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Fishing Guide

By: Master Chen

(Note: Text coloured red indicates Members-Only items, locations or features)

How To Fish
Fish
Barbarian Fishing
Recommended Fishing Spots
Other Fishing Aspects
Fishing Tips
Extra Fishing Info
Fishing EXP Quest Rewards

All players in the world of RuneScape need food, and what nicer way to gather food than fishing? Fishing is a fast way of gaining food as there is only one ingredient (although other items may be required, ie. feathers and bait).

How To Start Fishing

Fishing equipment is needed in RuneScape to catch different types of fish. The various fishing tools can be bought from the fishing shops throughout the world. It is worth noting that while most of the shops sell the same stock of items, Catherby and the Fishing Guild also sell Net Fishing gear for Members, and the Fishing Guild store also has a larger stock of items than other stores. Also for some fishing types (fishing rod and fly fishing rod), extra items are needed. These are bait and feathers. They too can be purchased from the fishing shops for a little fee, from players for a little more, or (in the case of feathers) from chickens. Chickens drop 5-15 feathers each. Popular Fishing Store locations include:

∑ Port Sarim
Shilo Village
Catherby
Rellekka
Fishing Guild (On the floor near the range)
Fishing Guild (The salesman)
Etceteria + Miscellania
Fishing Colony (The banker)

The fishing tools are listed below:

Image
Name
Notes
Minimum Level
Small Fishing Net
First type available
1
Fishing Rod
Requires bait
5
Big Fishing Net
-
16
Fly Fishing Rod
Requires feathers
20
Harpoon
Requires no additional items
35
Barb-tail harpoon
Acts like a Harpoon, can be wielded
35
Lobster Pot
Obviously only for lobsters
40
Oily Fishing Rod
Heroís Quest item, requires bait
53
Karambwan Vessel
Must complete Tai Bwo Wannai Trio Quest
65


You do not need to equip the fishing equipment, and you do not need to equip fishing bait and feathers. You simple have to have the items in your inventory. When using fishing rods be sure to have the correct additive, feathers or bait, in your inventory. If you have the correct fishing equipment and a high enough level, you can go to any fishing spot and began to fish. Fishing spots can be found in almost all of the water of RuneScape, except fountains and sinks. They look like a sparkling spot of water, and with most of them you can right click them to choose how you want to fish.

You may be able to cage at a fishing spot (for lobsters), or perhaps harpoon at that same spot for tuna or swordfish. Fishing spots vary widely. Fly fishing spots are commonly found in the rivers and freshwater of RuneScape. The sea houses the fish for other methods, bait fishing, netting, caging, and harpooning. The Karamja docks are the only place for lobster potting and harpooning on free-to-play worlds.

Fish

Below are details on all the fish that you can catch in Runescape:

Image
Fish
Level
Experience
Equipment Needed
Location
Shrimps
1
10
Small Fishing Net
Sea
Sardine
5
20
Fishing Rod + bait
Sea
Karambwanji
5
10
Small Fishing Net
South Tai Bwo Wannai village
Herring
10
30
Fishing Rod + bait
Sea
Anchovies
15
40
Small Fishing Net
Sea
Mackerel
16
20
Big Fishing Net
Catherby, Fishing Guild
Trout
20
50
Fly Fishing Rod + feathers
Rivers
Cod
23
45
Big Fishing Net
Catherby, Fishing Guild
Pike
25
60
Fishing Rod + bait
Rivers
Slimey Eel
28
65
Fishing Rod + bait
Mort Myre swamp, Lumbridge Caves
Salmon
30
70
Fly Fishing Rod + feathers
Rivers
Frog Spawn
33
75
Small Net
Lumbridge Caves
Tuna
35
80
Harpoon
Karamja, Catherby, Fishing Guild, Fishing Colony
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Hemenster Whitefish
36
30
Fishing Rod + Slimy Eel Bait
Cave Eel
38
80
Fishing Rod + bait
Lumbridge Caves
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Rainbow Fish
38
80
Fly Fishing Rod + Stripy Feathers (see Bird Snaring in Hunter)
Seers' Village Lake River, Barbarian Village
Lobster
40
90
Lobster Pot
Karamja, Catherby, Fishing Guild
Bass
46
100
Big Fishing Net
Catherby, Fishing Guild
Swordfish
50
100
Harpoon
Karamja, Catherby, Fishing Guild, Rellekka, Piscatoris Fishing Colony
Lava Eel
53
30
Oily Fishing Rod
Lava in Taverly Dungeon
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Monkfish
62
120
Small Fishing Net
Fishing Colony
Karambwan
65
110
Karambwan vessel and Raw Karambwanji
North of Jogres on Karamja
Shark
76
110
Harpoon
Catherby, Fishing Guild
Sea Turtle
79
105
Trawler Game Net
Manta Ray
81
115
Trawler Game Net


When using the Big Fishing Net at Catherby or the Fishing Guild, you can also catch various objects that are found in the sea. These are listed below:

Image
Name
Level
Experience
Uses
Seaweed
16
10
Used to make Soda Ash for Crafting
Casket
16
10
Contains a rare item
Oyster
16
10
The pearls are used to make crossbow bolt tips


Barbarian Fishing

The barbarians have many unique skills, and fishing is one of them. They have mastered powerful fish and even fishing without any kind of tool or equipment at all. See the Barbarian Training page.

