By: Salmoneus
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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!

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Getting Started

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.

Fly Fishing at the Lumbridge river bankCage fishing at Catherby shore

Fishing Gear

Each fish can only be caught with specific equipment, so it's best to buy those things to catch the fish.

Fishing Gear
PictureItemUsed to Catch...Notes
Crayfish Cage Crayfish Cage Crayfish -
Small Fishing Net Small Fishing Net Shrimp, Anchovies, Karambwanji, Giant Frogspawn, Monkfish -
Fishing RodFishing Bait Fishing Rod & Bait Sardine, Herring, Pike, Slimey Eel, Cave Eel, Rainbow Fish -
Big Fishing Net Big Fishing Net Mackerel, Cod, Bass It's possible to catch multiple fish and items with this item.
Fly Fishing RodFeather Fly-Fishing Rod & Feathers Trout, Salmon -
Harpoon Harpoon Tuna, Swordfish, Shark -
Lobster Pot Lobster Pot Lobsters -
Oily Fishing RodFishing Bait Oily-Fishing Rod & Bait Lava Eel Used during the Heroes' Quest.
Karambwan Vessel Karambwan Vessel Karambwan Used in the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio Quest.
Barbarian Rod 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.

Catching Fish

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.

Fish Details
PictureItemFishing LevelFishing ExperienceWhere to Catch
Raw Crayfish Crayfish 1 10 Tutorial shore (Near Fishing Tutor), pond west of Farmer Fred's farm.
Raw Shrimp Shrimp 1 10 Oceans
Raw Sardine Sardine 5 20 Oceans
Raw Karambwanji Karambwanji 5 10 Holy Lake south of Tai Bwo Wannai
Raw Herring Herring 10 30 Oceans
Raw Anchovies Anchovies 15 40 Oceans
Raw Mackerel Mackerel 16 20 Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild
Raw Trout Trout 20 50 Rivers
Raw Cod Cod 23 45 Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild
Raw Pike Pike 25 60 Rivers
 Slimy Eel Slimy Eel 28 65 Rivers in the Mort Myre Swamp
Raw Salmon Salmon 30 70 Rivers
Frog Spawn Frogspawn 33 75 Lumbridge Swamp Caves
Raw Tuna Tuna 35 80 Karamja Dock and Catherby Shore
Raw Rainbow Fish Rainbow Fish 38 80 Rivers
Raw Cave Eel Cave Eel 38 80 Lumbridge Swamp Caves
Raw Lobster Lobster 40 90 Karamja Dock, Catherby Shore, Wilderness and Fishing Guild
Raw Bass Bass 46 100 Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild
Raw Swordfish Swordfish 50 100 Karamja Dock, Catherby Shore and Wilderness
Raw Lava Eel Lava Eel 53 60 Black Demon Lava Spot
Raw Monkfish Monkfish 62 120 See Swan Song Questguide
Raw Karambwan Karambwan 65 105 Northeast of Tai Bwo Wannai
Raw Shark Shark 76 110 Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild
Raw Sea Turtle Sea Turtle 79 38 Fishing Trawler
Raw Manta Ray Manta Ray 81 46 Fishing Trawler
 Raw Cavefish Cavefish 85 300 Living Rock Caverns
 Raw Rocktail Rocktail 90 380 Living Rock Caverns

Barbarian Fishing

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.

Barbarian Fishing
PictureItemFishing LevelAgility LevelStrength LevelFishing ExperienceAgility & Strength Experience
Leaping Trout Leaping Trout 48 15 15 50 5
Raw Tuna Tuna 55 1 35 80 0
Leaping Salmon Leaping Salmon 58 30 30 70 6
Leaping Sturgeon Leaping Sturgeon 70 56 45 80 7
Raw Swordfish Swordfish 70 1 50 100 0
Raw Shark Shark 96 1 76 110 0

Inedible Catches

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.

Inedible Objects
PictureItemFishing LevelFishing Experience
Leather Boots Boots 16 1
Leather Gloves Gloves 16 1
Seaweed Seaweed 16 1
Oyster Oyster 16 10
Casket Casket 16 10

Helpful NPCs

Certain NPCs in RuneScape are beneficial to players


Stiles, located south of the entrance to the Karamja Volcano, will note both raw and cooked Tuna, Lobsters and Swordfish for free.

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Published on: April 30, 2004 01:35 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: August 25, 2011 02:45 AM UTC by Salmoneus