For the enchant, see  [Fishing].
Fishing icon WoW Icon update.png Fishing (Profession)
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  • Fishing
  • 5 yd range
  • 0.25 cooldown
  • Channeled
  • Click while facing a body of water. No fishing pole needed. Right-Click on the bob in the water when it splashes to catch your fish.

Fishing is a secondary profession. It allows adventurers to fish various objects, primarily fish and other waterbound creatures, from water, lava and even liquid mercury. Many of these fish can be consumed immediately for a quantity of health restored, and can also be fed to hunter pets. However, the true value of this scaly bounty comes when combined with the profession of Cooking; fish can be prepared and combined into innumerable different recipes, providing far greater restorative benefits, as well as a menagerie of potential stat buffs. Other, rarer fish are used in Alchemy recipes or provide stranger benefits, such as transformation into different appearances and even the summoning of rare mobs. In addition, those who choose to fish may find unfortunate sea creatures who swallowed gems, as well as items (including wieldable fish such as  [Old Crafty] and  [Old Ironjaw], and even the previously powerful  [1 Ring]) and mounts (Great Sea Ray). Many of these can be sold on the Auction House.

This profession is one of the most underappreciated, in part due to the time commitment required; however, those who choose to explore the potential bounties of the seas and rivers of Azeroth and beyond will find many benefits. There is a small army of questgivers and vendors linked to fishing, allowing access to a variety of mounts, toys and other perks-- there is even an entire faction in Pandaria dedicated to fishing, led by the most famous angler of all, Nat Pagle.

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  • Fishing Skills
  • Instant
  • Allows the person fishing to efficiently gather fish.

Although fishing previously required an aspiring angler to equip one of the many types of fishing poles found throughout the worlds, recent developments have allowed them to fish by simply receiving the appropriate training (which varies on an expansion-by-expansion basis) and clicking the button. Many choose to put the ability on their hotbar for easier recasting.

Dramatization; fishing isn't always this pretty.

From the official site

Fishers relax and feed themselves by catching the bounty of Azeroth's lakes and seas. Careful bait selection and patience can result in some truly rewarding hauls, from seafaring delicacies that restore heroes' health or enhance their attributes to waterlogged flotsam like cases and trunks. Fishing can even yield rare reagents and items lost at the bottom of the ocean or swallowed up by sea creatures!
Fishing is a secondary profession - anyone can learn to fish, no matter how many other professions they've devoted themselves to.
All fishing must be done in a body of water with a fishing rod, which can be purchased from any fishing trainer. Fishing in different locations (or, optionally, with different types of bait, also bought from trainers) may produce different results.
Though most of your catches will be valuable the moment you haul them out of the water, cooking is a convenient way to get even more mileage out of the fish that you catch - when they're specially prepared, many fish offer additional restorative benefits.[1]

How to fish

Wait patiently for up to 19 seconds before clicking the bobber to find out whether the fish got away.

Pointer fishinghook on 32x32.png will appear on your bobber

In its simplest form, fishing only requires the Fishing skill, taught by fishing trainers. If one is just starting fishing, a fishing pole can be optional, sold by a general trade goods or fishing supplies vendors. Fishing trainers and fishing supply vendors are often in the vicinity of fishable waters. When fishing without a pole, your character will make do with a reasonably straight branch with the end whittled smooth and a string tied to it. Once your fishing skill or level is high enough to benefit from fishing poles that increase your fishing skill, that would be a good time to acquire one. When fishing with a pole, consider using a fishing lure, available from vendors that sell fishing supplies.

After procuring the fishing skill, and if you like, a fishing pole, find a body of water; a pond, a lake, a river, a section of coast, a dock or pier, a moat, or something similar. To be fishable, a body of water has to be sufficiently deep - if it is not, you will get a warning that the water is not sufficiently deep and will be unable to fish at that location. Most bodies of water in Azeroth are deep enough, but some minor pools are not. The small ponds in the Valley of Trials in Durotar do not support fishing, for example. If a fishing trainer is standing nearby, you can be sure the water is deep enough. If you are in a river and get the message, try moving up or downstream. If in a lake, try moving a bit into the lake.

