Fishing is an important skill that many RuneScapers rely on for food, since there are many areas full of healthy fish to catch. Other people choose to sell their catches for money, or trade them for other things that they can use. Since there's a variety of fish to catch, and many places to go fishing, this is an enjoyable skill.
But of course, there are several kinds of lures and other tools to use, and Members can even take part in an Activity which involves the Fishing skill!
Table of Contents
- Getting Started
- Fishing Gear
- Catching Fish
- Barbarian Fishing
- Inedible Catches
- Helpful NPCs
- Related Links
In order to start fishing, you're going to need to buy something to catch the fish with, and if needed, some sort of lure. The fishing shop in Port Sarim has a multitude of fishing gear, and they'll even buy the assorted fish that you catch. There's also a store in Catherby that sells Members' gear such as Big Nets.
The place that you can catch a fish, and the type of lures you use to catch it depends on the kind of fish you want to catch, so check the Fishing Gear and Fishing Chart below for specific info.
Once you've gotten everything together, find a sparkling fishing spot in the water and click on it. You may need to right-click to get the correct option. Your character will continue fishing until your backpack is full, or you click somewhere around you.
Each fish can only be caught with specific equipment, so it's best to buy those things to catch the fish.
|Picture||Item||Used to Catch...||Notes|
|Small Fishing Net||Shrimp, Anchovies, Karambwanji, Giant Frogspawn, Monkfish||-|
|Fishing Rod & Bait||Sardine, Herring, Pike, Slimey Eel, Cave Eel, Rainbow Fish||-|
|Big Fishing Net||Mackerel, Cod, Bass||It's possible to catch multiple fish and items with this item.|
|Fly-Fishing Rod & Feathers||Trout, Salmon||-|
|Harpoon||Tuna, Swordfish, Shark||-|
|Oily-Fishing Rod & Bait||Lava Eel||Used during the Heroes' Quest.|
|Karambwan Vessel||Karambwan||Used in the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio Quest.|
|Barbarian Rod||Leaping Trout, Leaping Salmon, Leaping Sturgeon||Used in Barbarian Fishing. Uses Feathers, Fishing Bait, Roe, Fish Offcuts or Caviar as bait.|
|Hand-Bait||Tuna, Swordfish, Shark||Used in Barbarian Fishing.|
Once you begin to get better at fishing, you'll be able to fish for a wider variety of fish. Once fish are cooked, they can heal your lost Life Points from a fight, and many warriors depend on skilled fisherman to sell them food. After you become an experienced fisherman, you can make a great deal of money in this trade.
|Picture||Item||Fishing Level||Fishing Experience||Where to Catch|
|Crayfish||1||10||Tutorial shore (Near Fishing Tutor), pond west of Farmer Fred's farm.|
|Karambwanji||5||10||Holy Lake south of Tai Bwo Wannai|
|Mackerel||16||20||Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild|
|Cod||23||45||Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild|
|Slimy Eel||28||65||Rivers in the Mort Myre Swamp|
|Frogspawn||33||75||Lumbridge Swamp Caves|
|Tuna||35||80||Karamja Dock and Catherby Shore|
|Cave Eel||38||80||Lumbridge Swamp Caves|
|Lobster||40||90||Karamja Dock, Catherby Shore, Wilderness and Fishing Guild|
|Bass||46||100||Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild|
|Swordfish||50||100||Karamja Dock, Catherby Shore and Wilderness|
|Lava Eel||53||60||Black Demon Lava Spot|
|Monkfish||62||120||See Swan Song Questguide|
|Karambwan||65||105||Northeast of Tai Bwo Wannai|
|Shark||76||110||Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild|
|Sea Turtle||79||38||Fishing Trawler|
|Manta Ray||81||46||Fishing Trawler|
|Cavefish||85||300||Living Rock Caverns|
|Rocktail||90||380||Living Rock Caverns|
Barbarian Fishing is a method of Fishing availale to members with 48 Fishing, 15 Agility and 15 Strength. To begin, speak to Otto Godblessed located in his house near the Baxtorian Falls and ask about the Barbarian Fishing methods. He will tell you about Fishing with a Heavy Rod and bait to catch Leaping Trout, Leaping Salmon, and Leaping Sturgeon.
Next, you can learn about Fishing for Tuna, Swordfish and Sharks without a Harpoon. Since you are using your hands to catch these fish (known as Hand Baiting), the required Strength level to catch them is higher.
|Picture||Item||Fishing Level||Agility Level||Strength Level||Fishing Experience||Agility & Strength Experience|
Every so often you will catch things in your Big Net that aren't fish. Some of these things are useless and can usually be discarded from your inventory, but sometimes you will come across an unusual object or two which are more valuable.
|Picture||Item||Fishing Level||Fishing Experience|
Certain NPCs in RuneScape are beneficial to players