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How to fish in Stardew Valley: seasonal & legendary fish, rod guide, more

Published: 23/Jul/2021 2:39 Updated: 29/Jul/2021 13:23

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Catching fish is one of the quickest ways to make money in Stardew Valley, as well as being a key part of the Community Center bundles. Fishing is a crucial skill you need to learn if you want your farm to thrive.

While Stardew Valley is a farming game, it’s not all just watering crops and feeding animals. Activities like mining and fishing are also important, especially if you’ve taken the Community Center route and need to complete the bundles.

Catching fish is one of the most popular features in the life-simulation title as it’s highly addicting and also makes a good chunk of cash fairly swiftly. Here’s everything you need to know, from how to throw a line to the rarest water-dwelling creatures in the game.

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How to fish in Stardew Valley

First thing’s first: to fish in Stardew Valley, you’re going to need a rod. Head to the beach and then speak to Willy on the pier. He’ll tell you that it’s important to him to carry on the skill into the next generation and gifts you the Bamboo Pole.

To start fishing, you need to equip the rod, stand by a body of water and press the Use Tool button (square on PlayStation, X on Xbox, Y on Nintendo Switch, left mouse button on PC).

It isn’t as simple as just throwing your line in the water and waiting for a bite, though – you need to play (and win!) a mini-game of sorts in order to catch anything.

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There are almost 100 fish in the game.

Casting

Where and how you cast your line matters when fishing. When first throwing it out, a meter will show up by your character’s hand: this determines how far it’ll go across the water, with red being close and green further away. In most cases, you’ll want it to go as far as possible.

Once a fish has bitten, an alert sound will play and “HIT!” appears on-screen. Quickly press the Use Tool button again to hook it and initiate the catching mini-game.

Fishing mini-game

When throwing your line, you’ll notice a moving green bar with a fish inside appear in the middle of the screen. The aim is to keep the fish inside the green section at all times until the progress bar fills up and it’s caught. If it swims out of the area, the bar decreases and if it drains completely, you lose.

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To move the bar, you can either tap the Use Tool button or hold it: tapping keeps it in place while holding raises it upwards quickly. Different types of fish have different movement patterns, so stay on your toes. The mini-game can take a few tries to get used to – don’t get discouraged!

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Different fish show up in varied locations.

How to get a perfect catch

To get a perfect catch when fishing in Stardew Valley, you need to make sure the fish doesn’t leave the green bar at all when reeling it in. If it goes outside the box for even a split second, it’s impossible to achieve one.

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If successful, you’ll get a higher quality fish as well as increased experience points towards your Fishing Level, so it’s worth trying to get the best catch, especially when you’re at a lower level.

Types of fishing rod in Stardew Valley

There are four types of rod in the game, each with its own improvements. All of them can be bought from Willy’s Fish Shop, though you’ll need to reach a certain Fishing Level to use the better ones. You can also buy a Crab Pot that catches shells and crustaceans overnight.

Type of fishing rod Improvements Fishing Level requirement
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Training Rod

Easier to use than other rods None, but only catches common fish
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Bamboo Pole

None None
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Fiberglass Rod

Can use bait Fishing Level 2
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Iridium Rod

Can use bait and tackle Fishing Level 6
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Crab Pot

None Fishing Level 3

Bait types

The Fiberglass and Iridium poles can both hold bait, which is used to attract fish quicker. Some baits have additional benefits, too.

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Type of bait Additional benefit How to get
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Bait

Lower chance of getting trash Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 5G at Fishing Level 2

Found in Worm Bin, Treasure Chests

Can be crafted at Level 2: 1x Bug Meat

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Magnet

Higher chance of finding treasure while fishing Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 1,000G at Fishing Level 9

Purchased from Casino for 1,000 Qi coins

Can be crafted at Level 9: 1x Iron Bar

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Wild Bait

Has a chance of catching two fish at one time Can be crafted: 10x Fiber, 5x Slime, 5x Bug Meat

Crafting recipe obtained from Linus after reaching 4-heart friendship

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Magic Bait

Allows you to catch any seasonal fish at any time in any body of water Purchased from Qi’s Walnut Room for 5 Qi Gems

Can be crafted: 1x Radioactive Ore, 3x Bug Meat

Crafting recipe purchased from Qi’s Walnut Room for 20 Qi Gems

Tackle types

Like bait, tackle is attached to the Iridium Rod. It also makes fish easier to catch, and each type has its own additional benefit. They last for 20 uses before breaking.