Also, you can stand, sit, or even lie down while fishing. The  [Fishing Chair] is unnecessary, but a nice touch. You can be on land or in the water and fish, but you can not be swimming. This will, of course, vary with the character's race, as shorter races cannot stand in deeper water as a taller race. A class with an ability to travel on water will also have an advantage.

While facing the water, equip the fishing pole, and/or use your Fishing skill (found in the professions tab of your spellbook) to cast the fishing line. Your character will cast the fishing line in the direction he is facing, with minor random deviations in length and angle of the cast. If you miss the body of water ("Your cast did not land in fishable water"), you may wish to adjust the direction your character is facing and/or simply cast Fishing again.

The bobber splash effect may be hard to notice. Rely on your ears instead.

Fishing is like channeling a spell, counting down from 21 seconds to 0 seconds. A fishing bobber will appear somewhere in the water in front of you, and you'll notice that your character will start channeling the Fishing spell. Move your cursor over the bobber and it will turn into the standard interaction cursor. Wait for your bobber to splash, then click it (within 3–4 seconds) to draw the fishing line in. Depending on the area you're fishing and your fishing skill, you may either catch something useful, or you will catch a junk item like Driftwood. You can then repeat the whole process by using the Fishing skill again.

The items you can fish up depend on the region you are in; the different sub-zones within any given region will usually yield the same fish. There are a few exceptions to this: for example bodies of fresh water (lakes or streams) will yield different fish from seawater. Schools of fish also have their own distinct contents. Some locations have distinctive items that you might occasionally fish up. In addition, if your skill level is too low for an area you will receive junk items rather than fish (see Fishing level requirements below). These junk items are the same for different regions; you will catch the same junk in Feralas that you caught behind Lion's Pride Inn in Goldshire when your skill is too low.


Expansion Proficiency Skill Continent(s)
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1 - 300

1 - 75

75 - 150

150 - 225

225 - 300

Eastern Kingdoms


Bc icon.gif Master 1 - 75 Outland
Wrath of the Lich King Grand Master 1 - 75 Northrend
Cataclysm Illustrious Grand Master 1 - 75 Cataclysm zones
Mists of Pandaria Zen Master 1 - 75 Pandaria
Warlords of Draenor Draenor Master 1 - 100 Draenor
Legion Legion Master 1 - 100 Broken Isles
Battle for Azeroth - 1 - 175

Kul Tiras



Shadowlands - 1 - 150 Shadowlands
Dragonflight - 1 - ??? Dragon Isles

Technical information

You can move your character so that they are mostly submerged in the water (but not swimming) and angled so that no casts will go onto land or shallow water. If you are having trouble seeing the bobber bob when a fish is on your line, you may want to zoom in so you are looking in 1st person. If you are fishing alone, you can hear your bobber splash; in a group, all of the bobbers sound the same.

Fishing pools

Fishing pools are objects found in bodies of water and other liquids (lava, most notably) throughout the many zones of Azeroth and beyond. These pools can be roughly divided into two subcategories:

  • Schools of Fish, which guarantee that a small number (around five in most cases) of the type of fish mentioned in the pool's name can be caught there. There is some variance depending on the size of these schools; larger ones found during Pandaren Fish of the Day events can host up to fifty, while others for certain world quests may host only a single fish.
  • Floating debris, which typically holds small chests containing a variety of crafting and trash items. These are less common than schools of fish, and catching something from a variety of different types is required for  [The Scavenger] achievement.

Both of these can be located on the map with the [Find Fish] ability, which is learned from the  [Weather-Beaten Journal]. Similarly, both will also respawn as appropriate to the circumstance, similar to mining nodes.

Schools of fish may not respawn if the event associated to them, such as the Pandaren Fish of the Day or the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, ends before they can do so. Existing pools will also despawn at this time.

Time of day / seasons

Some fish may only be caught during specific times of day or season. Nocturnal fish can be caught from 6 PM to 12 AM (18:00 - 0:00), diurnal fish from 6 AM to 12 PM (6:00 - 12:00).

Nocturnal (Night) Diurnal (Day)
 [Raw Nightfin Snapper]  [Raw Sunscale Salmon]

Other fish such as  [Stonescale Eel] and  [Plated Armorfish] have been rumored to only appear during certain times of the day - however, all of these can be caught 24 hours a day.

