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For a list of fish and their locations, see the Fish page.
For an index to the completed fish collection, see Collections.
For the guide to catch all fish, see Fishing Strategy.
See also: Tackle, Bait
Pool of Bubbles

Fishing is a skill associated with catching fish, using a fishing rod or crab pots, in Stardew Valley.

A fishing rod is used to cast a fishing line into a body of water. Casting into randomly appearing bubbles in the water will result in fish biting quicker. To cast, hold down the left mouse button (a meter will appear), then release to cast. Depending on how full the meter is when the mouse button is released, determines how far the line is cast. It is possible to slightly alter the placement of the fishing line with the arrow keys or
W
A
S
D
during mid cast. This can help with bubbling water pools in awkward positions. When a fish bites, click the left mouse button to start the mini-game.

The goal of the fishing mini-game is to keep the small fish icon in the rectangle area until a progress bar is completely filled. The rectangle area can be moved up by clicking and holding the mouse button, or repeatedly clicking the mouse button in quick succession. The rectangle area can be increased with fishing skill level and better fishing rods. The erratic movement of fish will also decrease with higher fishing skill level and better fishing rods.

It can be useful to keep the fish near the top of the rectangle area, as clicking to raise it is instant, but there's a slight delay when it drops. If the fish's icon moves above or below the rectangle area, the progress bar will decrease, and the fish will escape when it decreased all the way. Catching a fish without the fish leaving the rectangle area will display a "perfect".

Sometimes a pool of bubbles will appear, casting into this pool of bubbles increases the amount of hits you get. You will know you cast correctly into the pool of bubbles, when it starts to sparkle.

Xbox Controls

When using an Xbox controller, first equip your fishing rod. Tap and hold the 360 X.png button and release when you are ready to cast your line. Once your line is cast, immediately tap and hold the 360 X.png button again. Once you're alerted that something has bit (an ! icon pops up with a sound effect) then release the X button to load the mini-game. Tap/hold/release or quickly tap the 360 A.png button to play the mini-game.

Fishing rods

Used to catch fish.

Image Name Cost Improvements Location Requirements
Bamboo Pole.png
Bamboo Pole Coin Icon500g Given to you by Willy

Buy from Willy's Fish Shop

Fiberglass Rod.png
Fiberglass Rod Coin Icon1,800g Able to use bait. Buy from Willy's Fish Shop Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2

(You receive a letter once available)

Iridium Rod.png
Iridium Rod Coin Icon7,500g Able to use bait & tackle. Buy from Willy's Fish Shop Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 6

(You receive a letter once available)


Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Skill

Fishing Skill is increased by catching Fish or Trash with a Fishing Rod/Pole or by harvesting Crab Pots.

Each level grants +1 Fishing Rod Proficiency, increases the minimum fish size (in/cm) and bobber bar height, and decreases the max amount of time before fish bite. Fishing skill also increases the chance to find quality (silver or gold star) fish.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Choose a Profession:
Bait.png Bait Crab Pot.png Crab PotDish o' The Sea.png Dish o' The Sea Recycling Machine.png Recycling Machine
  • Casting distance increased by one tile
Fisher.png Fisher
Fish worth 25% more.
Trapper.png Trapper
Resources required to craft crab pots reduced.
Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Crafting Recipes: Fisher: Trapper:
Spinner.png SpinnerTrap Bobber.png Trap Bobber Cork Bobber.png Cork BobberTreasure Hunter.png Treasure Hunter Worm Bin.png Worm BinBarbed Hook.png Barbed HookDressed Spinner.png Dressed Spinner
  • Casting distance increased by one tile
Magnet.png Magnet Angler Icon.png Angler
Fish worth 50% more.
Mariner.png Mariner
Crab pots never catch trash.
Pirate.png Pirate
Chance to find treasure doubled.
Luremaster.png Luremaster
Crab pots no longer need to be baited.


Food

Certain cooked dishes will temporarily increase fishing level.

Image Name Description Ingredients Energy Health Stat Bonus Recipe Source(s) Sell Price
Chowder.png
Chowder A perfect way to warm yourself after a cold night at sea. Clam.png Clam (1)Milk.png Milk (1) Energy.png225 Health.png101 Fishing.png Fishing (+1)Time Icon.png 16m47s

Willy Icon.png Willy (Mail - 3+ Hearts)

Coin Icon135g
Dish o' The Sea.png
Dish o' The Sea This'll keep you warm in the cold sea air. Sardine.png Sardine (2)Hashbrowns.png Hashbrowns (1) Energy.png125 Health.png56 Fishing.png Fishing (+3)Time Icon.png 5m35s Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 3 Coin Icon220g
Escargot.png
Escargot Butter-soaked snails cooked to perfection. Snail.png Snail (1)Garlic.png Garlic (1) Energy.png225 Health.png101 Fishing.png Fishing (+2)Time Icon.png 16m47s

