Fishing

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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 interface showing normal and Legendary Fish

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

A fishing rod is used to cast a fishing line into a body of water. To cast, start by holding down the left mouse button. A meter appears, indicating how far the line will go. Release to cast. You can cast further with a higher skill level and better fishing rods. It is possible to slightly alter the line's placement mid-cast with the arrow keys or WASD, allowing you better control over aiming the cast. The distance your bobber lands away from any dry land determines what kinds of fish you'll hook.

Sometimes a pool of bubbles appears in the water. Cast into these pools to get a quicker bite. You will know you cast correctly when the pool starts to sparkle. When a fish bites, the game displays "HIT!" and gives a metallic sound cue. Click the left mouse button to start the mini-game.

The mini-game display consists of two larger rectangles: a blue water-depth indicator at the left and a progress bar at the right. There is a smaller, movable green rectangle inside the depth meter that indicates the area of effect for your fishing line. The goal of the fishing mini-game is to keep the small fish icon within the green rectangle until the progress bar to the right is completely filled. If the fish's icon moves above or below the green rectangle, the progress bar decreases; the fish escapes if it dwindles to nothing. The game declares a "perfect" catch when the fish never leaves the green rectangle.

You can slowly raise the green rectangle by rapidly clicking the left mouse button. Slower clicking holds the green in place when it is not on the bottom. Stopping the clicking allows it to descend. Hold the left mouse button to raise it at increasing speed. Be careful moving it, though, for it gathers momentum quickly and takes time to reverse, making it easy to overshoot the fish and drain the progress bar.

The green rectangle increases in size with higher fishing skill level and better fishing rods. The erratic movement of fish also decreases with higher fishing skill level and better fishing rods, improving your control by means of gentler motions of the rectangle.

It can be useful to keep the fish near the top of the rectangle area, as clicking to raise it produces instant response, but you need to become inactive to get it to drop, which means a slight delay.

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 Poles

Used to catch fish.

Image Name Cost Improvements Location Requirements
Bamboo Pole.png
Bamboo Pole Gold.png500g Given to you by Willy

Buy from Willy's Fish Shop

Fiberglass Rod.png
Fiberglass Rod Gold.png1,800g Able to use bait. Buy from Willy's Fish Shop Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 2

(You receive a letter the day after it becomes available)

Iridium Rod.png
Iridium Rod Gold.png7,500g Able to use bait & tackle. Buy from Willy's Fish Shop Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 6

(You receive a letter the day after it becomes available)

Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Skill

Fishing Skill is increased by catching Fish, Trash, Seaweed, Green Algae, or White Algae 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 / Cooking 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 Magnet.png Magnet Angler Icon.png Angler
Fish worth 50% more.
Mariner.png Mariner
Crab pots no longer produce junk items.
Pirate.png Pirate
Chance to find treasure doubled.
Luremaster.png Luremaster
Crab pots no longer require bait.

Experience Points

The amount of experience earned for each caught fish is as follows: [1]

XP = (Fish Quality + 1) * 3 + (Fish Difficulty / 3)

Fish Quality = 0 for normal, 1 for silver, or 2 for gold
Fish Difficulty is a number from 5-110, listed in the data file Fish.xnb.

For example, a regular quality sardine (difficulty 30) would net you (0 + 1) * 3 + (30 / 3) = 13XP.

XP is multiplied by 2.2 if you also catch a treasure chest, by 2.4 if the catch was "perfect" and by 5 if the catch was a Legendary fish. These multiplications stack, and are performed in order (first treasure chest, then perfect, then Legendary).

For example, catching a perfect Sardine with a treasure chest would earn you 13 * 2.2 = 28.6 (truncated to 28) XP, then 28 * 2.4 = 67.2 (truncated to 67) XP.
Catching a perfect gold quality Crimsonfish (difficulty 95) with a treasure chest would net you (2+1) * 3 + (95 / 3) = 40.67 (truncated to 40) base XP; 40 * 2.2 = 88XP; 88 * 2.4 = 211.2 (truncated to 211) XP; 211 * 5 = 1055 XP.

Crab pots earn you 5XP each time you collect from them, no matter what is collected.

Trash, algae and seaweed caught with the fishing pole earn 3 XP each.

Experience level is increased immediately upon harvesting a Crab Pot or catching an item with a fishing pole, but the "level up" window doesn't appear until after going to sleep.

The XP required for leveling up is the same as for all skills:

Lvl Total
Experience
Total Sardines
(No stars)
Total Gold Star Legend Fish
(225XP, highest in game)
Total Crab Pot
1 100 8 1 20*
2 380 30 2 76
3 770 60 4 154
4 1300 100 6 260
5 2150 166 10 430
6 3300 254 15 660
7 4800 370 22 960
8 6900 531 31 1380
9 10000 770 45 2000
10 15000 1154 67 3000

*Note: The first level of fishing cannot normally be completed with Crab Pots, because the player does not have access to bait until level 2. If, however, the player befriends Linus, his four heart cutscene will give the recipe for Wild Bait, which can be used to bait crab pots at any Fishing Skill level.

In addition, three crab pots can be earned at any Fishing Level by completing the Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle in the Fish Tank. Completing the bundle without playing the fishing mini-game (or using crab pots) requires 4 fish foraged from the beach and 1 crab obtained by killing crabs in the mines.

Food

Certain cooked dishes will temporarily increase fishing level.

