Pond smelt
イシカリワカサギ Ishikari wakasagi
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Location Price
River poolWWCF
300 Bells
Size Shadow size
6.70 in. 17 cm Small
Time of year Time of day
December to February All day
Scientific name Hypomesus olidus
Family Osmeridae - Smelts
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of Italy small Pingo
Flag of France small Éperlan
Flag of Germany small Stint
Flag of Spain Eperlano
"I caught a pond smelt! Whoever smelt it dealt it!" —New Horizons

The pond smelt is a relatively common winter fish found in the river at any time of the day between the months of December and February. In City Folk and New Leaf it is usually restricted to the river pool.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Crossing

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!"

In Wild World

In City Folk

Blathers will give his usual short speech on your donation. His words are as follows:

"Pond smelt are a popular catch during winter ice-hole fishing, eh wot? It's a simple sport, really. You open a hole in the ice, drop your line in...and then wait for a nibbly-nibbly! Not that I've tried. I find cold weather rather unappealing, so ice fishing is hardly a possibility..."

Upon donating it to the Museum, it can be found in the middle/right tank in the Aquarium.

In New Leaf

"Pond smelt are small but vigorous fish that can survive in water of relatively poor quality. Pond smelt are related to salmon and as such have a lot of the same migratory tendencies. Most of them swim from rivers to the ocean and then return to rivers and lakes. However, some of them actually live in lakes that have no connection to the ocean, so they don't migrate. They have small fins and are perfect for eating whole as tempura or grilled on barbecues."

Capture quotes

"I caught a pond smelt! Whew! And I thought the POND smelt bad!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a pond smelt! What does the pond smell like?" —Wild World
"I caught a pond smelt! Whew! This guy's ripe!" —City Folk
"I caught a pond smelt! Whoever smelt it, dealt it!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

ワカサギを つりあげた!こおりがなくても つれるのね」 —Animal Forest
, Wild World & City Folk

"I caught a pond smelt! Guess I can catch it even when it's not icy" (translation)

ワカサギを 釣り上げた!氷がなくても 釣れるのね」 —New Leaf

"I caught a pond smelt! Guess I can catch it even when it's not icy" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Pond smelt (Wild World) "They made ice fishing famous!"
Size 5.9 inches
Habitat Rivers (All Day)
Season Winter
Icon Pond smelt (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Pond Smelt (City Folk)
"Known as ice-fishing targets, these can survive in freshwater and salt water."
Size About 6 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season Winter

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a pond smelt! It could sure use a bath!"
Size About 6 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season Winter


Further information

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A real life pond smelt

The pond smelt is a type of harmless commercial fish found in middle to surface waters in lakes, rivers, and ponds - this means it is caught to be sold for food. It can be found across the world in the Arctic, Northwest to Northeast of the Pacific, Canada, Alaska, Korea, and Japan. They feed off of plankton, small insects, and algae. Adults can be found spawning in in-shore areas between spring and summer.

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