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Fishing icon WoW Icon 16x16.png Fishing (Profession)
Dramatization; fishing is not actually that pretty.

Fishing is a secondary profession which allows players to fish various objects, primarily fish, from surfaces of water, lava, and in Deepholm, liquid mercury. Most raw fish are edible directly or can be fed to Hunter Pets. Many can be cooked to improve their properties. (Raising Fishing and Cooking skills together is a good synergy.) Fish have value and can be sold to a vendor (for a pittance, at low levels, but look at  [Goldenscale Vendorfish]) or sold in the Auction House. Deviate fish caught both within Wailing Caverns and from the oases in The Barrens can fetch a good price, for example. A few fish are used as reagents for Alchemy, these will have a steady demand. Occasionally, fishing may also yield lower-level equipment, fish-related offhand items, locked chests, gems and herbs. However, the Fishing profession is often neglected, as it provides little opportunity to improve a character's stats. On Pandaria, however, fishing is tied much more strongly together with cooking and there is even a faction devoted to fishing!

Occasionally, you might run into fishing that does not use the Fishing profession. For instance, the quest A [6] Red Snapper - Very Tasty! has you fish with a net. These exceptions will be limited in scope; that net only catches quest fish and only from those quest pools.

From the official site

Fishers relax and feed themselves by catching the bounty of Azeroth's lakes and seas. Careful bait selection and patience can result in some truly rewarding hauls, from seafaring delicacies that restore heroes' health or enhance their attributes to waterlogged flotsam like cases and trunks. Fishing can even yield rare reagents and items lost at the bottom of the ocean or swallowed up by sea creatures!
Fishing is a secondary profession - anyone can learn to fish, no matter how many other professions they've devoted themselves to.
All fishing must be done in a body of water with a fishing rod, which can be purchased from any fishing trainer. Fishing in different locations (or, optionally, with different types of bait, also bought from trainers) may produce different results.
Though most of your catches will be valuable the moment you haul them out of the water, cooking is a convenient way to get even more mileage out of the fish that you catch - when they're specially prepared, many fish offer additional restorative benefits.[1]

How to fish

Wait patiently for up to 19 seconds before clicking the bobber to find out whether the fish got away.
File:Pointer fishinghook 32x32.png will appear on your bobber

In it's most simplist form, fishing only requires the Fishing skill, taught by fishing trainers. If one is just starting fishing, a fishing pole can be optional, sold by a general trade goods or fishing supplies vendors. Fishing trainers and fishing supply vendors are often in the vicinity of fishable waters. When fishing without a pole, your character will make do with a reasonably straight branch with the end whittled smooth and a string tied to it. Once your fishing skill or level is high enough to benefit from fishing poles that increase your fishing skill, that would be a good time to aquire one. When fishing with a pole, consider using a fishing lure, available from vendors that sell fishing supplies.

After procuring the fishing skill, and if you like, a fishing pole, find a body of water; a pond, a lake, a river, a section of coast, a dock or pier, a moat, or something similar. To be fishable, a body of water has to be sufficiently deep - if it is not, you will get a warning that the water is not sufficiently deep and will be unable to fish at that location. Most bodies of water in Azeroth are deep enough, but some minor pools are not. The small ponds in the Valley of Trials in Durotar do not support fishing, for example. If a fishing trainer is standing nearby, you can be sure the water is deep enough. If you are in a river and get the message, try moving up or down stream. If in a lake, try moving a bit into the lake.

Also, you can stand, sit, or even lie down while fishing. The [Fishing Chair] is unnecessary, but a nice touch. You can be on land or in the water and fish, but you can not be swimming. This will, of course, vary with the character's race, as shorter races cannot stand in deeper water as a taller race. A class with an ability to travel on water will also have an advantage.

While facing the water, equip the fishing pole, and/or use your Fishing skill (found in the professions tab of your spellbook) to cast the fishing line. Your character will cast the fishing line in the direction he is facing, with minor random deviations in length and angle of the cast. If you miss the body of water ("Your cast did not land in fishable water"), you may wish to adjust the direction your character is facing and/or simply cast Fishing again.