It is known that Winter Squid and Summer Bass appear during their respective seasons. During Autumn and Spring, they can both apparently be caught, although the frequency of each might scale throughout the season.

Edit: Time of day / seasons}
Given examples ( Nightfin vs. Sunscale) can be caught as follows: }
12.00 till 18.00 99,x% Sunscale
18.00 till 24.00 50% both (*1
24.00 till 06.00 99,x% Nightfin
06.00 till 12.00 50% both (*2
(*1 in earlier hours this will lean more toward Sunscale and later hours more toward Nightfin)
(*2 the opposite of (*1 of course

Fishing level requirements

The mechanics of fishing skill levels were changed significantly in patch 3.1. Prior to 3.1, each zone had a minimum skill requirement to be able to cast in that zone and a cap where you achieved a 100% catch rate in that zone. In between there was a chance your fish could "get away"; you would catch nothing and receive no skill-up for that cast. As of 3.1, there is no longer a minimum skill requirement to fish in any zone, and all casts will catch something and award a chance for a skill-up. However, if your skill level is too low for a zone, you will catch mostly vendor trash items. The skill level required to guarantee "no junk" catches is equivalent to the old "no getaway" level. The easiest areas have very low skill level caps, allowing you higher success initially. You will need to have one point of fishing skill (apprentice level fishing training) to fish these.

For information on fishing locations and fishing skill requirements, see Fishing skill requirements by zone.


Fishing previously involved a single large skill number that was increased on an expansion by expansion basis. It has since been reworked alongside other professions, however, to be regionalized; fishing in the Outland, for example, will level the skill for that region only. Before this change there were also books that had to be obtained to learn Expert and Master level fishing (for Outland and Northrend, respectively) and a quest offered by Nat Pagle for the Artisan level. These have been removed, and those who completed the latter requirement before Patch 3.1 can return to Nat Pagle to receive  [Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole], the reward for the current and minimized edition of that quest.

To learn how to fish, one must speak to a trainer for the appropriate region. These vary based on faction as well as location.

Increasing fishing skill

You will loathe staring at this eventually.

To increase their fishing skill, an angler need only fish in a region for which they have unlocked the appropriate skill. This may at first lead to them catching more grey trash items than fish, but as their skill increases, this will change. Using temporary skill increases (through one or more of the items seen in the section below) will help remedy this earlier and lead to earlier positive results. In addition, fishing daily and world quests may grant permanent skill increases.

Items that increase fishing skill

There are many items that increase fishing skill beyond the innate skill a character has acquired:

Fishing poles

Fishing poles replace the basic Fishing Pole (or the random stick used if no fishing pole is available) and provide a fishing skill bonus when wielded.

Item +Skill Min skill Min level Source
 [Fishing Pole] +0 0 N/A Vendors
 [Strong Fishing Pole] +5 10 3 Vendors
 [Aquatic Extractor] +0 1 N/A Distributor Au'nagl
 [Staats' Fishing Pole] +3 1 N/A A [5-30] A Taste for Grouper (Alliance only)
 [Thruk's Fishing Rod] +3 1 N/A Thruk
 [Pandaren Fishing Pole] +7 0 N/A Anglers honored
 [Darkwood Fishing Pole] +8 50 15 Fishing (rare)
 [Powered Piscine Procurement Pole] +15 1 N/A Deepwater Maw
 [Big Iron Fishing Pole] +20 100 25 Shellfish Traps (Desolace)
 [Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000] +10 100 N/A A [10-30] Snapjaws, Lad! / H [10-30] Snapjaws, Mon!
 [Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole] +10 1 (Outland Fishing) N/A N [15-30] Rather Be Fishin'
 [Nat's Lucky Fishing Pole] +12 225 N/A N Fishing [15-30] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme
 [Bone Fishing Pole] +13 1 N/A EK/Kalimdor/Northrend dailies
 [Jeweled Fishing Pole] +13 1 N/A EK/Kalimdor/Northrend dailies
 [Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole] +13 1 (Northrend Fishing) 68 Kalu'ak exalted
 [Dragon Fishing Pole] +13 1 (Pandaria Fishing) 85 Anglers revered
 [Draenic Fishing Pole] +10 (lure); +13 (pole) 1 N/A Nat Pagle friends (Lunarfall) for 25 Nat's Lucky Coin
 [Savage Fishing Pole] +10 (lure); +13 (pole) 1 N/A Nat Pagle friends (Frostwall) for 25 Nat's Lucky Coin
 [Arcanite Fishing Pole] +14 300 N/A Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Wreathed Fishing Pole] +14 1 N/A Unknown
 [Ephemeral Fishing Pole] +14 1 N/A Garrison Fishing (limited duration)
 [Underlight Angler] +15 N/A N/A  [Bigger Fish to Fry] which leads to N Fishing [10-45] Fish Frenzy
 ["The Brokers Angle'r"] +15 1 N/A Vendor (Oribos)

