Crab pots are floated on the shores of bodies of water (lakes, ponds, rivers, or the ocean) and primed with Bait in order to catch fish. Players with the Luremaster profession don't need to refill the pots with bait.
They are very useful for increasing your fishing level without actually having to fish. Fish caught with Crab Pots (Lobsters, crabs, etc.) also count towards the Mother Catch Achievement.
Crab pots can be crafted, or purchased for 1,500g at Willy's Fish Shop once you've reached fishing skill level 3. Three Crab Pots are the reward for completing the Crab Pot Bundle in the Fish Tank.
The day after placing a crab pot, the following items can be found in it:
The following trash items can be obtained by putting a crab pot in any type of water, which includes the river, the lake and the ocean. They can be recycled into useful items.
The following creatures can be caught by putting a crab pot in the waters of The Beach.
Note that iridium quality Clam, Cockle, Mussel, or Oyster can be obtained only by Foraging them after choosing the Botanist Profession. The maximum quality obtainable with a crab pot is gold.
The following creatures can be caught by putting a crab pot in the waters of The Farm's ponds, The Mountain Lake or Pelican Town / Cindersap Forest river:
The Crab Pot is used in the Wanted: Lobster Quest.
Upon taking the Luremaster profession, Crab Pots no longer need to be baited. However, this can cause some inconvenience for harvesting, as attempting to automatically harvest them will also automatically collect the crab pot, even while holding bait. This can be prevented by harvesting crab pots with an empty inventory slot selected, as an empty inventory slot cannot accidentally collect the Crab Pots.