The bobber splash effect may be hard to notice. Rely on your ears instead.

Fishing is like channeling a spell, counting down from 21 seconds to 0 seconds. A fishing bobber will appear somewhere in the water in front of you, and you'll notice that your character will start channeling the Fishing spell. Move your cursor over the bobber and it will turn into the standard interaction cursor. Wait for your bobber to splash, then click it (within 3–4 seconds) to draw the fishing line in. Depending on the area you're fishing and your fishing skill, you may either catch something useful, or you will catch a junk item like Driftwood. You can then repeat the whole process by using the Fishing skill again.

The items you can fish up depend on the region you are in; the different sub-zones within any given region will usually yield the same fish. There are a few exception to this: for example bodies of fresh water (lakes or streams) will yield different fish from sea water. Schools of fish also have their own distinct contents. Some locations have distinctive items that you might occasionally fish up. In addition, if your skill level is too low for an area you will receive junk items rather than fish (see Fishing level requirements below). These junk items are the same for different regions; you will catch the same junk in Feralas that you caught behind Lion's Pride Inn in Goldshire when your skill is too low.

Technical Information

You can move your character so that they are mostly submerged in the water (but not swimming) and angled so that no casts will go onto land or shallow water. If you are having trouble seeing the bobber bob when a fish is on your line, you may want to zoom in so you are looking 1st person. If you are fishing alone, you can hear your bobber splash; in a group, all of the bobbers sound the same.

Fishing pools

Fishing pools are a location objects found in bodies of water in WoW. A higher portion of more desirable items can be fished within a fishing pool. Fishing pool is a general term; a School of Fish is a fishing pool that contains (primarily) fish, floating debris contains primarily chests and container objects, and so on. Fishing pools can be found in Azeroth, Outland and Northrend so presumably will also be found in new areas in future releases.

Fishing pools appear at set locations along coastlines and rivers. Similar to the schools of fish particular to the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, characters can catch specific fish and valuable items when their cast lands in the pool. Pools despawn after several item are caught, only to spawn again over time, much like mineral nodes.

 [Weather-Beaten Journal] is a book that can be found in crates that are fished from fishing pools. It teaches [Find Fish], which shows fishing pool locations on the mini-map (all types, not just schools of fish). Though BoP, the book can be sold while still in the crate. If you open such a crate with less than 100 fishing skill or after having learned fish finding already, you won't see the book, but the crate won't destroy itself - you can store it for later, or mail it to someone else.

Time of day / seasons

Some fish may only be caught during specific times of day or season. Nocturnal fish can be caught from 6 PM to 12 AM (18:00 - 0:00), diurnal fish from 6 AM to 12 PM (6:00 - 12:00).

Nocturnal (Night) Diurnal (Day)
[Raw Nightfin Snapper]
[Raw Sunscale Salmon]

Other fish such as [Stonescale Eel], [Plated Armorfish] have been rumored to only appear during certain times of the day - however all of these can be caught 24 hours a day.

It is known that Winter Squid and Summer Bass appear during their respective seasons. During Autumn and Spring, they can both apparently be caught, although the frequency of each might scale throughout the season.

Edit: Time of day / seasons}
Given examples ( Nightfin vs. Sunscale) can be caught as follows: }
12.00 till 18.00 99,x% Sunscale
18.00 till 24.00 50% both (*1
24.00 till 06.00 99,x% Nightfin
06.00 till 12.00 50% both (*2
(*1 in earlier hours this will lean more toward Sunscale and later hours more toward Nightfin)
(*2 the opposite of (*1 of course

Fishing level requirements

The mechanics of fishing skill level were changed significantly in Patch 3.1. Prior to 3.1, each zone had a minimum skill requirement to be able to cast in that zone, and a cap where you achieved a 100% catch rate in that zone. In between there was a chance your fish could "get away"; you would catch nothing and receive no skill-up for that cast.

