Black bass
ブラックバス Burakku-basu
Black bass encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 300 Bells
Size Shadow size
22.75 in. 60 cm Medium (GCN, WW)
Large (CF, NL)
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Micropterus salmoides
Family Centrarchidae- Sunfish
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL , PC
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of Spain Perca
Flag of Germany small Barsch
Flag of Italy small Boccalone
Flag of France small Bar
"I caught a black bass! I've got some class!" —New Leaf

The black bass is a common fish found in rivers that appears in all games. It appears year round, all day and sells for 300 Bells. Despite the name, the black bass is not actually black at all, but a dark sheen of green. It is a member of the bass family.

In the Gamecube games, it was split into three fish including itself. The other two were the Small Bass and the Large Bass. It, the Large Bass, and the Small Bass make up the only species in Animal Crossing that classifies as multiple different fish.

Donating to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the black bass can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"This is one of those fish that seem to mysteriously disappear from time to time. Drives fishermen batty, wot! Have no fear, dear friend! You're leaving this beauty in very good wings, hmmm? Hoo! Owl humor. Hoo hoo!"

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"In sport-fishing, the black bass is very often the main quarry... It's apparently a delicious fish, so I'd imagine some sport-cooking fellows! Indeed, I suppose they would call that a catch-and-eat program! Hoo hoo!"

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The black bass sports tremendous strength for its size, making it a popular catch in sportfishing. The bass is so popular that there are even fishermen who specialize exclusively in catching bass, eh wot? There are concerns about the effect of fishing on its habitat...but even so, this fish remains a favorite."

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"They get their name from their somewhat blackish bodies, though they have a green tint. They usually hide in weeds and wait until other fish approach before forcefully striking. Many people use lures to catch black bass because they are such strong fish. Black bass have a fierce image, as the males will scare off other fish to protect the fry in the nest. They are related to sea bass, so they make for a tasty dinner, though their skin has a very strong odor."

It can be found in the large tank at the top of the room in the river section of the aquarium.

Capture quotes

"I caught a bass! If I can catch a drummer, maybe I'll form a band!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a black bass! That couldn't BE more bass!" —Wild World
"I caught a black bass! Turn up the bass!" —City Folk

{{hide jp| 「ふつうのバスを つりあげた! まあまあ かなー。」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a normal bass! I wonder if it's so-so..." (translation)

「ブラックバスを 釣り上げた! 何センチ? 何センチ?」 —City Folk and New Leaf

"I caught a black bass! How big is it? How big is it?" (translation)
"I caught a black bass! I got some class." (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Black bass (Wild World) "They breed well, as the males guard the eggs."
Size 19.5 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Black bass (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Black Bass (City Folk)
"Males protect the eggs, making this species easy to propagate."
Size About 23 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Black bass encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a black bass! I've got some class!"
Size About 23 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year


Further information

Black bass copyright

A real life Black Bass

Black Bass is a term referring to all freshwater bass in the genus Micropterus (Micropterus latin for small fin) of which there are seven species as seen on the list to the right. The species seen in Animal Crossing is the Largemouth Bass (M. salmoides). The Largemouth Bass, originating from the United States in North America, is the state fish of the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Tennessee as a result of its status as a sport fish. Bass have been featured in many fishing games, most of which are entirely dedicated to the Largemouth Bass itself though same games include the Smallmouth and other American sport fish. The Largemouth is also the largest of the Black Bass, and the biggest fish on record was a 75 cm (29.5 inches) adult from the lake of Escondido. (Further Information)

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