Fishing Strategy

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

This page provides fishing strategy information for Stardew Valley.

Basics of Strategy

The availability of many types of fish can depend on various factors: the location of the fishing spot, the season, the time of day, and the weather. Match your fishing location to current conditions as necessary in order to give yourself the chance to catch the type(s) of fish you want.

Location

A fishing spot is not divided by ocean, lake and river, but by map. For instance, the river in Cindersap Forest is not the same as the river in Pelican Town.

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.

Bobber Position

In general, you want to cast your bobber as far from land as possible, to maximize the Fishing Zone. Longer casting distances are important, but also casting east/west instead of north/south can improve your fishing zone, as can fishing in wide-open water. In addition to affecting the quality of the fish, Fishing Zone also affects the chances of catching certain fish over other ones. While all non-Legendary fish can be caught in tiles that have a zone of 1, a lot of the "better" fish have a higher chance to be caught the further at higher-zone locations.

Bubbles greatly increase the rate at which fish bite, and can also alter the relative chances of each fish type at the location. Careful placement of your bobber on the edge of the bubbles allows the bubble bonus to be used in any of the adjacent tiles, providing some ability to optimize your Fishing Zone.

Fishing Zones

The following images show the Fishing Zone based on the location where your bobber lands, color coded as: DistanceKey.png

Note that these maps are not valid on iOS because of a bug.

The Farm

Standard Farm Riverland Farm
StandardFarmDistances.png
RiverlandFarmDistances.png
Forest Farm Hill-top Farm
ForestFarmDistances.png
Hill-topFarmDistances.png
Wilderness Farm Four Corners Farm
WildernessFarmDistances.png
4CornersFarmDistances.png

Pelican Town

Cindersap Forest

TownDistances.png
ForestDistances.png

The Beach

The Mountain

BeachDistances.png
MountainDistances.png

The Desert

The Sewers

DesertDistances.png
SewerDistances.png

The Mines

Secret Woods

Mine floors 20, 60, & 100
SecretWoodsDistances.png

Night Market

The submarine ride at the Night Market

Mutant Bug Lair

MutantBugLairDistances.png

Witch's Swamp

SwampDistances.png

Location Tables

Note that the 5 legendary fish are not included in the tables below. The following tables are based on the data in Content\Locations.xnb.

Pelican Town

Time
 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 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 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 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 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1
Sardine.png Sardine
Flounder.png Flounder
Anchovy.png Anchovy
Herring.png Herring
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Halibut.png Halibut
Eel.png Eel Rainy day only
 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
Flounder.png Flounder
Seaweed.png Seaweed
Halibut.png Halibut
Pufferfish.png Pufferfish Sunny day only
Super Cucumber.png Super Cucumber
 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 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 Rainy day only
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 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 Pond
Shad.png Shad River Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream River
 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 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
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp Pond
Green Algae.png Green Algae Both
Smallmouth Bass.png Smallmouth Bass Pond
Shad.png Shad River Rainy day only
Walleye.png Walleye Both Rainy day only
Bream.png Bream River
 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
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp Pond
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 Mines.

Time
 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
Bullhead.png Bullhead
Carp.png Carp
Chub.png Chub
Green Algae.png Green Algae
 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 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
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp
 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
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp

The Mines

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

Secret Woods

Time
 All 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 Desert

Time
 All 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

The Sewers

Time
 All 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

Mutant Bug Lair

Time
 All 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
Green Algae.png Green Algae
White Algae.png White Algae

Witch's Swamp

Time
 All 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
Catfish.png Catfish Rainy day only
Green Algae.png Green Algae
White Algae.png White Algae

Fish Infograph

Note that this graph is accurate as of v1.3, but not complete (it does not include the Mutant Bug Lair, Witch's Swamp, Night Market fish or the Cindersap Forest pond).

The Ultimate Fishing Infograph.png