As of 3.1, there is no longer a minimum skill requirement to fish in any zone, and all casts will catch something and award a chance for a skill-up. However, if your skill level is too low for a zone, you will catch mostly vendor trash items. The skill level required to guarantee "no junk" catches is equivalent to the old "no get away" level.

The easiest areas (any designed for characters level 20 and below) have very low skill level caps, allowing you higher success initially. You will need to have one point of fishing skill (apprentice level fishing training) to fish these.

However, if you have a brand new character with no financial resources on the server, the vendor trash items are not a bad catch, and you may want to maximize these catches. To do this, fish in a harder fishing area, such as in one of the cities. If you are on a trial account, this is probably your best bet.

For information on fishing locations and fishing skill requirements, see Fishing skill requirements by zone.

Training

Fishing training follows the gathering profession training model. There are no individual skills to learn, only the proficiency levels. As of patch 3.1, all skill levels of fishing are taught by fishing trainers; the Expert and Master books and the Artisan quest are no longer necessary. Levels up to Artisan (max 300) can be learned from any fishing trainer. Master fishing (max 375) is taught by trainers in Outland and Northrend. Grand Master fishing (max 450) is taught by trainers in Northrend.

The former quest to attain Artisan fishing, N [45] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme, has been reworked and offers [Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole] as a reward. Players that completed the quest prior to 3.1 can return to Nat Pagle to receive this item.

Increasing fishing skill

You will loathe staring at this eventually.

Unlike most professions, increasing your fishing skill is completely unrelated to the difficulty of the task. Every time you catch something (even junk) you gain fishing experience towards your next skill level. It works similarly to xp and leveling. The first 75 or so fish caught will be enough fishing experience to gain a skill up every time. The next 75 or so fish caught will give enough fishing experience to gain half of a skill point, etc. It's very standard and you can count the fish between skill ups with extreme accuracy. Knowing this can help alleviate some of the grind. A partial exception is that at some levels you will need a fraction of a fish to level; you might gain the skill point on the 11th fish in one instance, and on the 10th the next (while in reality you needed about 10.5 caught fish to increase). It appears that there might be a random factor of whether a particular fish increments the skill counter, leading to slightly different numbers of fish required from character to character (see El's mentioned in next paragraph).

Note that if you catch multiple items on one cast (which is most likely while on a fishing quest), it counts as only one successful "catch".

The best resource outside of Blizzard for detailed information on how this works is El's Extreme Anglin'. El's has results of empirical trials by an active community of experienced WoW fishermen and women, and is updated expediently as new patches change the fishing environment.

Skill ups are based on the number of fish (or junk items) caught and nothing else! Because of this it is possible to grind every fishing skill point without ever leaving the village level fishing pond or coastal waters or a racial city such as Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, Ironforge, or Stormwind. However, many people level fishing in more difficult areas, as this allows them to catch better fish to level Cooking with or to sell for higher amounts.

Per El's Extreme Anglin', beginning with patch 4.3 the number of fish you need to catch to gain skill beyond 100 is very variable though a rough approximation has been determined:

Skill Span Fish/skill # Fish Time (3 fish/min)
1-100: 100 1.0 100 34 minutes
100-200: 100 1.6 160 54 minutes
200-300: 100 1.9 190 64 minutes
300-450: 150 3.6 540 180 minutes
450-600: 150 5.5 825 260 minutes
Totals: 600 ~1800 ~600 minutes

Items that increase fishing skill

There are many items that increase fishing skill beyond the innate skill a character has acquired:

Fishing poles

Fishing poles replace the basic Fishing Pole (or the random stick used if no fishing pole is available) and provide a fishing skill bonus when wielded.