Image Name Description Ingredients Restores Buff(s) Buff Duration 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.png 225
Health.png 101
Fishing.png Fishing (+1) Time Icon.png 16m 47s

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

Gold.png135g
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.png 125
Health.png 56
Fishing.png Fishing (+3) Time Icon.png 5m 35s Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 3 Gold.png220g
Escargot.png
Escargot Butter-soaked snails cooked to perfection. Snail.png Snail (1)Garlic.png Garlic (1) Energy.png 225
Health.png 101
Fishing.png Fishing (+2) Time Icon.png 16m 47s

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

Gold.png125g
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.png 225
Health.png 101
Fishing.png Fishing (+3) Time Icon.png 16m 47s

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

Gold.png175g
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.png 165
Health.png 74
Fishing.png Fishing (+2) Time Icon.png 7m

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

Gold.png500g
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.png 225
Health.png 101
Fishing.png Fishing (+3)Max Energy.png Max Energy (+50) Time Icon.png 16m 47s

Cooking Channel.png The Queen of Sauce
14 Winter, Year 2

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

Gold.png205g
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.png 225
Health.png 101
Farming.png Farming (+1)Fishing.png Fishing (+1)Mining.png Mining (+1) Time Icon.png 16m 47s

Cooking Channel.png The Queen of Sauce
14 Summer, Year 2

Gold.png300g
Trout Soup.png
Trout Soup Pretty salty. Rainbow Trout.png Rainbow Trout (1)Green Algae.png Green Algae (1) Energy.png 100
Health.png 45
Fishing.png Fishing (+1) Time Icon.png 4m 39s

Cooking Channel.png The Queen of Sauce
14 Fall, Year 1

Gold.png100g

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).

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

Item Number in Chest Fishing Level Required Other Requirements
Treasure Chest.png Treasure Chest 1 2+
Iridium Ore.png Iridium Ore 1-2 Must cast Max Distance
Gold Ore.png Gold Ore 1-24 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 1-24
Copper Ore.png Copper Ore 1-24
Wood.png Wood 1-24
Stone.png Stone 1-24
Coal.png Coal 1-24
Dressed Spinner.png Dressed Spinner 1 6+ Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Bait.png Bait 1-15
Lost Book.png Lost Book 1 Only if you've already found 1+ Lost Books, and the Museum's Library collection is not complete
Skeletal Tail.png Skeletal Tail 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Nautilus Fossil.png Nautilus Fossil 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Amphibian Fossil.png Amphibian Fossil 1-2 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Ancient Doll.png Ancient Doll 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Elvish Jewelry.png Elvish Jewelry 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Chewing Stick.png Chewing Stick 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Ornamental Fan.png Ornamental Fan 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Dinosaur Egg.png Dinosaur Egg 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Rare Disc.png Rare Disc 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Ancient Sword.png Ancient Sword 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Rusty Spoon.png Rusty Spoon 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Rusty Spur.png Rusty Spur 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Rusty Cog.png Rusty Cog 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Chicken Statue.png Chicken Statue 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Ancient Seed.png Ancient Seed 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Prehistoric Tool.png Prehistoric Tool 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Dried Starfish.png Dried Starfish 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Anchor.png Anchor 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Glass Shards.png Glass Shards 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Bone Flute.png Bone Flute 1 2+ Only if you've already found 1+ artifacts
Strange Doll (yellow).png Strange Doll 1 2+
Strange Doll (green).png Strange Doll 1 2+
Geode.png Geode 1-6
Frozen Geode.png Frozen Geode 1-6
Magma Geode.png Magma Geode 1-6 Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Fire Quartz.png Fire Quartz 1-4 2+ Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Ruby.png Ruby 1-4 2+ Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Emerald.png Emerald 1-4 2+ Must cast Max Distance or one tile less than Max Distance
Frozen Tear.png Frozen Tear 1-4 2+
Jade.png Jade 1-4 2+
Aquamarine.png Aquamarine 1-4 2+
Earth Crystal.png Earth Crystal 1-4 2+
Amethyst.png Amethyst 1-4 2+
Topaz.png Topaz 1-4 2+
Diamond.png Diamond 1-2 2+
Prismatic Shard.png Prismatic Shard 1 6+
Mixed Seeds.png Mixed Seeds 1-3
Neptune's Glaive.png Neptune's Glaive 1 2+
Broken Trident.png Broken Trident 1 2+
Small Glow Ring.png Small Glow Ring 1 2+
Small Magnet Ring.png Small Magnet Ring 1 2+
Amethyst Ring.png Amethyst Ring 1 2+
Topaz Ring.png Topaz Ring 1 2+
Aquamarine Ring.png Aquamarine Ring 1 2+
Jade Ring.png Jade Ring 1 2+
Emerald Ring.png Emerald Ring 1 2+
Ruby Ring.png Ruby Ring 1 2+
Iridium Band.png Iridium Band 1 2+
Sneakers.png Sneakers 1 pair 2+
Rubber Boots.png Rubber Boots 1 pair 2+
Leather Boots.png Leather Boots 1 pair 2+
Work Boots.png Work Boots 1 pair 2+
Combat Boots.png Combat Boots 1 pair 2+
Tundra Boots.png Tundra Boots 1 pair 2+
Thermal Boots.png Thermal Boots 1 pair 2+
Dark Boots.png Dark Boots 1 pair 2+
Firewalker Boots.png Firewalker Boots 1 pair 2+
Genie Shoes.png Genie Shoes 1 pair 2+

Achievements

There are 4 Achievements related to Fishing. Note that catching Green Algae, White Algae, or Seaweed counts towards these achievements.

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

Exploit

You can pause time while fishing by clicking on the journal icon. Fish will still bite while the journal is displayed; simply click on the screen (outside the journal) when a fish bites to close the journal and begin reeling the fish in. This exploit does not work by hitting the "F" key.

Note that pausing time in this way also pauses the countdown timer of fishing buffs gained from eating food.

References

  1. See FishingRod::doPullFishFromWater in the game code.