Willy Icon.png Willy (Mail - 5+ Hearts)

Coin Icon125g
Fish Stew.png
Fish Stew It smells a lot like the sea. Tastes better, though. Crayfish.png Crayfish (1)Mussel.png Mussel (1)Periwinkle.png Periwinkle (1)Tomato.png Tomato (1) Energy.png225 Health.png101 Fishing.png Fishing (+3)Time Icon.png 16m47s

Willy Icon.png Willy (Mail - 7+ Hearts)

Coin Icon175g
Fish Taco.png
Fish Taco It smells delicious. Tuna.png Tuna (1)Tortilla.png Tortilla (1)Red Cabbage.png Red Cabbage (1)Mayonnaise.png Mayonnaise (1) Energy.png165 Health.png74 Fishing.png Fishing (+2)Time Icon.png 7m

Linus Icon.png Linus (Mail - 7+ Hearts)

Coin Icon500g
Lobster Bisque.png
Lobster Bisque This delicate soup is a secret family recipe of Willy's. Lobster.png Lobster (1)Milk.png Milk (1) Energy.png225 Health.png101 Fishing.png Fishing (+3)Max Energy.png Max Energy (+50)Time Icon.png 16m47s

Cooking Channel.png Cooking Channel
14 Winter, Year 2

Willy Icon.png Willy (Mail - 9+ Hearts)

Coin Icon205g
Maple Bar.png
Maple Bar It's a sweet doughnut topped with a rich maple glaze. Maple Syrup.png Maple Syrup (1)Sugar.png Sugar (1)Wheat Flour.png Wheat Flour (1) Energy.png225 Health.png101 Farming.png Farming (+1)Fishing.png Fishing (+1)Mining.png Mining (+1)Time Icon.png 16m47s

Cooking Channel.png Cooking Channel
14 Summer, Year 2

Coin Icon300g
Trout Soup.png
Trout Soup Pretty salty. Rainbow Trout.png Rainbow Trout (1)Green Algae.png Green Algae (1) Energy.png100 Health.png45 Fishing.png Fishing (+1)Time Icon.png 4m 39s

Cooking Channel.png Cooking Channel
14 Fall, Year 1

Coin Icon100g

Treasure Chests

During the fishing mini-game, a treasure chest will occasionally appear inside the vertical bar. Treasure chests have their own progression bar, fillable by keeping the green bobber bar behind the treasure chest icon Fishing Treasure Chest.png. If obtained, the player is awarded a random bonus loot after catching the fish. Losing the fish also loses the treasure chest.

The base chance of finding a chest is 15%. The probability can be increased with the Magnet (+15%), the Treasure Hunter (+5%) and the Pirate profession (+15%) for a total of 50% chance. It is further increased by daily Luck + (Luck / 2.0)% and a hidden Luck level + (LuckLevel × 0.005)%.

The following is a list of all items that can be found inside Treasure Chests.