Fishing line

Fishing lines are consumables that create a permanent enchantment on a fishing pole. These can only be applied to a fishing pole in your own inventory. You cannot put a line on someone else's soulbound fishing pole.

Item +Skill Min skill Source
 [Reinforced Fishing Line] +1 0  [Stendel's Bane] (Westfall)
 [Spun Truesilver Fishing Line] +3 300 Outland dailies
 [Rook's Lucky Fishin' Line] +4 1 Rook's Tacklebox
 [High Test Eternium Fishing Line] +5 150 Northrend dailies / Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Ancient Fishing Line] +6 1 Slithon the Last

Skill lures

Fishing lures are consumables that create a temporary enchantment on a fishing pole.

Lure +Skill Min skill Length Source
 [Glass Fishing Bobber] +2 0 10 EK/Kalimdor fishing dailies
 [Shiny Bauble] +3 0 10 Vendors (50c)
 [Aquadynamic Fish Lens] +9 50 10  [Stendel's Bane] (Westfall)
 [Nightcrawlers] +5 50 10 Vendors (1s)
 [Flesh Eating Worm] +7 100 10 Rotted One (Duskwood)
 [Bright Baubles] +7 100 10 Vendors (2s 50c)
 [Aquadynamic Fish Attractor] +9 100 10 Vendors (2s 50c)
 [Sharpened Fish Hook] +9 100 10 Outland dailies
 [Glow Worm] +9 100 60 Northrend dailies
 [Feathered Lure] +9 100 10 450 Cooking
 [Heat-Treated Spinning Lure] +10 1 (Cataclysm Fishing) 15 Engineering
 [Worm Supreme] +10 100 (Draenor Fishing) 10 Draenor fishing
 [Day-Old Darkmoon Doughnut] +10 1 10 Darkmoon Faire (temporary duration)

Legion lures

This is a list of rare bait that can be caught in the Broken Isles; the chance to catch a given zone's bait is increased by the Arcane Lure. The bait items can be purchased from vendors in their respective zones for tokens fished up near the location of the vendor or (not including those with limited durations) bought from the Auction House. In addition, this bait may also be caught from a  [Hyper-Compressed Ocean].

