Golden Trouts are swimming back into New Horizons!

March in Animal Crossing: New Horizons sees a variety of bugs, fish and sea creatures arrive on your island. Unlike February, you can expect to see a substantial change in your island’s wildlife.

March also marks the one year anniversary of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release and we’ve now come full circle in the bug and fish appearances. This means it’s the perfect time to keep an eye out for any creatures you might have missed last year.

If you catch every bug and fish in New Horizons, you’ll not only complete two Museum exhibits, but unlock both the Golden Fishing Rod and Golden Net DIY recipes.

Below you’ll discover exactly which creatures are both getting here and leaving your island in March, as the Critterpedia only lists this information once you’ve caught a creature.

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New Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea animals in March

With the true start of spring in New Horizons, you can expect to see a range of bug, fish and sea creatures get here on or around your island.

Catching every creature which visits your island will help you complete both the Museum and the Critterpedia. This will also lead to unlocking both the Golden Fishing Rod and Golden Net DIY recipes.

Three species butterflies return in March.

It should be noted that the following only applies to the northern hemisphere.

For the southern hemisphere, please visit our dedicated bug, fish and sea creatures guides.

All Animal Crossing bugs arriving in March:

Animal Crossing Bugs Months available Times available Location Bug Price
Yellow Butterfly March to June
September to October
4am to 7pm Flying around 160
Tiger Butterfly March to September 4am to 7pm Flying around 240
Peacock Butterfly March to June 4am to 7pm Flying around flowers 2500
Mantis March to November 8am to 5pm On flowers 430
Orchid Mantis March to November 8am to 5pm On flowers 2400
Honeybee March to July 8am to 5pm Flying around flowers 200
Stinkbug March to October All day On flowers 120
Man-faced Stink Bug March to October 7pm to 8am On flowers 1000
Ladybug March to June
October
8am to 5pm On flowers 200

All Animal Crossing fish arriving in March:

Animal Crossing Fish Months available Times available Location Fish Price
Tadpole March to July 24 hours Pond 100
Loach March to May 24 hours River 400
Cherry Salmon March to June
September to November
4pm to 9am Clifftop river 800
Char March to June
September to November
4pm to 9am Clifftop river 3800
Golden Trout March to May
September to November
4pm to 9am Clifftop river 15000
Barred Knifejaw March to November 24 hours Sea 5000
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All Animal Crossing sea creatures arriving in March:

Animal Crossing Sea Creatures Months available Times available Sea Creature Price
Turban Shell March to May
September to December
24 hours 1000
Chambered Nautilus March to June
September to November
4pm to 9am 1800
Umbrella Octopus March to May
September to November
24 hours 6000
Firefly Squid March to June 9pm to 4am 1400
Spider Crab March to April 24 hours 10000


New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics.

From the off, there’s fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect.

Once you have settled in, you’ll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup.


Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures leaving in March

You can anticipate to see a number of animals leave your island every month in New Horizons. If you don’t capture one of these creatures before it leaves, you may find yourself waiting a number of months for its return.

We recommend catching these departing creatures at the beginning of the month to avoid having to rush about your island in the final week of the month.

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The Sea Butterfly will depart from the Northern hemisphere till December.

For more creature hunting tips, check out our dedicated bug, fish and sea creatures guides.

It should be noted that the following just applies to the northern hemisphere.

For the southern hemisphere, please visit our dedicated bug, fish and sea animals guides.

All Animal Crossing bugs leaving in March:

Animal Crossing Bugs Months available Times available Location Bug Price
Emperor Butterfly December to March
June to September
5pm to 8am Flying around flowers 4000

All Animal Crossing fish leaving in March:

Animal Crossing Fish Months available Times available Location Fish Price
Bitterling November to March 24 hours River 900
Yellow Perch October to March 24 hours River 300
Stringfish December to March 4pm to 9am Clifftop river 15000
Sturgeon September to March 24 hours River (Mouth) 10000
Sea Butterfly December to March 24 hours Sea 1000
Football Fish November to March 4pm to 9am Sea 2500
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All Animal Crossing sea creatures leaving in March:

Animal Crossing Sea Creatures Months available Times available Sea Creature Price
Red King Crab November to March 24 hours 8000

Our respective bug, fish and sea creatures notes contain every types that can be discovered throughout the year in New Horizons for both the southern and northern hemisphere.