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Released 11 June 2001 (Update)
Also called Fish
Members No
Type Gathering
Players with
as of 1 August 2022 - update
Players with
200M XP
as of 25 July 2022 - update
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Fishing is a skill which involves catching fish from selected spots around Gielinor. Higher Fishing levels enable different mechanisms of Fishing, the ability to catch a larger selection of fish and increases a player's catch rate. Caught fish may be cooked through the Cooking skill to create food which may be used later to regain hitpoints during combat. Alternatively, many players sell their excess stock of catches for gold.

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Fishing level up - normal
The music that plays when levelling up.
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Fishing level up - with unlocks
The music that plays when levelling up and unlocking new content.

Fish[edit | edit source]

When a player catches most fish, they will be raw and cannot be eaten until they are cooked. The name and colour indicates this. For example, when shrimps are first caught they are named "raw shrimps", but once cooked the name changes to "shrimps".

Clue in a bottle[edit | edit source]

While fishing, players may also occasionally receive clue bottles that contains a clue scroll of the following difficulties: beginner, easy, medium, hard, and elite. Master clue scrolls cannot be obtained from clue bottles.

Fishing methods[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Players need the right kind of equipment to catch the fish they want. Fishing equipment can be purchased in fishing shops. Players can buy fishing equipment from the fishing store in Port Sarim and from the fishing store in Catherby.

Equipment Secondary Item Fishing Spot Associated Fish Level Members Other Requirements
Small fishing net.png Small fishing net None Net / Bait[s 1] Raw shrimps.png Raw shrimps Fishing 1 0
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Raw anchovies.png Raw anchovies Fishing 15
Net / Bait Frog spawn.png Frog spawn Fishing 33 1
Member icon.png
Net Raw karambwanji.png Raw karambwanji Fishing 5 1
Member icon.png
Harpoon / Net Raw monkfish.png Raw monkfish Fishing 62 1
Member icon.png
Quest points Swan Song
Net Minnow.png Minnow Fishing 82 1
Member icon.png
Show Kylie Minnow the full angler's outfit.
Big fishing net.png Big fishing net None Net / Harpoon Raw mackerel.png Raw mackerel Fishing 16 1
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Raw cod.png Raw cod Fishing 23
Raw bass.png Raw bass Fishing 46
Drift net.png Drift net None Drift net anchors Fish shoal.png Fish shoal Fishing 47 1
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Hunter 44 see drift net fishing.
Fishing rod.png Fishing rod Fishing bait.png Fishing bait Net / Bait Raw sardine.png Raw sardine Fishing 5 0
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Raw herring.png Raw herring Fishing 10 0
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Lure / Bait Raw pike.png Raw pike Fishing 25 0
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Net / Bait
or Bait[s 2]
Raw slimy eel.png Raw slimy eel Fishing 28 1
Member icon.png
Raw cave eel.png Raw cave eel Fishing 38
Sandworms.png Sandworms Bait Raw anglerfish.png Raw anglerfish Fishing 82 1
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100% favour in Port Piscarilius.
Fishing bait.png Fishing bait Bait Sacred eel.png Sacred eel Fishing 87 1
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Partial completion of Quest points Regicide.
Fly fishing rod.png Fly fishing rod Feather.png Feather Lure / Bait Raw trout.png Raw trout Fishing 20 0
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Raw salmon.png Raw salmon Fishing 30
Stripy feather.png Stripy feather Lure / Bait Raw rainbow fish.png Raw rainbow fish Fishing 38 1
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Oily fishing rod.png Oily fishing rod Fishing bait.png Fishing bait Bait Raw lava eel.png Raw lava eel Fishing 53 1
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Infernal eel.png Infernal eel Fishing 80 Access to the inner city of Mor Ul Rek.
Barbarian rod.png Barbarian rod Feather.png Feather Rod Leaping trout.png Leaping trout Fishing 48 1
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Agility 15 , Strength 15 , Barbarian Training
Leaping salmon.png Leaping salmon Fishing 58 Agility 30 , Strength 30 , Barbarian Training
Leaping sturgeon.png Leaping sturgeon Fishing 70 Agility 45 , Strength 45 , Barbarian Training
Harpoon.png Harpoon None Cage / Harpoon
or Harpoon / Net[s 3]
Raw tuna.png Raw tuna Fishing 35 0
Free-to-play icon.png
Optional: Member icon.png Fishing 55 , Strength 35 , Barbarian Training to catch without a harpoon.
Raw swordfish.png Raw swordfish Fishing 50 Optional: Member icon.png Fishing 70 , Strength 50 , Barbarian Training to catch without a harpoon.
Net / Harpoon Raw shark.png Raw shark Fishing 76 1
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Optional: Member icon.png Fishing 96 , Strength 70 , Barbarian Training to catch without a harpoon.
Lobster pot.png Lobster pot None Cage / Harpoon Raw lobster.png Raw lobster Fishing 40 0
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Dark fishing bait.png Dark fishing bait Cage Raw dark crab.png Raw dark crab Fishing 85 1
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Cormorant's glove.png Cormorant's glove King worm.png
Fish chunks.png
King worm
or Fish chunks
Fishing spot
(Aerial Fishing)
Bluegill.png Bluegill Fishing 43 1
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Hunter 35
Common tench.png Common tench Fishing 56 Hunter 51
Mottled eel.png Mottled eel Fishing 73 Hunter 68
Greater siren.png Greater siren Fishing 91 Hunter 87
Karambwan vessel.png Karambwan vessel Raw karambwanji.png Raw karambwanji Fish (Karambwan) Raw karambwan.png Raw karambwan Fishing 65 1
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Completion of Tai Bwo Wannai Trio.
  1. ^ Shrimps can also be caught alongside raw karambwanji in the appropriate net spots.
  2. ^ Spots found in the Mort Myre Swamp only offer the bait option.
  3. ^ The harpoon/net spots found at the Piscatoris Fishing Colony.

