I have yet to catch a Stringfish this month, and Stringfish are set to go away at the end of the month in the northern hemisphere. However, the daily announcement isn't for another 5 hours. Do I have until midnight on 4/1, or 5am on 4/1 to catch fish that are leaving this month?

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    .... until midnight where? The switch has timezone support (and as an internet-enabled device needs to know about UTC anyways). Does this mean you could set your clock "back in time" and still catch the fish? Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 15:42
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    @Clockwork-Muse The game is based on your system time, so it is simultaneously in-game time and system time.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 17:15

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It's midnight. I happened to be playing yesterday around midnight and I started catching April fish from midnight on.

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    Confirmed. I caught a Surgeonfish @ 12:15. Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 12:30

I believe it switched over at midnight, as soon as it became April. I caught my stringfish with about fifteen minutes to spare. I checked its entry after midnight, and it showed it wasn't available during any hours and that it was currently considered April. It's hard to prove a negative, but I also didn't see any emperor butterflies after midnight. If you check their entry, I assume it looks similar to the stringfish one in terms of current hours of availability. Hope that helps.

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