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"Stardew Valley" Fishing Guide

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Fish Are Friends

The fishing mechanic in Stardew Valley may seem extremely difficult when you first get started. However, do not be turned off by your initial inability to catch anything but algae! It only makes sense that a novice would struggle with any new task right? This gets incredibly easier with gear that is unlocked by obtaining higher levels.

If you've lost your Fishing Rod, you can obtain another at the Fishing Shack south of the beach on the docks. This is also where you can buy bait and upgraded rods as you level. The NPC who runs it, Willy, will also sell you Trout Soup when you're a beginner. I highly suggest buying some unless you can make it yourself as it will help you not only to catch those incredibly difficult fish but increase your Fishing Skill quickly.

Fishing Rods

There are 3 Fishing Rods in the game, Bamboo Fishing Rod, Fiberglass Fishing Rod, and Iridium Fishing Rod. You will start out with Bamboo, unlock Fiberglass at Fishing Level 2, and Iridium at Fishing Level 6. Fiberglass allows you to use bait, and Iridium will allow you to use bait and tackle. Rarer fish will require better rods and attachments.

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Fishing Levels

Catching fish in general gains you experience, as does selling the fish. Here's a list of the ranks and rewards!

RankReward

1

No Rewards

2

Unlocks Bait and Fiberglass Fishing Rod

3

Unlocks Crab Pot, Dish O' The Sea

4

Unlocks Recycling Machine

5

Unlocks Professions: Choose Fisher or Trapper

6

Unlocks Spinner, Trap Bobber, Iridium Fishing Rod

7

Unlocks Cork Bobber, Treasure Hunter

8

Unlocks Barbed Hook, Dressed Spinner, Worm Bin

9

Unlocks Magnet

10

Unlocks Professions: Angler, Lure Master, Mariner, Pirate

Tackle/Attachments

NameUseCrafting Requirements

Barbed Hook

Makes it easier to catch lower ranked Fish

1 Copper Bar, 1 Iron Bar, 1 Gold Bar

Cork Bobber

Increases the length of the Fishing Bar

10 Wood, 5 Hardwood, 10 Slime

Dressed Spinner

Improves Catch Rate

2 Iron Bars, 1 Cloth

Lead Bobber

Additional Weight, keeps bobber steadier.

Must be Purchased

Magnet

Increases chance of Treasure

1 Iron Bar

Spinner

Improves Catch Rate

2 Iron Bar

Trap Bobber

Decreases Fish Escape Rate

1 Copper Bar

Treasure Hunter

Increases chance of Treasure, prevents fish from escaping while capturing Treasure

2 Gold Bar

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Bubbles?!

Sometimes while running around you'll notice bubbles in the water. Bubbles are awesome, because they make it much more likely to catch fish more quickly without the Bait or Fishing Food Buff. They also give you a better chance at catching rare fish. So if you're seeking a Legendary Fish, these are a good free boost to your chances.

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Fish Tank Bundles

Fish Tank Bundles are bundles of specific fish you can turn into the Junimos at the community center to progress further in the game and removes the Glittering Boulder. However I should note, you may not be able to complete the Specialty Fish Bundle without fully unlocking The Vault first, unless you can find a Sandfish (only found in The Desert) for sale at the Traveling Cart. If you haven't unlocked the Fish Tank yet, start with completing some of the other Bundles already available such as the Foraging, or Pantry Bundles.

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River Fish Bundle

Reward for Completion: Bait x(30)

Fish SeasonLocation/Weather/Rod

Catfish

Spring, Fall

Rivers and Secret Woods Pond. Raining

Sunfish

Spring, Summer

6AM-7PM During Sunny Weather, Riverlands Farm or Wilderness Farm during Rainy Weather

Shad

Spring, Summer, Fall

Rivers. 9AM-2AM. Raining, Fiberglass Rod

Tiger Trout

Fall, Winter

Rivers. 6AM-7PM, Fiberglass Rod

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Ocean Fish Bundle

Reward for Completion: Ward Totem: Beach x(5)

FishSeasonsLocations/Weather/Rod

Red Snapper

Summer, Fall

Ocean, 6AM-7PM, during rain.

Sardine

Spring, Fall, Winter

Ocean, 6AM-7PM.