Item +Skill Min skill Min level Source
 [Fishing Pole] +0 0 1 Vendors
 [Staats' Fishing Pole] +3 1 8 A [11] A Taste for Grouper
 [Strong Fishing Pole] +5 10 1 Vendors
 [Pandaren Fishing Pole] +10 0 85 Anglers honored
 [Darkwood Fishing Pole] +15 50 1 (rare) Fishing
 [Big Iron Fishing Pole] +20 100 1 Shellfish Traps (Desolace)
 [Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000] +20 100 29 A [31] Snapjaws, Lad! / H [31] Snapjaws, Mon!
 [Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole] +20 200 62 N [64] Rather Be Fishin'
 [Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole] +25 225 35 N [45] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme
 [Bone Fishing Pole] +30 300 10 EK/Kalimdor/Northrend dailies
 [Jeweled Fishing Pole] +30 300 10 EK/Kalimdor/Northrend dailies
 [Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole] +30 300 68 Kalu'ak exalted
 [Dragon Fishing Pole] +30 525 85 Anglers revered
 [Arcanite Fishing Pole] +40 300 1 Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

Fishing line

Fishing lines are a consumable that create a permanent enchantment on a fishing pole. These can only be applied to a fishing pole in your own inventory. You can not put a line on someone else's soulbound fishing pole.

Item +Skill Min skill Source
 [Reinforced Fishing Line] +1 0  [Stendel's Bane] (Westfall)
 [Spun Truesilver Fishing Line] +3 300 Outland dailies
 [High Test Eternium Fishing Line] +5 150 Northrend dailies / Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

Fishing lures

Fishing lures are consumables that create a temporary enchantment on a fishing pole. Two hats also provide a fishing lure-style buff as well.

Lure +Skill Min skill Length Source
 [Glass Fishing Bobber] +15 0 10 EK/Kalimdor fishing dailies
 [Shiny Bauble] +25 0 10 Vendors (50c)
 [Aquadynamic Fish Lens] +50 50 10  [Stendel's Bane] (Westfall)
 [Nightcrawlers] +50 50 10 Vendors (1s)
 [Flesh Eating Worm] +75 100 10 Rotted One (Duskwood)
 [Bright Baubles] +75 100 10 Vendors (2s 50c)
 [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat] +75 0 10 EK/Kalimdor/Northrend dailies
 [Aquadynamic Fish Attractor] +100 100 10 Vendors (2s 50c)
 [Sharpened Fish Hook] +100 100 10 Outland dailies
 [Glow Worm] +100 100 60 Northrend dailies
 [Feathered Lure] +100 100 10 450 Cooking
 [Heat-Treated Spinning Lure] +150 250 15 510 Engineering
 [Nat's Hat] +150 0 10 Nat Pagle exalted

Fishing apparel

Fishing apparel items provide a fishing skill bonus when worn.

Item Slot +Skill Min skill Source
 [Darkmoon Fishing Cap] Head +5 0 Fishing (Darkmoon Island)
 [Lucky Fishing Hat] Head +5 1 Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat] Head +5 0 All fishing dailies
 [Nat's Hat] Head +5 0 Nat Pagle exalted
 [Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots] Feet +5 1 Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Boots of the Bay] Feet +15 200 Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

Enchantments for apparel items

Enchantments for apparel items create a permanent fishing skill bonus on an item, which is then worn to apply the fishing skill bonus.

Item +Skill Source
 [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Fishing] +2 Murlocs in Hillsbrad Foothills
 [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Angler] +5 Indu'le Fisherman (Dragonblight)

Consumables

Consumable items provide a temporary fishing skill bonus when consumed by the character.

Item +Skill Length Source
 [Captain Rumsey's Lager] +10 3 Cooking ( [Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager])
 [Underbelly Elixir] +50 10 Underbelly of Dalaran

Maximum effective fishing skill

Main article: Fishing skill requirements by zone

The maximum fishing skill is 830, acquired with: 600 skill + 150 (lure) + 40 (Arcanite Fishing Pole) + 5 (Eternium Line) + 15 (Boots) + 5 (Hat) + 10 (Captain Rumsey's Lager) + 5 (Glove enchant).

The maximum required no-junk skill is 825, required for open-water fishing in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Timeless Isle.