Item Region Effect Source
 [Skrog Toenail] and  [Aromatic Murloc Slime] Azsuna, Broken Isles Catching the Toenail will summon a Murloc, who drops the Slime, which allows one to catch  [Leyshimmer Blenny]. Fishing (Toenail) and Drop (Slime) or Vendor (Toenail; 25  [Fragmented Enchantment] from Ilyssia of the Waters)
 [Pearlescent Conch] Azsuna, Broken Isles On use, allows one to catch the  [Nar'thalas Hermit]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Fragmented Enchantment] from Ilyssia of the Waters)
 [Rusty Queenfish Brooch] Azsuna, Broken Isles On use, allows one to see and fish from  [Ghostly Queenfish] schools. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Fragmented Enchantment] from Ilyssia of the Waters)
 [Funky Sea Snail] and  [Salmon Lure] Highmountain, Broken Isles Catching the Sea Snail will summon a Drogbar, who drops the Lure, which allows one to catch  [Ancient Highmountain Salmon]. Fishing (Sea Snail) and Drop (Lure) or Vendor (Snail; 25  [Ancient Totem Fragment] from Akule Riverhorn)
 [Frost Worm] Highmountain, Broken Isles On use, allows one to catch  [Coldriver Carp]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Ancient Totem Fragment] from Akule Riverhorn)
 [Swollen Murloc Egg] Highmountain, Broken Isles Opening the egg will spawn a murloc who places a buff on the angler, allowing them to catch  [Mountain Puffer]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Ancient Totem Fragment] from Akule Riverhorn)
 [Moosehorn Hook] and  [Silverscale Minnow] Stormheim, Broken Isles Applying the Hook to your fishing pole will allow you to catch Minnows, which in turn serve as bait for  [Thundering Stormray]. Fishing or Vendor (Hook; 25  [Shiny Bauble] from Corbyn)
 [Ancient Vrykul Ring] Stormheim, Broken Isles On use, the ring allows one to see previously hidden  [Oodelfjisk] schools. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Shiny Bauble] from Corbyn)
 [Soggy Drakescale] Stormheim, Broken Isles On use, allows one to catch  [Graybelly Lobster]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Shiny Bauble] from Corbyn)
 [Rotten Fishbone] Val'sharah, Broken Isles On use, will summon a druid who will cast a buff on the angler, allowing them to catch  [Ancient Mossgill]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Corrupted Globule] from Keeper Raynae)
 [Nightmare Nightcrawler] Val'sharah, Broken Isles On use, allows one to catch  [Terrorfin]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Corrupted Globule] from Keeper Raynae)
 [Drowned Thistleleaf] Val'sharah, Broken Isles On use, will give the angler a buff, allowing them to catch  [Thorned Flounder]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Corrupted Globule] from Keeper Raynae)
 [Demonic Detritus] Suramar, Broken Isles On use, allows one to catch  [Tainted Runescale Koi]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Golden Minnow] from Sha'leth)
 [Sleeping Murloc] Suramar, Broken Isles On use, spawns a murloc who runs around a small area dropping  [Seerspine Puffer] and other fish that are picked up by walking over them. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Golden Minnow] from Sha'leth)
 [Enchanted Lure] Suramar, Broken Isles On use, allows one to catch  [Magic-Eater Frog]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Golden Minnow] from Sha'leth)
 [Stunned, Angry Shark] The Great Sea and coastal waters, Broken Isles On use, summons a very dangerous and hostile shark that, when killed, will drop a number of  [Seabottom Squid]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Desecrated Seaweed] from Impus)
 [Message in a Beer Bottle] The Great Sea and coastal waters, Broken Isles On use, opens to provide the angler with an  [Axefish Lure], which allows them to catch  [Axefish]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Desecrated Seaweed] from Impus)
 [Decayed Whale Blubber] The Great Sea and coastal waters, Broken Isles On use, summons a  [Ravenous Fly] that must be clicked on and collected; applying it as bait will allow one to catch  [Ancient Black Barracuda]. Fishing or Vendor (25  [Desecrated Seaweed] from Impus)

Fishing apparel

Fishing apparel items provide a fishing skill bonus when worn.

Item Slot +Skill Min skill Source
 [Darkmoon Fishing Cap] Head +5 and Summon Shipwreck Debris N/A Fishing (Darkmoon Island)
 [Lucky Fishing Hat] Head +5 1 (Fishing) Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat] Head +5 (equip); +7 (lure) N/A All fishing dailies
 [Nat's Hat] Head +5 (equip); +10 (lure) 0 (Pagle rep. required) Nat Pagle exalted
 [Nat's Drinking Hat] Head +8 (equip); +10 (lure) Nat Pagle (friendly; Draenor (alternate universe) Fishing)
 [Hightfish Cap] Head +5  [Lunarfall Carp] or  [Frostdeep Minnow] (7 days)
 [Tentacled Hat] Head +5  [Lunarfall Carp] or  [Frostdeep Minnow] (7 days)
 [Nat Pagle's Extreme Anglin' Boots] Feet +5 1 (Fishing) Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Boots of the Bay] Feet +10 1 (Northrend Fishing) Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
 [Anglin' Art's Sandals] Feet +5 N/A (Alliance only)  [Anglin' Art's Bag o' Fish]
 [Anglin' Art's Stompers] Feet +5 N/A (Alliance only)  [Anglin' Art's Bag o' Fish]
 [Anglin' Art's Treads] Feet +5 N/A (Alliance only)  [Anglin' Art's Bag o' Fish]
 [Anglin' Art's Waders] Feet +5 N/A (Alliance only)  [Anglin' Art's Bag o' Fish]

Enchantments for apparel items

Enchantments for apparel items create a permanent fishing skill bonus on an item, which is then worn to apply the fishing skill bonus.

