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These bugs and fish are leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of April

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This is your last chance until they disappear for a while

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Catching a Tuna in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

April is coming to an end, which means a bunch of the critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are going to disappear.

We’ve put together a list of fish and bugs leaving in April, to make it easier to hunt them down.

For fish, we recommend using bait, crafted using the manila clams that you can dig up on the beach. This will quickly spawn fish in a desired location. Simply make the bait at your crafting table and toss it into the water from your inventory.

Notably, tarantulas and scorpions are swapping hemispheres starting in May. Scorpions will now start appearing on Northern Hemisphere islands and tarantulas will appear on Southern Hemisphere islands. These bugs function in the same way. You’ll find them at night, they’re worth 8,000 Bells each, and they’ll bite or sting you if you’re not careful.

We’ve broken up the hemispheres into two separate tables, as Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere players will have different critters leaving their islands.

Fish and bugs leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons after April (Northern Hemisphere)

Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Tarantula On ground N/A 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Dab Sea Medium All day
Fish Tuna Pier Largest All day
Sea Creature Sea cucumber Diving (Ocean) N/A All day
Sea Creature Snow crab Diving (Ocean) N/A All day
Sea Creature Spider crab Diving (Ocean) N/A All day

Fish and bugs leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons after April (Southern Hemisphere)

Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Yellow Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Bell Cricket On ground N/A 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bug Red Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Darner Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Banded Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Ladybug On flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Scorpion On ground N/A 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Snapping Turtle River X Large 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Catfish Pond Large 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Tilapia River Medium All day
Fish Angelfish River Small 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Betta River Small 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fish Rainbowfish River Smallest 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fish Moray Eel Sea Narrow All day
Fish Ribbon Eel Sea Narrow All day
Fish Giant Trevally Pier X Large All day
Fish Mahi-mahi Pier X Large All day
Sea Creature Giant isopod Ocean (Diving) N/A 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Sea Creature Spotted garden eel Ocean (Diving) N/A 4 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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