Items you can fish up

If you appear to have caught this fish, run for your life.

The following general classes of items can be obtained through Fishing:

Quests

Main article: Fishing quests

Tips

  • As of patch 2.2, each cast of fishing will result in a bobber splash; the splash can occur when there are approximately 17, 13, 7, or 3 seconds left of the Fishing channeled spell.
  • Turn up the sound — if you are in a quiet area, it is often easier to listen for the fishing bobber effect than to stare at it as you wait for it to splash.
  • You can right click the fishing bobber to auto-loot anything caught. Turning on auto-loot will allow you to not have to worry about pressing Shift on each right click.
  • If you have auto-loot turned on and your inventory is full when you click, the loot window will stay open, allowing you to make room and manually click.
  • Fish caught by fishing can be used as a source of cheap hunter pet food even after cooking it to improve the character's cooking skill. Cooking certain fish also results in unique food buffs.
  • Having a macro to equip your weapons or using the Gear manager can be handy if you get attacked while fishing.
  • Fishing-related addons, such as "Fishing Buddy" and "Autobar", can be of help.
  • Zooming all the way to first person perspective keeps the bobber from ever leaving your field of view, giving you some control over where a cast will go.
  • When aggroed by a mob, it is possible to finish your current fishing cast. Damage taken and even stun effects won't break the cast. Most mobs will hit you with little enough damage that you can easily get another fish first.
  • Good food buffs sell well on the auction house. Don't be scared to ask a fair price (1-3g) for them and put them in convenient (5/10/20) stacks. Raiders (without time to grind) will love you for the trouble. Requires cooking.
  • When fishing from a school for the specific type of fish contained in that school, here are a few tips: A) If you have a good fishing level relative to the area being fished, you can catch fish of that type from that school on about 90% of the casts when the bobber lands in or at the edge of the school, and the other 10% will be loot crates (where available) not fish of other types. B) Therefore, always cast into the circle of the the school or at it's edge. C) You can re-cast your line at any time by using the fish command again, so just continually re-cast whenever your bobber lands outside and away from the circle. D) Find an area where there are many pools of the type of fish you seek, and run up and down the coastline fishing only from the pools. E) Mobs along the beach can sometimes be avoided more easily by swimming than by running, so it may help to bring water breathing and swim speed potions. F) This technique is easiest to implement with a hunter.
  • As it is very easy to grow bored of fishing, it is a good idea to do something more entertaining at the same time. In fact, this is somewhat vital for anyone required to fish up large amounts of fish. Browse your achievements, chat with your friends, read a book - anything goes as long as it makes time pass. Another good suggestion may be to set your game in windowed mode, turn on "sound in the the background" and then read the news or something in your internet browser. When you hear the bobber splash, switch quickly to the game and fish up the fish, then start fishing for another before you switch back to the browser.

Best class for fishing

Characters of any class and any level can successfully fish, but there may be some minor differences between classes, for those considering this choice . There are three factors to consideration, though whatever weight they have is pretty personal and/or dependent on location:

  1. Easy to reach fishing spots, avoiding mobs.
  2. Options when encountering a mob (or the mob encounters you).
  3. Options when encountering an enemy player.

Number 3 in deserves particular attention, as you will not have your weapon(s) or shield equipped while fishing, since you need both hands to hold a fishing rod. This issue impacts melee based classes most, but casters are affected as well as they miss important stats (spelldamage etc) or protection (shield). While a simple macro or having your weapon/fishing rod placed in action bar fixes this, it is still an extra action to do, and impossible to do while cc'd (sheeped, stunned etc).

Probably no-one will choose their class based on fishing capabilities, still, here we go.