Type of tackle Additional benefit How to get
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Spinner

Reduces delay before a fish bite Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 500G

Can be crafted: 2x Iron Bar

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Dressed Spinner

Further reduces delay before a fish bite Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 1,000G

Can be crafted: 2x Iron Bar, 1x Cloth

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Trap Bobber

Fish escape slower when not reeling Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 500G

Can be crafted: 1x Copper Bar, 10x Sap

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Cork Bobber

Increases the size of the fishing bar Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 750G

Can be crafted: 10x Wood, 5x Hardwood, 10x Slime

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Lead Bobber

Stops the fishing bar from bouncing when it hits the bottom Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 200G
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Treasure Hunter

Increases treasure chance and stops fish escaping when there’s treasure Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 750G

Can be crafted: 2x Gold Bar

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Barbed Hook

Makes the fishing bar stick to the fish Purchased from Willy’s Fish Shop for 1,000G

Can be crafted: 1x Copper Bar, 1x Iron Bar, 1x Gold Bar

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Curiosity Lure

Increases rare fish chance Random drop in the Quarry Mine, Skull Cavern, Volcano Dungeon
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Quality Bobber

Increases fish quality Can be crafted: 1x Copper Bar, 20x Sap, 5x Solar Essence

Crafting recipe obtained after completing “Juicy Bugs Wanted!” Special Order

Where to fish in Stardew Valley

You can fish in 14 locations in Stardew Valley. Some creatures only show up in certain places so it’s important to know where each fishing spot is if you’re wanting to complete your Collections menu.

Fishing location Best fishing spot
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Pelican Town

Anywhere along the river that runs in the south part of town
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Beach

On the pier
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Cindersap Forest

The pond in the middle of the forest
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Mountain

The lake outside of the Mines
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The Mines

Floors 20, 60, 100
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Secret Woods

In the pond
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The Desert

In the oasis
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Sewer

Anywhere in the green water
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Mutant Bug Lair

Anywhere in the purple water
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Witch’s Swamp

Anywhere in the water
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Ginger Island North

North of the docks at Ginger Island South
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Ginger Island South & Southeast

Anywhere in the water
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Ginger Island West

In both the ocean and the river
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Pirate Cove

At the dock

Fishing Skill in Stardew Valley

The Fishing Skill tree has 10 levels, each with its own rewards and unlocks. It is increased by using a fishing rod or the Crab Pot, and raises your Proficiency, bobber height, and fish size, and decreases bite delay.

Levels & rewards

Fishing Skill Level Reward
Level 1  

Casting distance increased

 

Level 2 Bait Crafting recipe

Fiberglass Rod, Bait available at Willy’s Fish Shop

Level 3 Crab Pot Crafting recipe

Dish O’ The Sea Cooking recipe

Crab Pot available at Willy’s Fish Shop

Level 4 Recycling Machine Crafting recipe

Casting distance increased

Level 5 Pick a Profession:

Fisher – Fish are worth 25% more money

Trapper – Costs less materials to craft Crab Pots

Level 6 Spinner, Trap Bobber Crafting recipes

Lead Bobber, Trap Bobber, Spinner, Iridium Rod available at Willy’s Fish Shop

Level 7 Cork Bobber, Treasure Hunter Crafting recipes

Cork Bobber, Treasure Hunter available at Willy’s Fish Shop

Level 8 Dressed Spinner, Barb Hook, Worm Bin Crafting recipes

Barb Hook, Dressed Spinner available at Willy’s Fish Shop

Casting distance increased

Level 9 Magnet Crafting recipe

Seafoam Pudding Cooking recipe

Magnet available at Willy’s Fish Shop

Level 10 Pick a Perk:

If chose Fisher at Level 5 – Fish are worth 50% more OR double chance to find treasure

If chose Trapper at Level 5 – No trash from Crab Pots OR Crab Pots don’t need Bait

All fish & locations in Stardew Valley

There are almost 100 fish in the game, all with various locations, times, seasons, and weather conditions. Some even require you to be a certain Fishing Level before they start spawning.

Spring fish

Fish Location, time & weather
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Anchovy

Ocean

Any time

Any weather

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Catfish

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest, Secret Woods, Witch’s Swamp

6AM – 12AM

Rain

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Eel

Ocean

4PM – 2AM

Rain

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Flounder

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

6AM – 8PM

Any weather

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Halibut

Ocean

6AM – 11AM and 7PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Herring

Ocean

Any time

Any weather

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Sardine

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Shad

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

9AM – 2AM

Rain

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Smallmouth Bass

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

Any time

Any weather

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Sunfish

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

6AM – 7PM

Sunny, Windy

Summer fish

Fish Location, time & weather
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Catfish

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest, Secret Woods, Witch’s Swamp

6AM – 12AM

Rain

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Dorado

Cindersap Forest

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Flounder

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

6AM – 8PM

Any weather

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Halibut

Ocean

6AM – 11AM and 7PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Octopus

Ocean

6AM – 1PM

Any weather

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Pike

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

Any time

Any weather

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Pufferfish

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

12PM – 4PM

Sunny

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Rainbow Trout

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest, Mountain

6AM – 7PM

Sunny

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Red Mullet

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Red Snapper

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Rain

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Shad

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

9AM – 2AM

Rain

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Sturgeon

Mountain

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Sunfish

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

6AM – 7PM

Sunny, Windy

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Super Cucumber

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

6PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Tilapia

Ocean, Ginger Island river

6AM – 2PM

Any weather

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Tuna

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

Fall fish

Fish Location, time & weather
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Albacore

