Fishing Strategy

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For a list of fish and their locations, see the Fish page.
For information about the Fishing Skill, see the Fishing page.
For an index to the completed fish collection, see Collections.
See also: Tackle, Bait

This page provides fishing strategy information for Stardew Valley.

Fishing Seasons

Summer

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Fall / Winter

Fish Focus Walleye.png

Winter

Fish in winter.png

Fish Infograph

The Ultimate Fishing Infograph.png

Prime Locations

The quality of fish rises the farther the line is cast from any walk-able area. In addition to the following spots, its generally known that darker parts of the water or water with a log in it (the Mines Lake, Cindersap forest lake) tend to produce quality fish. For example: in the river in the southwest part of Pelican town, you can hit the dark water area and come up with gold fish most if not all of the time.

Some of these locations are also the exact locations for the legendary fish.

Pelican Town

Optimal Fishing Location - Jodi's House 1.PNG
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The Beach

  • Western pier. Cast near the rock.
Optimal Fishing Location - Beach West Pier.jpg

  • Where the river meets the ocean (in the middle of the river mouth triangle). Cast at an angle into the dark blue water from either side.
Optimal Fishing Location - Beach River Mouth.jpg

  • Eastern pier (across the repaired bridge). Cast down or left at the end of the dock.
Optimal Fishing Location - Beach East Pier 1.jpg Optimal Fishing Location - Beach East Pier 2.jpg

Cindersap Forest

Optimal Fishing Location - Leah's House.PNG
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Optimal Fishing Location - Forest River.PNG Optimal Fishing Location - Forest River 2.jpg
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The Mountains

  • Southwest edge of the fence past Robin's house.
  • Southern tip of the second island, also accessible from the area near the broken bridge to the east.
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Time and Locations

According to the game file, a fishing spot is not divided by ocean, lake and river, but by the maps. For instance, the river south of Leah's house is not the same as the river in town.

Note that special fish are not included in the below tables. These special fish are the 5 Legendary fish and the 4 Mine fish.

The following tables are based on the Locations.xnb file:

Pelican Town

Time
Spring.png Spring 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Sunfish.png Sunfish Sunny day only
Catfish.png Catfish Rainy day only
Green Algae.png Green Algae
Smallmouth Bass.png Smallmouth Bass
Shad.png Shad Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream


Summer.png Summer 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Rainbow Trout.png Rainbow Trout Sunny day only
Sunfish.png Sunfish Sunny day only
Green Algae.png Green Algae
Pike.png Pike
Shad.png Shad Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream


Fall.png Fall 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Salmon.png Salmon
Tiger Trout.png Tiger Trout
Catfish.png Catfish Rainy day only
Green Algae.png Green Algae
Smallmouth Bass.png Smallmouth Bass
Shad.png Shad Rainy day only
Walleye.png Walleye Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream


Winter.png Winter 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Tiger Trout.png Tiger Trout
Green Algae.png Green Algae
Lingcod.png Lingcod
Perch.png Perch
Pike.png Pike
Bream.png Bream

The Beach

Time
Spring.png Spring 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Sardine.png Sardine
Anchovy.png Anchovy
Herring.png Herring
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Halibut.png Halibut
Eel.png Eel Rainy day only


Summer.png Summer 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Octopus.png Octopus
Tilapia.png Tilapia
Red Mullet.png Red Mullet
Red Snapper.png Red Snapper Rainy day only
Tuna.png Tuna
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Halibut.png Halibut
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish Sunny day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber


Fall.png Fall 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Tilapia.png Tilapia
Red Snapper.png Red Snapper Rainy day only
Sardine.png Sardine
Sea Cucumber.png Sea Cucumber
Anchovy.png Anchovy
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Albacore.png Albacore
Eel.png Eel Rainy day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber


Winter.png Winter 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Red Mullet.png Red Mullet
Sardine.png Sardine
Sea Cucumber.png Sea Cucumber
Tuna.png Tuna
Herring.png Herring
Red Snapper.png Red Snapper
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Albacore.png Albacore
Halibut.png Halibut
Squid.png Squid

Cindersap Forest

Note that there are two fishing spots in the forest, the pond in the middle and the river to the south.