Recommended Fishing Spots

There are some very useful fishing spots throughout Runescape, most of which are listed below. All of the following locations, however, are members only; for freeplayers, it's best to fish at the Karamja Docks (for higher level fishers).

Fishing Guild



The fishing guild can be entered at level-68 Fishing, level-65 Fishing with one dose of Fishing Potion or Fish Pie, or level-63 Fishing with a bite of Admiral Pie. The fishing guild is a great place to catch fish. There, you can catch lobsters, tuna, swordfish and sharks. There is a bank for storing your fish, a fishing store and a range for cooking. Roachey, the fishing store owner at the fishing guild, does not sell fishing tools, only fish, bait and feathers. However, you can pick up a harpoon, lobster pot and big net on the floor of the room with the range, in the guild.

Burgh de Rott

Burgh de Rott, although a bit out of the way of civilization, is a tranquil fishing spot, all of which consist of Shark and Big Net Fishing. After you have completed the In Aid of the Myreque Quest, you are able to use the fishing spots in the area, with a bank just north of the fishing spots.

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The good thing about Burgh de Rott, is that the fishing spots do not move very often, and you will not be stuck on a dock with your fish all the way over on the other dock such as the fishing spots in the Fishing Guild tend to do.

The Fishing Colony

With the release of the Swan Song quest, the Fishing Colony has been a popular place for high level fishers. The Fishing Colony is the only location in Runescape where you can fish monkfish.

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Fishing Monkfish is some of the fastest exp in the game, only second to fly fishing in Shilo Village. There is a bank, directly south of the shore. The same person who runs the bank also runs the general store. Getting to the Fishing Colony can be a pain. The fastest path of travel would be to take a Gnome Gilder to the Grand Tree, leave the Tree Gnome Stronghold via the south gate, run directly west, then follow the narrow path till you reach the boat to the colony.

Other Fishing Aspects

There are a couple of other things in Runescape that are important to know about if you wish to fish.

Trawler Mini-Game

The only real fishing Mini-Game is the Fishing Trawler, which involves you and some friends going out on a boat to catch impressive fish and things of that nature. See the Trawler Guide for more info.

Fishing Random Events

Random events also occur whilst fishing. If you donít know what random events are or arenít familiar with them, they are events which occur randomly, surprisingly. They are part of RS2ís security system to stop macro users. They will just require a quick and simple reaction and you can go on with your business. Random events that occur while fishing are listed below:

Image
Name
Information
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Whirlpool
If you fish in a whirlpool you can lose your fishing tool. Just wait until the fish return or move to another spot
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Big Fish
A big fish will appear, swallow the fish, and take your fishing tool. It will throw it back onto land a few squares away from you. Just pick up your tool and move to another spot or wait until it returns
River Troll
A River Troll appears and starts attacking you. Its level depends on your combat level. Just run away a little until it stops attacking you, and then return
Moving Fishing Spot
Your fishing spot will move to another location. Wait until it returns or move to a new location


Fishing Tips

The only place in the Free to Play worlds to fish Lobsters, Tuna, and Swordfish is on the pier in Karamja. Members typically fish those at Catherby, Burgh de Rott, the Fishing Colony, or the Fishing Guild. The Fishing Guild is a very helpful place for fishers. Located North of Ardougne, if you have 68 Fishing, you can get in, and have access to several fishing spots that contain various types of fish. There is also a fishing shop and a bank. See the Fishing Guild Guide for more info.

Extra Fishing Info

There are some other, extra things that you should know about while raising fishing:

Cape of Accomplishment

The ultimate reward for getting level 99 Fishing is not only the great ability you will have in the skill, but the Cape of Accomplishment that you will have the oppurtunity to purchase. For more information on Capes of Accomplishment, see the Skill Capes page.

Related Links

The following links may help you with your Fishing.

Fishing EXP Rewards in Quests

The following quests give Fishing EXP Rewards upon completion.

Quest
Exp
10000 exp
1000 exp
2437.5 exp
2725 exp
2812.4 exp
3000 exp
5000 exp
7000 exp
7175 exp


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