Fishing profession basics.


One of the favorite past times enjoyed by World of Warcraft players is the sport of Fishing. Fishing in game is a secondary profession that allows you to obtain various fish and other items from bodies of water. These fish can then be eaten raw or cooked to give additional bonuses. Other items players may fish up include but are not limited to; locked chests, gems, herbs, and even equipment. Interested in learning the basics of the Fishing profession? Read onward to find out more!

Training Fishing

While you may be eager to head out to the nearest lake, first you must train the Fishing profession. Fishing, like all other World of Warcraft professions, can be trained at any Fishing Trainer. Fishing Trainers can be found in all major cities and can easily be located by speaking with a city guard. A small fee will be required to learn the initial skill level.


How to Fish

Now that you have trained the Fishing profession it is time to catch your very first fish. While it is not required, it is recommended that you first purchase a Fishing Pole from a Fishing Supplies or Trade Supply vendor. If you chose not to purchase a pole, you will instead fish a twig. Unfortunately, twigs cannot be enhanced (with a lure) like Fishing Poles.

Twig Fishing

Travel to almost any river, lake, or other large open body of water and stand (or sit) next to the water. Clear out any nearby enemies, getting attacked while fishing is no fun. Be sure your character's feet remain on dry land (you cannot be swimming), and that you have a clear view of the water in front of you.

Tauren In Water

Open the Professions tab of your Spellbook and select the Fishing icon. This icon is what you will use to cast your line. Drag this icon onto a convenient location on your action bar so that you may close your Spellbook while you fish.

Fishing Icon

Equip your Fishing Pole in your main hand if available, then click the Fishing icon to cast your line into the water. If the cast goes well you will see your bobber appear in the water somewhere in front of you. If your cast was unsuccessful and did not land in fishable water, try to find deeper or wider water, or simply change where you are standing in regard to the water.

Fishing Bobber

Once your bobber is in the water the waiting game begins. A cast bar will appear channeling the Fishing ability. During this time you may not move your character unless you wish to disrupt the channeling. Whenever a fish nibbles on the line the bobber will splash. As soon as the bobber splashes reel your fish in by right-clicking a single time on the bobber.

Congratulations! You have made your first catch!

Fishing Up Junk

While fishing in open water you may notice that you acquire a lot of....junk...while Fishing. Examples of junk include; [Driftwood], [Tangled Fishing Line], [Water Snail], and [Old Boot]. All of these junk items can be sold to vendors, however, they are not very valuable.

Fishing Junk

To avoid catching a ton of junk your Fishing skill level must be equal to or above the body of water's “no-junk skill”. If you are catching are below this skill level. The further you are below this skill level, the more junk you will catch. Once you have gone over the “no-junk” skill level, you will never catch junk in that particular body of water. To avoid tons of junk, be sure to try to fish in waters relative to your current Fishing skill.

Skilling Up Fishing

To kill up your Fishing skill you must successfully catch something. The number of successful catches you make directly determines your personal skill increases. When, where, how, or what you fish does not matter, as long as you catch something. At low skill levels, each time you make a catch your skill will increase by one. However, as you become more advanced it will take more and more catches to gain another skill point in the profession.

You may also skill up your Fishing using two other methods:

  • Quests – Old Azeroth and Anglers daily quests each award Fishing skill points. The monthly Darkmoon quest Spoilin' for Saltly Sea Dogs also awards 5 skill points.
  • Reading – Read Nat's Fishing Journal for an extra 50 skill points, repeatable up to 600.

Fishing Enhancements

Want to up your Fishing skill up a notch without all the work? You can easily do this by equipping certain items that have bonuses to your skill level. Items that could potential increase your Fishing skill level include:

  • Fishing Poles
  • Fishing Apparel
  • Fishing Lures*
  • Consumables
  • Fishing Enchants
  • Fishing Line*

*Please note that enhancements like lures and lines may only be applied to a Fishing Pole.

Fishing Pools

From time to time you will come across various schools of fish. These schools contain one specific type of fish and are emptied out after hitting them with a few casts. While not a great way to skill up your Fishing profession, pools are an quick way to catch a specific type of fish. Not all fish can be found in pools, and pools cannot be found in every zone. Once you have learned the Find Fish ability (from the Weather Beaten Journal), pools will appear on your mini-map.

Mountain Trout Pool

Fish aren't the only thing that can be found inside pools. Pools of Pure Water and Floating Wreckage Pools are also very common.

Fishing Quests and Contests

If you really enjoy Fishing you will be pleased to discover that World of Warcraft offers two fishing contests in which you can prove your skill. The current contests available in game include:

Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a race to see which player can catch 40 fish (but not just any fish!) in the least amount of time. This contest takes place every Sunday between 14:00 and 16:00 server time, off the coast of Northern Stranglethorn and The Cape of Stranglethorn. Requirements are a level 1 Fishing skill.

Kalu'ak Fishing Derby

The Kalu'ak Fishing Derby is much like the Stranglethorn contest, except there is only one fish to catch. The Kalu'ak Fishing Derby takes place every Saturday from 14:00 to 15:00 server time in Northrend. All that is required is a level 1 Fishing skill and the ability to visit Dalaran.

Contests once a week not enough for you? Fishing has inspired a ton of quests in World of Warcraft. There are daily Fishing quests in Azeroth, Outland, Northrend and even has a whole faction dedicated to it in Pandaria. Besides the daily Fishing quests players may also take on the Nat Pagle's Friendship quests and Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme. Other non-daily fishing quests will also pop up from time to time throughout the world.

Do you have any tips, tricks, or other helpful information regarding the Fishing profession in World of Warcraft? Be sure to share you knowledge with us in the comments section below!

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