -Available 8AM-5PM -Returns in October Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing -Catch everywhere, even tho rare -Available 8AM-5PM -Returns in June Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing -Catch Everywhere -Available 8AM-4PM -Returns in Novemver Atlas Moth -Seen on tree trunks, specially on the beach -Available 7PM-4AM -Returns in October Madagascan Sunset Moth -Catch everywhere -Available 8AM-4PM -Returns in October Grasshopper -Catch Everywhere -Available 8AM-5PM -Returns in January of next year O_O Walker Cicada -Seen on Treetrunks -Available 8AM-5PM -Returns February… Read more »

YellowRay

Southern Hemisphere
Fish
Crawfish
-Catch on ponds
-Available all day
-Returns in October
Soft Shelled Turtle
-Catch on River
-Available 4PM-9AM
-Returns in february of next year
Sweetfish
-Catch on river
-Available all day
-Returns in January of next year
Salmon
-Catch on River (mouth)
-Available all day
-Returns only in March
King Salmon
-Catch on River (mouth)
-Available all day
-Returns only in March
Piranha
-Catch on River
-Available 9AM-4PM and 9PM-4AM
-Returns in December
Arowana
-Catch on River
-Available 4PM-9AM
-Returns in December
Dorado
-Catch on River
-Available 4AM-9PM
-Returns in December
Gar
-Catch on Pond
-Available 4PM-9AM
-Returns in December
Arapaima
-Catch on River
-Available 4PM-9AM
-Returns in December
Clowfish
-Catch on Sea
-Available All day
-Returns in October
Surgeonfish
-Catch on Sea
-Available All day
-Returns in October
Butterfly Fish
-Catch on Sea
-Available All day
-Returns in october
Pufferfish
-Catch on Sea
-Available All day
-Returns in January of next year

Peewee1105

Nibble Fish
Returns November
Location River
Active hours 8am-4pm

Saddled Bichir
Returns December
Location River
Active 8pm-4am

Whale shark
Returns December
Location sea
Active all day

Suckerfish
Returns December
Location Sea
Active all day

Chelsa soldner

This was very helpful. Can we get one of these for what leaves at the end of April next?

YellowRay

One more since i just caught it
South Hemisphere
Fish
Ocean Sunfish
-Location Sea, Shark shadow
-Available 4AM-8PM
-Returns in January of Next Year

CalOtter

Hey! I just caught an emperor butterfly at 5:50 pm. The chart in game appears to show 5 pm to 8 am.

YellowRay

When the PM comes before the AM means that the availability “cycles” (the beginning and the end are painted, but the middle is blank)

YellowRay

One more
Southern Hemisphere
Fish
Saw Shark
-Appears on Sea
-Available 4PM-9AM
-Returns in December

vaughn

great list’s but also Hammer head shark- returns december – 6pm-6 am
Great white shark same time
whale shark – all day
sucker fish all day

all have shark shadows

YellowRay

And a bug
Southern Hemisphere
Bug
Goliath Beetle
-Appears on tree trunks, only seen on the beach
-Available 5PM-8AM
-Returns on December

YellowRay

What’s up with all these new species out of nowhere
Southern Hemisphere
Bug
Rainbow Stag
-Appears on tree trunks, seen on beach
-Available 5PM-8AM
-Returns in December

YellowRay

And yes, still March

Piero

Do you mean they appear on top of stumps? or on the side of a coconut tree?

Hagar Romeu

In the side of trees, and it is not only on the beach. I caught on in a cedar tree.

Fish

I think there’s an error! It says on the wiki that the Stringfish is there from December to February, and I haven’t seen one so far after a lot of fishing at clifftops. Only cherry salmons and chars have been the biggest (along with black bass) that I’ve seen there.

Vaughn

think thats for nothern hemisphere

jayde

nope, its there until march. I spent hours yesterday fishing for the stringfish before finally catching it. it’s just really rare! the wiki is probably from previous games

Vanessa

What actually is the clifftop? (I’m german) Is it the part before the waterfall goes down?

Jason Norton

The cliff tops are the rivers you need the ladder to access.

Laura

Did you need to use fish bait? I’ve have been fishing for it for about an hour, still no luck. 🙁

Jason Norton

Fish bait does speed up the process. You also get miles for digging up Manila clams, which are used to make fish bait, so it’s two birds with one stone.