Fishing Strategy

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For a list of fish and their locations, see the Fish page.
For information about the Fishing Skill and Mechanics, 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.

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.

Below Fishing skill level 4, casting left or right gives you an opportunity to get a higher quality catch than casting up or down, because the maximum casting distance is greater.

Depth

Water depth (or clearWaterDistance in modding) refers to distance from land (any walkable area), not to distance beneath the water surface. Since the quality of the fish you catch depends on depth, you ideally want to cast your bobber as far from land as you can. It is worth noting that the color of the water and the particular fishing spot have no effect on fish quality at all. Only the bobber's depth when you make a catch matters. (For more information, see Casting Distance.)

To cast into bubbles, you do not have many options about how far you cast, but bubbles increase your depth and may thus increase fish quality, or at least restore what is lost by a shorter cast, while still providing the quick bite feature of bubbles.

In addition to affecting the quality of the fish, depth also affects the chances of catching certain fish over other ones. While all fish can be caught in tiles that have a depth of 1, a lot of the "better" fish have a higher chance to be caught the further away from land you go.

Fishing Seasons

Summer

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Fall / Winter

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Winter

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Fish Infograph

Note that this graph is accurate as of v1.3.

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Prime Fishing Locations

Below are some suggested prime fishing locations, which have ample depth in which to catch the best quality fish. Some of these are also locations where you can catch legendary fish.

Pelican Town

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

  • Western pier. Cast near the rock.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

  • Southeast 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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Access to Standard Fish

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 the 5 legendary fish are not included in the tables below.

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
Flounder.png Flounder
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
Flounder.png Flounder
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 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.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 Pond
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
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.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
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 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
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
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp
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
Midnight Carp.png Midnight Carp

Access to Special Fish

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 Lvl 20, 60
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 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

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

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
Catfish.png Catfish Rainy day only