  • Shamans: Advantages: [Water Walking] makes it easy to reach fishing spots circumventing mobs and to walk from one spot to another. [Ghost Wolf] allows for fast traversing short distances. Disadvantages: Relatively large penalty for not having weapon/shield equipped.
  • Death knights: [Path of Frost] gives the same benefit as Water Walking for shamans. [Chains of Ice] can slow the enemey down, allowing escape. (Improved) [Unholy Presence] can aid in travel times.
  • Hunters: Advantages: Have pet to aggro nearby mobs. Can Track Humanoids and fishing spots at the same time. Do not rely on melee weapon for their dps or (most) cc, just lack some stats. Judicious use of [Camouflage] allows hunters to sneak around mobs when necessary.
  • Druids: Feral druids do not rely on weapon ability as much as other melee classes. Similar to casters, they just need the stats (this affects level 70 druids rather negatively, as a large amount of attack power comes from their weapon). Also druids have a high amount of mobility; the [Feral Swiftness] talent, [Travel Form], and [Aquatic Form] ( [Glyph of Aquatic Form] allows a total of 135% speed) make it easy for moving from spot to spot. Can also stealth when a player comes near, or can cast [Nature's Grasp], rooting any attackers in place and allowing for a quick getaway.
  • Mages / other casters: Do not primary rely on weapon when aggroed, just miss some stats.
  • Priests: Can hover above ('walk on') water.
  • Rogues: Able to [Stealth] past any enemies that may be surrounding the fishing area. Also, inscribing the  [Glyph of Blurred Speed] enables a rogue to sprint on water for the duration of the ability.
  • Race of character has a minor impact on fishing: Taller races are able to wade into deeper water when going after fishing pools than short races.

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05):
    • The chance to fish up  [Flying Tiger Gourami],  [Spinefish Alpha] and  [Mimic Octopus] has been increased.
    • Reputation gains from bringing rare Pandarian fish for Nat Pagle to examine has been increased.
    • Players with a high fishing skill have a chance to fish up new pets. The Pet Journal has clues on where these elusive pets could be found.
    • Fish of the Day: On any given day, there is a location in Pandaria teeming with a type of Pandaren fishing pool.
    • Ben of the Booming Voice, located near the Halfhill Market area will inform players what the "Fish of the Day" is and mark the location on their map.
  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Fishing no longer requires a fishing pole to be equipped.
If no pole, the character will hold a big stick instead.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): The number of catches for Fishing skill up has been decreased.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Icon changed from the fish Pointer fishing 32x32.png to a fishing hook File:Pointer fishinghook 32x32.png
  • Hotfix (2010-12-08): "Fishing skill gains were increasing too rapidly past 500 skill and have been adjusted."
  • Hotfix (2010-12-03): "Crafty players again found a way to catch Cataclysm fish. Crafty designers have made this impossible without a Cataclysm key attached to a player’s account."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): The icon that appeared when hovering over the bobber has been changed from the standard gear Pointer gear on 32x32.png to a fish Pointer fishing 32x32.png
  • WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Fishing has undergone significant changes.
    • There is no longer a minimum skill requirement to fish in any zone. Every catch has the potential for fishing skill gains, but you are likely to catch worthless junk in areas that are too difficult for your skill.
    • The time to catch fish has been reduced to 17 seconds, down from 22.
    • Fish can no longer get away.
    • It is no longer required to complete Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme to gain Artisan Fishing.
    • You no longer need to learn fishing from books. The trainers have finally done their reading and are able to teach you the same thing.
  • TBC Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Removed the level requirement from the expert fishing book, [The Bass and You].
  • TBC Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): The Fishing timer has been reduced to 20 seconds, down from 30. It is no longer possible for the Fishing timer to run out without a fish biting.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): You will now catch ocean fish when fishing from Rut'theran village.
  • WoW Icon 16x16.png Patch 1.2.0 (2004-12-18):
    • Fishing for high-level zones has been restored.
    • Monetary value of fished items sold to vendors has been significantly reduced.
    • Chances of acquiring green weapons and armor from fishing have been reduced.
    • Fishing profession now requires a minimum character level, like the other professions do. Any character who already has a fishing profession past the intended level will not be affected.

See also

References

External links

For leveling guides please visit Tradeskill leveling guides