Item +Skill Source
 [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Fishing] +2 Murlocs in Hillsbrad Foothills
 [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Angler] +5 Indu'le Fisherman (Dragonblight)


Consumable items provide a temporary fishing skill bonus when consumed by the character.

Item +Skill Length Source
 [Captain Rumsey's Lager] +5 3 Cooking ( [Recipe: Captain Rumsey's Lager])
 [Underbelly Elixir] +10 10 Underbelly of Dalaran (33% chance)
 ["Fragrant" Pheromone Fish] +5 N/A Expires after 1 min.; Draenor Fishing

Other Items

These items, which are reusable, also provide buffs to fishing skill.

Item +Skill and Length Type and Source
 [Sharpened Tuskarr Spear] +5 (area buff); 10min. revered with The Anglers
 [Trawler Totem] +4 (area buff); 2min./5min. cooldown Toy; Good Friend with Akule Riverhorn

Maximum effective fishing skill

Main article: Fishing skill requirements by zone

Items you can fish up

If you appear to have caught this fish, run for your life.

The following general classes of items can be obtained through Fishing:

  • Raw fish - In many regions, different versions of fish are available from salt water and fresh water fishing areas of the same skill level. This does vary between regions/expansions, however.
  • Bloated fish - These fish have mistaken a gem for a tasty meal. That they still bit the bobber is proof that fish have a two minute memory. It can be "opened" to retrieve the gem.
  • Trophy fish - Offhand items with no stats, such as the  [47 Pound Grouper]. The higher the weight, the rarer they are; some of these are utilized by roleplayers and others can sell for large amounts on the Auction House
  • Alchemy reagents -  [Oily Blackmouth],  [Deviate Fish],  [Firefin Snapper] and  [Stonescale Eel] can be used in various pre-Burning Crusade Alchemy recipes; and  [Glassfin Minnow] which produces  [Ethereal Oil], used for  [Elixir of Water Walking].
  • Containers - Ranging from Venture Company crates (a frequent source of engineering supplies, including ores), Trunks (similar to generic low-level world chests), and Locked Chests. These are frequently caught from pools of debris (see the fishing pools subsection above).
  •  [Essence of Water] in Azshara,  [Mote of Water] in Nagrand, or  [Crystallized Water] in Northrend, among others; providing an alternative to farming those items off water elementals. These reagents were in high demand during their respective expansions, and may still sell decently well, as many are unwilling to travel to distant zones to gather resources for important or valuable low-level recipes.
  • Raid Bosses - The Lurker Below, as well as  [Zulian Mudskunk] required to summon Gahz'ranka; the latter of these has since been removed There is also a rare chance to 'catch' a monstrosity in Pandaria named Krakkanon, which will appear at the Pandaren Fish of the Day event.
  • Junk -  [Driftwood],  [Tattered Cloth], and other gray items. Catching a lot of these indicates that your skill level is too low for the zone you're fishing in, save for on Argus, where one has an extremely low chance to catch the  [Pond Nettle] mount among all the trash items.
  •  [Rockhide Strongfish],  [Steelscale Crushfish],  [The 1 Ring],  [Mr. Pinchy] and much, much more...