Fishing shops[edit | edit source]

Locations of fishing shops where players can buy supplies are:

Free-to-play[edit | edit source]

Members[edit | edit source]

Nets[edit | edit source]

A player fishing on a fishing spot.

The first few fish players can catch require nets. Fishing nets can only be used in the seas. Players can use small fishing nets and big fishing nets. The big nets only allow players to catch different types of fish and sometimes items, such as caskets. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their net if the option "net fishing spot" is available. "Net fishing spot" can be found in: Draynor Village, Lumbridge Swamp, Musa Point, the coastline near Rimmington, the Wilderness Bandit Camp, Al Kharid, and Corsair Cove.

Fishing rods and bait[edit | edit source]

This player is using a fishing rod.

Fishing rods are required for mid level fishing. Rods can be used in both rivers and seas. Along with a fishing rod, players also need bait. Bait can be bought in stores (3 coins each at the Port Sarim fishing shop), but is also dropped by some monsters and random events. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their fishing rod if the option "bait fishing spot" is available. For every fish you catch, you lose one piece of bait.

There is also an oily fishing rod. However, only members can use this rod. It is required to catch infernal eels when used with ice gloves. It is also required to catch lava eels and is needed in the Heroes' Quest.

Fly fishing rods and feathers[edit | edit source]

Fly fishing rods are also required for mid level fishing. These rods can only be used in rivers. Along with a fly fishing rod, players also need feathers. They can be bought from the Shilo Village and Port Sarim fishing shop, but are also dropped by chickens. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their fly fishing rod if the option "lure fishing spot" is available.

Stripy feathers (introduced with the Hunter skill) can be used for fly fishing, as well. Those feathers work the same as normal feathers, but players will only be able to fish rainbow fish, rather than the usual trout and salmon.

Harpoon[edit | edit source]

This player is using a harpoon to fish.

Harpoons are required for mid and high level fish. Harpoons can only be used in the seas. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their harpoon if the option "harpoon fishing spot" is available. Swordfish and tuna are caught in cage/harpoon fishing spots, while sharks are caught in net/harpoon spots.

There are five types of harpoons - the regular harpoon, the barb-tail harpoon, the dragon harpoon, the infernal harpoon, and the crystal harpoon. The dragon harpoon and infernal harpoon both have a 20% faster catch rate than the regular harpoon, and the crystal harpoon has a 35% faster catch rate. The barb-tail harpoon, dragon harpoon, infernal harpoon, and crystal harpoon can all be wielded. Many players prefer these harpoons as it saves an inventory space.

