Animal Crossing: New Horizons new fish, bugs, and sea creatures to catch in March

It’s March again, which means Animal Crossing: New Horizons players may be seeing new critters come around. The game released in March, so if you’re here one year (or more) later, then these will all be very familiar to you.

There’s no rush to catch any of them, as they’ll stick around for much longer than a month, but make sure you donate any new finds to Blathers to complete your Museum. You can tell when you’ve caught a new creature because your character will exclaim “Yes!” before they say the bug or fish’s name.

You can also check in your Critterpedia to see if you’ve donated the bug fish or not. If you have, there will be a little owl icon next to the critter name. (Note that these emblems won’t show up if you’re on somebody else’s island.)

We’ve broken up the list of new bugs and fish to catch in March by hemisphere below, so you can check which ones are new in your area. Keep in mind that some of these are returning to your island after being previously available, so if they seem familiar, you likely caught them during an earlier availability.

New critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for March (Northern Hemisphere)

Critter typeNameLocationShadow SizeTime
Critter typeNameLocationShadow SizeTime
BugYellow ButterflyFlyingN/A4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BugTiger ButterflyFlyingN/A4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BugPeacock ButterflyFlying by hybrid flowersN/A4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BugMantisOn flowersN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugOrchid MantisOn white flowersN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugHoneybeeFlyingN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugStinkbugOn flowersN/AAll day
BugMan-faced Stink BugOn flowersN/A7 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugLadybugOn flowersN/A8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FishTadpolePondSmallestAll day
FishLoachRiverSmallAll day
FishCherry SalmonRiver (Clifftop)Medium4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishCharRiver (Clifftop)Medium4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishGolden TroutRiver (Clifftop)Medium4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishBarred KnifejawSeaMediumAll day
Sea CreatureTurban shellOcean divingN/AAll day
Sea CreatureChambered nautilusOcean divingN/A4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Sea CreatureUmbrella octopusOcean divingN/AAll day
Sea CreatureFirefly squidOcean divingN/A9 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Sea CreatureSpider crabOcean divingN/AAll day

New critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for March (Southern Hemisphere)

Critter typeNameLocationShadow SizeTime
Critter typeNameLocationShadow SizeTime
BugCommon ButterflyFlyingN/A4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BugYellow ButterflyFlyingN/A4 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BugMonach ButterflyFlyingN/A4 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BugCricketOn groundN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugBell CricketOn groundN/A5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
BugRed DragonflyFlyingN/A8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BugViolin BeetleOn tree stumpsN/AAll day
BugPill BugHit rocksN/A11 p.m. – 4 p.m.
BugCentipedeHit rocksN/A4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
FishPikeRiverX LargeAll day
FishCherry SalmonRiver (Clifftop)Medium4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishCharRiver (Clifftop)Medium4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishGolden TroutRiver (Clifftop)Medium4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishSalmonRiver (mouth)LargeAll day
FishKing SalmonRiver (mouth)LargestAll day
FishMitten CrabRiverSmall4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
FishSturgeonRiver (mouth)LargestAll day
Sea creatureTurban shellOcean divingN/AAll day
Sea creatureChambered nautilusOcean divingN/A4 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Sea creatureUmbrella octopusOcean divingN/AAll day
Sea creatureSweet shrimpOcean divingN/A4 p.m. – 9 a.m.