Main article: Fishing quests


  • As of patch 2.2, each cast of fishing will result in a bobber splash; the splash can occur when there are approximately 17, 13, 7, or 3 seconds left of the Fishing channeled spell.
  • Turn up the sound — if you are in a quiet area, it is often easier to listen for the fishing bobber effect than to stare at it as you wait for it to splash.
  • You can right click the fishing bobber to auto-loot anything caught. Turning on auto-loot will allow you to not have to worry about pressing Shift on each right click.
  • If you have auto-loot turned on and your inventory is full when you click, the loot window will stay open, allowing you to make room and manually click.
  • Fish caught by fishing can be used as a source of cheap hunter pet food even after cooking it to improve the character's cooking skill. Cooking certain fish also results in unique food buffs.
  • Having a macro to equip your weapons or using the Gear manager can be handy if you get attacked while fishing.
  • Zooming all the way to the first-person perspective keeps the bobber from ever leaving your field of view, giving you some control over where a cast will go.
  • When aggroed by a mob, it is possible to finish your current fishing cast. Damage taken and even stun effects won't break the cast. Most mobs will hit you with little enough damage that you can easily get another fish first.
  • When fishing from a school for the specific type of fish contained in that school, here are a few tips: A) If you have a good fishing level relative to the area being fished, you can catch fish of that type from that school on about 90% of the casts when the bobber lands in or at the edge of the school, and the other 10% will be loot crates (where available) not fish of other types. B) Therefore, always cast into the circle of the school or at its edge. C) You can re-cast your line at any time by using the fish command again, so just continually re-cast whenever your bobber lands outside and away from the circle. D) Find an area where there are many pools of the type of fish you seek, and run up and down the coastline fishing only from the pools. E) Mobs along the beach can sometimes be avoided more easily by swimming than by running, so it may help to bring water breathing and swim speed potions. F) This technique is easiest to implement with a hunter.
  • As it is very easy to grow bored of fishing, it is a good idea to do something more entertaining at the same time. In fact, this is somewhat vital for anyone required to fish up large amounts of fish. Browse your achievements, chat with your friends, read a book - anything goes as long as it makes time pass. Another good suggestion may be to set your game in windowed mode, turn on "sound in the background" and then watching videos or reading articles on your favorite MMO, World of Warcraft. When you hear the bobber splash, switch quickly to the game and fish up the fish, then start fishing for another before you switch back to the browser.

Best class for fishing

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Characters of any class and any level can successfully fish, but there may be some minor differences between classes, for those considering this choice . There are three factors taken in consideration, though whatever weight they have is pretty personal and/or dependent on location:

  1. Easy to reach fishing spots, avoiding mobs.
  2. Options when encountering a mob (or the mob encounters you).
  3. Options when encountering an enemy player.

Although it is unlikely that one will necessarily choose their class or race based on their ability to fish, stranger things have certainly happened on Azeroth:

  • Shamans: Advantages: [Water Walking] makes it easy to reach fishing spots circumventing mobs and to walk from one spot to another. [Ghost Wolf] allows for fast traversing short distances. Disadvantages: Relatively large penalty for not having weapon/shield equipped.
  • Death knights: [Path of Frost] gives the same benefit as Water Walking for shamans. [Chains of Ice] can slow the enemies down, allowing escape. [Unholy Presence] can aid in travel times.
  • Hunters: Advantages: Have pet to aggro nearby mobs. Can Track Humanoids and fishing spots at the same time. Do not rely on melee weapon for their DPS or crowd control, just lack some stats. Judicious use of Camouflage allows hunters to sneak around mobs when necessary.
  • Druids: Feral druids do not rely on weapon ability as much as other melee classes. Similar to casters, they just need the stats (this affects level 70 druids rather negatively, as a large amount of attack power comes from their weapon). Druids also have a high amount of mobility; the [Feral Swiftness] talent, [Travel Form], and [Aquatic Form] ( [Glyph of Aquatic Form] allows a total of 135% speed) making it easy to move from spot to spot. They can also stealth when a player comes near, or can cast [Nature's Grasp], rooting any attackers in place and allowing for a quick getaway.
  • Mages / other casters: Do not primarily rely on the weapon when aggroed, just miss some stats.
  • Monks: Able to fish while [Zen Flight] is active.
  • Priests: Can hover above ('walk on') water. Do not forget to rebuff yourself from time to time unless you want a bath in whatever you're hovering over; especially inadvisable for farming in lava.
  • Rogues: Able to [Stealth] past any enemies that may be surrounding the fishing area. Also, inscribing the  [Glyph of Blurred Speed] enables a rogue to sprint on the water for the duration of the ability.

It should also be noted that taller races will have an easier time wading out farther than gnomes or goblins to fish in pools farther from shore.


