Added in patch 1.8, Fishing is a new Crafting skill that anyone can get. It does not count towards your Tradeskill limit.
To begin Fishing, talk to your local trainer!
It appears as though trainers are neutral and can be used by members of either faction.
You do not have to do the quests to learn fishing. However, the starter quest will award a fishing pole and your first lure recipe. You can train your next skill level from your trainer the same way you would any other tradeskill.
First, a word about Lures - There are no upgrades to your lures. Each lure you get does something different, so you never really outgrow them. Long after you have left the first zone, you will need to replenish your supply of Irresistable Water Snails. Therefore, use your first couple of Smooth Minnows to make Snail lures, use the next nine Minnows to get your Survival up to 10, and from then on use Minnows to make as many lures as you can. You will use them all.
The first lure recipe you will learn is Irresistable Water Snail, combining a Smooth Minnow and a Forest Pondleaper to make a lure that will improve your Fishing chances (improves where you land on the Fishing results table for the zone you are in, increasing your odds of a rare result).
To use a lure, right-click on the lure in your inventory, then left-click on your fishing pole (just like applying a rune). The fishing pole indicate the number of charges remaining.
First, get a pole from your trainer. It's usable from inventory but much easier if you make a hotkey on your action bar. Find a body of water and you're ready to fish!
Schools will initially give you a skill-up with every catch, from 5 above the zone minimum to about 25 above (when it goes from Orange to Yellow)! Periodically a Common school may change into another type. This will generally last for no more than 60 seconds, after which it will return to a common school.
Fishing in a specific zone requires a certain skill level, so don't expect to hop into a top-end zone immediately. See the table below for the types of fish and minimum skill levels required to fish in each zone.
Different types of fish are found in different types of water and zones! Some are found in shallow waters while others are in deep waters. Deep water is considered to be water that would cover your head, whereas shallow water would not completely cover you. Note to Dwarves: Deep water is based on human size, not dwarf size.. sorry!
Each zone has Trash, Common, Uncommon and Rare fish in Shallow and Deep water. Trash and Sunken Treasure can be found in both Shallow and Deep water. All casts have a (very small) chance to return a random artifact or other item. Treasure chests contain coin and a chance for a rare item.
|Trash||Shallow Water||Deep Water||Sunken Treasure|
|Lake of Solace||120||ALL||ALL|
|Iron Pine Peak||180|
|Ember Isle||240|| |
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|Silverwood||Quicksilver Scholars||Vadivy||Argent Glade||Silverwood Angel||Silverwood Devil|
|Freemarch||Freemarch Wardens||Xelos||Kelari Refuge||Normal-Eyed Guppy||Deep March Eel|
|Gloamwood||Gloamwood Waykeepers||Rositha||Gloamwood Pines||Gloam Eel||Indigoby|
|Stonefield||Granite Falls||Sualuune||Granite Falls||Fantail||Cascadefish|
|Scarlet Gorge||Quarry Rats||Jayne|
Scarwood Lift Base
|Scarwood Reach||Iron Claw Trappers|
Red Scar Trackers
|Moonshade Highlands||The Runeguard||Toren||Acrid Basin||Grassland Pondleaper|
|Droughtlands||Arcane Hand||Ashor||Fortune's Shore||Aestivating Nautilus||Desert Greenling|
|Iron Pine Peak||Icewatch||Tomin||The Chancel of Labors||Coldwater Seabug||Icebiter|
|Shimmersand||Dragonslayer Covenant||Raelin||Fortune's Shore||Sand Nautilus|
|Stillmoor||Order of Mathos||Keldan||Zareph's Return||Moorleaper|
|Ember Isle||The Farclan||Eara||Fort Zarnost||Amphibious Jelly|
|Ember Isle||Kelari Expedition||Ramel||Talos Landing|
|Ember Isle||The Keepers||Naro||Ashen Fault|
|Apprentice Fisherman||Catch 100 Fish.|
|Rare Catch||Catch a Rare Fish.|
|Rarer Catch||Catch 10 Rare Fish.|
|Sunken Treasure||Fish up Sunken Treasure.|
|Trophy Catch||Catch a Trophy Fish.*|
|A Collection of Trophies||Complete all Trophy Fish artifacts sets.|
|Fishing for Artifacts||Complete all Fishing artifact sets.|
|Freemarch Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Freemarch.|
|Silverwood Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Silverwood.|
|Gloamwood Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Gloamwood.|
|Stonefield Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Stonefield.|
|Scarlet Gorge Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Scarlet Gorge.|
|Scarwood Reach Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Scarwood Reach.|
|Droughtlands Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Droughtlands.|
|Moonshade Highlands Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Moonshade Highlands.|
|Iron Pine Peak Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Iron Pine Peak.|
|Shimmersand Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Shimmersand.|
|Stillmoor Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Stillmoor.|
|Ember Isle Fisherman||Catch one of every fish in Ember Isle.|
|Supreme Angler||Become a fully skilled master in Fishing.|
|Ultimate Angler||Complete all Fishing achievements.|
|ZAM would like to thank Hanlin of Seraphim for some of the information in this article.|