Tuna

Summer, Winter

Ocean, 6AM-7PM.

Tilapia

Summer, Fall

Ocean, 6AM-2PM, Fiberglass Rod

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Lake Fish Bundle

Reward for Completion: Dressed Spinner

FishSeasonLocation/Weather/Rod

Bullhead

All

Mountain Lake, always available.

Sturgeon

Summer, Winter

Mountain Lake, 6AM-7PM

Largemouth Bass

All

Mountain Lake, 6AM-7PM

Carp

All

At Mountain Lake, Secret Woods, and Sewer all seasons. Cindersap Forest Pond Spring, Summer, Fall. Always available.

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Night Fish Bundle

Reward for Completion: Small Glow Ring

FishSeasonsLocation/Weather/Rod

Bream

All

Rivers, 6PM-2AM

Eel

Spring, Fall

Ocean, 4PM-2AM, during rain, Fiberglass Rod

Walleye

Fall

Rivers, Lakes, Forest Pond, 12PM-2AM, during rain, Fiberglass Rod

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Crab Pots

Crab Pots are available at Level 3 Fishing Skill to either buy from the fishing store, or you can craft them yourself using 40 logs and 3 silver ingots. Most of the fish needed for the Crab Pot Bundle will require using these, although others can be foraged at the Beach. Another exception is Crab, which drops from Rock Crabs or Lava Crabs in The Mines as well.

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Crab Pot Bundle

Reward for Completion: Crab Pot x(3)

FishLocation

Cockle

Ocean, Beach (forage)

Shrimp

Ocean

Periwinkle

Freshwater

Oyster

Ocean, Beach (forage)

Clam

Ocean, Beach (forage)

Snail

Freshwater

Mussel

Ocean, Beach (forage)

Crab

Ocean, Rock Crabs or Lava Crabs (Mines)

Lobster

Ocean

Crayfish

Freshwater

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Specialty Fish Bundle

Reward for Completion: Dish 'O The Sea x(5)

FishSeasonsLocation/Weather

Sandfish

All

The Desert pond, 6AM-8PM.

Ghostfish

All

The Mines Level 20 and level 60 ponds. Also dropped by ghosts.

Woodskip

All

Secret Woods, Forest Farm.

Pufferfish

Summer

Ocean, 12PM-4PM, sunny.

More Fish?

There are other fish than what are needed for the Fish Tank Bundles. They can be used in recipes and of course sold for profit. Not to mention there are Legendary Fish that are worth some serious money!

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Other Fish

Albacore, Red Mullet, and Squid Require Fiberglass Rod. Lingcod Requires Iridium Rod.

FishSeasonLocation/Weather

Albacore

Fall, Winter

Ocean, 6AM-11AM, 6PM-2AM

Anchovy

Spring, Fall

Ocean

Dorado

Summer

River, 6AM-7PM

Halibut

Spring, Summer, Winter

Ocean, 6AM-11AM, 7PM-2AM

Herring

Spring, Winter

Ocean

Ice Pip

All

The Mines floor 60

Lava Eel

All

The Mines floor 100

Lingcod

Winter

Lake, River

Octopus

Summer

Ocean, 6AM-1PM

Perch

Winter

Lake, River

Pike

Summer, Winter

Lake, River

Rainbow Trout

Summer

River, Mountain, 6AM-7PM, Sunny

Red Mullet

Summer, Winter

Ocean, 6AM-7PM

Salmon

Fall

River, 6AM-7PM

Scorpion Carp

All

Desert, 6AM-10PM

Sea Cucumber

Fall, Winter

Ocean, 6AM-7PM

Smallmouth Bass

Spring, Fall

River, Lake, Forest, Pond

Squid

Winter

Ocean, Night

Stonefish

All

The Mines floor 20

Super Cucumber

Summer, Fall, Winter

Ocean, 6PM-2PM

Legendary Fish

All Legendary Fish Require Iridium Rod.

FishSeasonsLocations/Weather

Angler

Fall

North of Joja Mart

Glacierfish

Winter

South of Arrowhead Island, Deepwater, 6AM-10PM

Crimsonfish

Summer

East Pier of Ocean

Legend

Any

Mine Lake (log)

Mutant Carp

Any

Sewers

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