Time
Spring.png Spring 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Sunfish.png Sunfish River Sunny day only
Catfish.png Catfish River Rainy day only
Chub.png Chub River
Green Algae.png Green Algae Both
Smallmouth Bass.png Smallmouth Bass Lake
Shad.png Shad River Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream River


Summer.png Summer 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Dorado.png Dorado River
Rainbow Trout.png Rainbow Trout River Sunny day only
Sunfish.png Sunfish River Sunny day only
Chub.png Chub River
Green Algae.png Green Algae Both
Pike.png Pike Both
Shad.png Shad River Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream River


Fall.png Fall 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Salmon.png Salmon River
Tiger Trout.png Tiger Trout River
Catfish.png Catfish River Rainy day only
Chub.png Chub River
Green Algae.png Green Algae Both
Smallmouth Bass.png Smallmouth Bass Lake
Shad.png Shad River Rainy day only
Walleye.png Walleye Both Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream River


Winter.png Winter 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Tiger Trout.png Tiger Trout River
Chub.png Chub River
Green Algae.png Green Algae Both
Lingcod.png Lingcod River
Perch.png Perch Both
Pike.png Pike Both
Bream.png Bream River

The Mountain

Note that this refers to the lake outside of the mine.

Time
Spring.png Spring 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Largemouth Bass.png Largemouth Bass
Legend.png Legend Rainy day only
Bullhead.png Bullhead
Carp.png Carp
Chub.png Chub
Green Algae.png Green Algae


Summer.png Summer 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Largemouth Bass.png Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout.png Rainbow Trout Sunny day only
Sturgeon.png Sturgeon
Bullhead.png Bullhead
Carp.png Carp
Chub.png Chub
Green Algae.png Green Algae


Fall.png Fall 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Largemouth Bass.png Largemouth Bass
Bullhead.png Bullhead
Carp.png Carp
Chub.png Chub
Green Algae.png Green Algae
Walleye.png Walleye Rainy day only


Winter.png Winter 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Largemouth Bass.png Largemouth Bass
Sturgeon.png Sturgeon
Bullhead.png Bullhead
Chub.png Chub
Green Algae.png Green Algae
Lingcod.png Lingcod
Perch.png Perch

Secret Locations

The Mines

Time
All Seasons Icon.png All Seasons 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Ghostfish.png Ghostfish All
Stonefish.png Stonefish Lvl 20
Green Algae.png Green Algae All
White Algae.png White Algae All
Ice Pip.png Ice Pip Lvl 60
Lava Eel.png Lava Eel Lvl 100

Secret Woods

Northwest of Cindersap Forest.

Note: Catfish can not be found here in winter.
Time
All Seasons Icon.png All Seasons 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Carp.png Carp
Woodskip.png Woodskip
Catfish.png Catfish Rainy day only

The Sewers

The Sewers are an easy and productive fishing location, especially to level up the fishing skill or farm treasure. Carp is the least difficult fish to catch in the game and it is the only fish in the sewers (except for a single Legendary Fish, the Mutant Carp). Therefore, every cast of the line results in either an immediate item reward or a quick Carp catch. This makes the Sewers an ideal place to fish for treasure since Carp are unlikely to escape. Since carp and algae are the only possible non-treasure catches, your inventory will not become clogged with other fish, unlike at locations with more diverse fish stocks.

Time
All Seasons Icon.png All Seasons 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Carp.png Carp
Mutant Carp.png Mutant Carp
Green Algae.png Green Algae
White Algae.png White Algae

The Desert

Time
All Seasons Icon.png All Seasons 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Sandfish.png Sandfish
Scorpion Carp.png Scorpion Carp
Green Algae.png Green Algae

Mutant Bug Lair

Through the sewers. Can only be accessed end-game, after picking up the quest Dark Talisman.

Time
All Seasons Icon.png All Seasons 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Carp.png Carp
Slimejack.png Slimejack

Witch's Swamp

Through the cave behind the train platform. Can only be accessed end-game, after completing the quest Dark Talisman.

Time
All Seasons Icon.png All Seasons 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Void Salmon.png Void Salmon