Image Name Description Number
in
Chest
Requirements
Treasure Chest.png
Treasure Chest Wow, it's loaded with treasure! This is sure to fetch a good price. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Iridium Ore.png
Iridium Ore An exotic ore with many curious properties. Can be smelted into bars. 1-2 Must cast Max Distance
Gold Ore.png
Gold Ore A precious ore that can be smelted into bars. 1-24 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Iron Ore.png
Iron Ore A fairly common ore that can be smelted into bars. 1-24
Copper Ore.png
Copper Ore A common ore that can be smelted into bars. 1-24
Wood.png
Wood A sturdy, yet flexible plant material with a wide variety of uses. 1-24
Stone.png
Stone A common material with many uses in crafting and building. 1-24
Coal.png
Coal A combustible rock that is useful for crafting and smelting. 1-24
Dressed Spinner.png
Dressed Spinner The metal tab and colorful streamers create an enticing spectacle for fish. Increases the bite-rate when fishing. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 6+
Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Bait.png
Bait Causes fish to bite faster. Must first be attached to a fishing rod. 1-15
Lost Book.png
Lost Book Writings from a wide variety of time periods. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ Lost Books,
and the Museum's Library collection is not complete
Skeletal Tail.png
Skeletal Tail It's pretty short for a tail. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Nautilus Fossil.png
Nautilus Fossil This must've washed up ages ago from an ancient coral reef. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Amphibian Fossil.png
Amphibian Fossil The relatively short hind legs suggest some kind of primordial toad. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Ancient Doll.png
Ancient Doll An ancient doll covered in grime. This doll may have been used as a toy, a decoration, or a prop in some kind of ritual. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Elvish Jewelry.png
Elvish Jewelry Dirty but still beautiful. On the side is a flowing script thought by some to be the ancient language of the elves. No Elvish bones have ever been found. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Chewing Stick.png
Chewing Stick Ancient people chewed on these to keep their teeth clean. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Ornamental Fan.png
Ornamental Fan This exquisute fan most likely belonged to a noblewoman. Historians believe that the valley was a popular sixth-era vacation spot for the wealthy. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Dinosaur Egg.png
Dinosaur Egg A giant dino egg... The entire shell is still intact! 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Rare Disc.png
Rare Disc A heavy black disc studded with peculiar red stones. When you hold it, you're overwhelmed with a feeling of dread. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Ancient Sword.png
Ancient Sword It's the remains of an ancient sword. Most of the blade has turned to rust, but the hilt is very finely crafted. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Rusty Spoon.png
Rusty Spoon A plain old spoon, probably ten years old. Not very interesting. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Rusty Spur.png
Rusty Spur An old spur that was once attached to a cowboy's boot. People must have been raising animals in this area for many generations. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Rusty Cog.png
Rusty Cog A well preserved cog that must have been part of some ancient machine. This could be dwarven technology. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Chicken Statue.png
Chicken Statue It's a statue of a chicken on a bronze base. The ancient people of this area must have been very fond of chickens. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Ancient Seed.png
Ancient Seed It's a dry old seed from some ancient plant. By all appearances it's long since dead... 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Prehistoric Tool.png
Prehistoric Tool Some kind of gnarly old digging tool. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Dried Starfish.png
Dried Starfish A starfish from the primordial ocean. It's an unusually pristine specimen! 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Anchor.png
Anchor It may have belonged to ancient pirates. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Glass Shards.png
Glass Shards A mixture of glass shards smoothed by centuries of ocean surf. These could have belonged to an ancient mosaic or necklace. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Bone Flute.png
Bone Flute It's a prehistoric wind instrument carved from an animal's bone. It produces an eerie tone. 1 Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Strange Doll (yellow).png
Strange Doll ??? 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Strange Doll (green).png
Strange Doll ??? 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Geode.png
Geode A blacksmith can break this open for you. 1-6
Frozen Geode.png
Frozen Geode A blacksmith can break this open for you. 1-6
Magma Geode.png
Magma Geode A blacksmith can break this open for you. 1-6 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Fire Quartz.png
Fire Quartz A glowing red crystal commonly found near hot lava. 1-4 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Ruby.png
Ruby A precious stone that is sought after for its rich color and beautiful luster. 1-4 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Emerald.png
Emerald A precious stone with a brilliant green color. 1-4 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Frozen Tear.png
Frozen Tear A crystal fabled to be the frozen tears of a yeti. 1-4 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Jade.png
Jade A pale green ornamental stone. 1-4 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Aquamarine.png
Aquamarine A shimmery blue-green gem. 1-4 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Earth Crystal.png
Earth Crystal A resinous substance found near the surface. 1-4 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Amethyst.png
Amethyst A purple variant of quartz. 1-4 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Topaz.png
Topaz Fairly common but still prized for its beauty. 1-4 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Diamond.png
Diamond A rare and valuable gem. 1-2 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Prismatic Shard.png
Prismatic Shard A very rare and powerful substance with unknown origins. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 6+
Mixed Seeds.png
Mixed Seeds There's a little bit of everything here. Plant them and see what grows! 1-3
Neptune's Glaive.png
Neptune's Glaive An heirloom from beyond the Gem Sea. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Broken Trident.png
Broken Trident It came from the sea, but it's still sharp. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Small Glow Ring.png
Small Glow Ring Emits a small, constant light. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Small Magnet Ring.png
Small Magnet Ring Slightly increases your radius for collecting items. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Amethyst Ring.png
Amethyst Ring Increases knockback by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Topaz Ring.png
Topaz Ring Increases weapon precision by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Aquamarine Ring.png
Aquamarine Ring Increases critical strike chance by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Jade Ring.png
Jade Ring Increases critical strike power by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Emerald Ring.png
Emerald Ring Increases weapon speed by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Ruby Ring.png
Ruby Ring Increases attack by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Iridium Band.png
Iridium Band Glows, attracts items, and increases attack damage by 10%. 1 Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Sneakers.png
Sneakers A little flimsy... but fashionable! 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Rubber Boots.png
Rubber Boots Protection from the elements. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Leather Boots.png
Leather Boots The leather is very supple. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Work Boots.png
Work Boots Steel-toed for extra protection. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Combat Boots.png
Combat Boots Reinforced with iron mesh. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Tundra Boots.png
Tundra Boots The fuzzy lining keeps your ankles so warm. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Thermal Boots.png
Thermal Boots Designed with extreme weather in mind. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Dark Boots.png
Dark Boots Made from thick black leather. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Firewalker Boots.png
Firewalker Boots It's said these can withstand the hottest magma. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+
Genie Shoes.png
Genie Shoes A curious energy permeates the fabric. 1 pair Requires Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2+

Achievements

There are 4 Achievements related to Fishing.

  • Fisherman (Catch 10 different fish)
  • Ol' Mariner (Catch 24 different fish)
  • Master Angler (Catch every fish)
  • Mother Catch (Catch 100 fish)