  • Fishing wasn't originally slated for inclusion in World of Warcraft, as it wasn't considered a profession but rather a minigame that had to be implemented using extra code. It was added to the game after Mark Kern requested it as a gift for his wife, who loved fishing both in real life and in Japanese RPG games. Kern approached Eric Dodds, who together with Sam Lantinga put together a working prototype after a couple of days. Kern showed the build to his wife, but she hated it since it was too passive and lacked the action component of JRPG-style fishing. Nevertheless, the WoW developers subsequently decided to include the activity in the final version of the game. (Kern's wife did later come around to liking the minigame.)[2][3][4][5]
  • Prior to the Warlords of Draenor expansion, the best resource outside of Blizzard for detailed information on everything involving this profession was El's Extreme Anglin'. All of the many changes to the profession were documented on this site, and as a tribute to El's tenacity, Salty El was added in Mists of Pandaria as a tribute; she is seen fishing at the Fish of the Day spot. Before the vast changes to professions, El even calculated the approximate times and requirements to level up fishing, as seen below:
Skill Span Fish/skill # Fish Time (3 fish/min)
1-100: 100 1.0 100 34 minutes
100-200: 100 1.6 160 54 minutes
200-300: 100 1.9 190 64 minutes
300-450: 150 3.6 540 180 minutes
450-600: 150 5.5 825 260 minutes
Totals: 600 ~1800 ~600 minutes

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): As part of the significant changes to professions in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Fishing has been divided from one 900 skill profession to several 125 skill segments based on prior and current expansions. Each must be leveled independently.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05):
    • The chance to fish up  [Flying Tiger Gourami],  [Spinefish Alpha] and  [Mimic Octopus] has been increased.
    • Reputation gains from bringing rare Pandarian fish for Nat Pagle to examine has been increased.
    • Players with a high fishing skill have a chance to fish up new pets. The Pet Journal has clues on where these elusive pets could be found.
    • Fish of the Day: On any given day, there is a location in Pandaria teeming with a type of Pandaren fishing pool.
    • Ben of the Booming Voice, located near the Halfhill Market area will inform players what the "Fish of the Day" is and mark the location on their map.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Fishing no longer requires a fishing pole to be equipped.
    If the character did not have a pole equipped, they would instead use a stick with fishing line attached. This was later changed to a generic fishing pole on an unknown date.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): The number of catches for Fishing skill up has been decreased.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Icon changed from the fish Pointer fishing 32x32.png to a fishing hook Pointer fishinghook on 32x32.png
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-08): Fishing skill gains were increasing too rapidly past 500 skill and have been adjusted.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-02): Crafty players again found a way to catch Cataclysm fish. Crafty designers have made this impossible without a Cataclysm key attached to a player’s account.
The "crafty" in this patch note may refer to the rare fish known as  [Old Crafty].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): The icon that appeared when hovering over the bobber has been changed from the standard gear Pointer gear on 32x32.png to a fish Pointer fishing 32x32.png
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Fishing has undergone significant changes.
    • There is no longer a minimum skill requirement to fish in any zone. Every catch has the potential for fishing skill gains, but you are likely to catch worthless junk in areas that are too difficult for your skill.
    • The time to catch fish has been reduced to 17 seconds, down from 22.
    • Fish can no longer get away.
    • It is no longer required to complete Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme to gain Artisan Fishing.
    • You no longer need to learn fishing from books. The trainers have finally done their reading and are able to teach you the same thing.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Removed the level requirement from the expert fishing book, [The Bass and You].
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): The Fishing timer has been reduced to 20 seconds, down from 30. It is no longer possible for the Fishing timer to run out without a fish biting.
  • Bc icon.gif Hotfix (2007-03-08): Fixed a bug where some fishing areas were not providing fish.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): You will now catch ocean fish when fishing from Rut'theran village.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.2.0 (2004-12-18):
    • Fishing for high-level zones has been restored.
    • Monetary value of fished items sold to vendors has been significantly reduced.
    • Chances of acquiring green weapons and armor from fishing have been reduced.
    • Fishing profession now requires a minimum character level, as the other professions do. Any character who already has a fishing profession past the intended level will not be affected.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13):
    • Fishing will now improve faster with use.
    • The fishing bobber now has a much louder noise when a fish is hooked.

See also


External links

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