Ocean

6AM – 11AM, 6PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Anchovy

Ocean

Any time

Any weather

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Catfish

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest, Secret Woods, Witch’s Swamp

6AM – 12AM

Rain

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Eel

Ocean

4PM – 2AM

Rain

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Midnight Carp

Mountain, Cindersap Forest, Ginger Island pond & river

10PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Red Snapper

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Rain

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Salmon

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Sardine

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Sea Cucumber

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Shad

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

9AM – 2AM

Rain

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Smallmouth Bass

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

Any time

Any weather

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Super Cucumber

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

6PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Tiger Trout

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Tilapia

Ocean, Ginger Island river

6AM – 2PM

Any weather

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Walleye

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest, Mountain

12PM – 2AM

Rain

Winter fish

Fish Location, time & weather
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Albacore

Ocean

6AM – 11AM, 6PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Halibut

Ocean

6AM – 11AM, 7PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Herring

Ocean

Any time

Any weather

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Lingcod

Pelican Town, Cedarsap Forest, Mountain

Any time

Any weather

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Midnight Carp

Mountain, Cindersap Forest, Ginger Island pond & river

10PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Perch

Pelican Town, Cedarsap Forest, Mountain

Any time

Any weather

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Pike

Pelican Town, Cindersap ForestAny time

Any weather

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Red Mullet

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Red Snapper

Ocean (Rain Totem)

6AM – 7PM

Rain

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Sardine

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Sea Cucumber

Ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Squid

Ocean

6PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Sturgeon

Mountain

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Tiger Trout

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Tuna

Ocean, Ginger Island ocean

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Walleye

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest, Mountain (Rain Totem)

12PM – 2AM

Rain

Year-round fish

Fish Location, time & weather
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Blue Discus

Ginger Island ponds & river

Any time

Any weather

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Bream

Pelican Town, Cindersap Forest

6PM – 2AM

Any weather

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Bullhead

Mountain

Any time

Any weather

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Carp

Mountain, Secret Woods, Sewers

Any time

Any weather

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Chub

Cindersap Forest, Mountain

Any time

Any weather

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Ghostfish

Mines – Floor 20, 60

Any time

Any weather

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Ice Pip

Mines – Floor 60

Any time

Any weather

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Largemouth Bass

Mountain

6AM – 7PM

Any weather

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Lava Eel

Mines – Floor 100

Any time

Any weather

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Lionfish

Ginger Island ocean

Any time

Any weather

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Sandfish

Desert

6AM – 8PM

Any weather

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Scorpion Carp

Desert (Fishing Level 4 required)

6AM – 8PM

Any weather

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Slimejack

Mutant Bug Lair

Any time

Any weather

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Stingray

Pirate Cove

Any time

Any weather

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Stonefish

Mines – Floor 20

Any time

Any weather

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Void Salmon

Witch’s Swamp

Any time

Any weather

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Woodskip

Forest Farm, Secret Woods

Any time

Any weather

Legendary fish

There are five Legendary fish, meaning you can only catch them once per save file. It’s up to you what you do with them, whether you want to keep them as trophies or display them, but they all sell for a lot of money if you’re in need of cash.

Fish Location, season & weather
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Angler

Pelican Town – On the wooden bridge north of JojaMart (Fishing Level 3 required)

Fall

Any weather

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Crimsonfish

Beach – East Pier (Fishing Level 5 required)

Summer

Any weather

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Glacierfish

Cindersap Forest – In the south, on the island shaped like an arrowhead (Fishing Level 6 required)

Winter

Any weather

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Legend

Mountain Lake (Fishing Level 10 required)

Any time

Rain

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Mutant Carp

Sewers

All seasons

Any weather

Crab Pot fish

While the Crab Pot isn’t necessarily a fishing rod, you can catch certain types of sea creatures with it. Once you’re at Fishing Level 3, you can put them into any body of water and leave them overnight to see what you get. Ocean and freshwater have different fish so make sure you put a Pot in both.

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Clam

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Cockle

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Crab

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Crayfish (Freshwater)

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Lobster

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Mussel

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Oyster

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Periwinkle (Freshwater)

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Shrimp

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Snail (Freshwater)

Night Market fish

These three fish can only be caught at the Night Market event on Winter 15–17. You’ll go on a submarine ride and have the chance to go fishing. If you miss the opportunity, you’ll have to wait a whole year so make sure you remember!

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Blobfish

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Midnight Squid

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Spookfish‏‏‎