After being taught by Otto Godblessed, a player can catch fish that are harpoonable with just their hands. The fishing level requirement is 20 levels higher and it also requires a Strength level equal to the fishing level needed to catch the fish normally, but a small amount of strength experience is gained and the player doesn't need a harpoon equipped or in their inventory.

tips for new player:

  1. use the harpoon on the fishing spot if you don't want to right click.

Lobster Pots[edit | edit source]

This player is using a lobster pot to catch lobsters.

Lobsters are caught in the sea by using lobster pots. When a player has found a fishing spot, they can then use their lobster pot if the option "cage fishing spot" is available. This is also true for Dark Crabs, with the only exception being Dark Fishing Bait must also be in a player's inventory.

Karambwan vessels[edit | edit source]

Karambwan vessels can be obtained from Lubufu south of Brimhaven once a player has started the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest and they can be bought from Tiadeche's Karambwan Stall in Tai Bwo Wannai once they have completed the quest. Karambwan vessels are loaded with karambwanji, which are caught from the lake that is near Lubufu. Karambwan are caught at the north-east shore north of the Ship Yard.

Barbarian Fishing[edit | edit source]

Members with level 48 in Fishing can speak with Otto Godblessed in his home near Baxtorian Falls to learn special barbarian methods of fishing. First, he instructs the player on heavy rod fishing. Heavy rod fishing requires a barbarian rod (found under Otto's bed) and any type of bait (except for stripy/coloured feathers), as well as a knife to gut the fish. In order to catch the special fish in Otto's lake, a Strength and Agility level is needed in addition to the fishing requirement. The leaping fish obtained can be used with a knife to obtain roe and caviar for use in the Herblore skill, and catching them gives small amounts of experience in Strength and Agility.

After this, the player can learn how to fish tuna, harpoonfish, swordfish, and sharks without a harpoon. Using this method requires a higher Fishing level as well as a Strength level equivalent to the Fishing level needed to catch the fish normally. However, it provides small amounts of Strength experience. At level 55, players can expect rates of 10,000 Fishing experience per hour, steadily increasing to 13,000 experience per hour at level 69. At level 70, catching both tuna and swordfish nets roughly 24,000 Fishing experience per hour.

Other Equipment[edit | edit source]

Rada's blessing[edit | edit source]

Rada's blessing will give you an extra chance at catching a fish, with no additional experienced granted, starting at 2% for the Rada's blessing 1 to 8% with the Rada's blessing 4.

Angler's Outfit[edit | edit source]

Obtained through the Fishing trawler minigame and Aerial fishing, pieces of the Angler's outfit grant a bonus to fishing XP gained, increasing to 2.5% with the full outfit.

Fishing spots[edit | edit source]

Players may fish at various fishing spots located around Gielinor, while fishing, the location of a fishing spot may move from one spot to another within the same area, requiring the player to move in order to continue. The only exceptions to this are select fishing spots located within the wilderness and Karambwan fishing spots.

Net and bait fishing spots[edit | edit source]

Lure and bait fishing spots[edit | edit source]

Big net fishing spots[edit | edit source]

Harpoon & Lobster Pot fishing spots[edit | edit source]

Other fishing spots[edit | edit source]

These generally are one specific place for one specific type of fishing.

Tempoross[edit | edit source]

Tempoross is a Fishing-based skilling boss found at the Ruins of Unkah. Players need at least level 35 Fishing to help participate. World 341, 422, 463 and 531 are the Old School RuneScape designated Tempoross worlds. Players board the boat on the dock to sail to an island in order to help subdue Tempoross. In order to subdue Tempoross, players must catch, cook and fire harpoonfish using the cannons provided. This will cause Tempoross to submerge in the centre of the island, where it can then be attacked, allst while dodging Tempoross' attacks. Players must be careful not to let Tempoross get too enraged as it'll wash them off the island. Defeating Tempoross, whether it be by yourself or in a group, will grant Fishing experience and reward permits that can be stored at the reward pool. Rewards such as cosmetic overrides and a variety of useful Fishing items, e.g. fish barrel or a tackle box can be obtained by fishing out of the reward pool.

Fishing Trawler[edit | edit source]

Fishing Trawler is a Fishing minigame run by Murphy that players can play at Port Khazard. Players need at least level 15 Fishing to participate. Players board a trawler boat and work as a team to prevent the boat from sinking as they are sailed for 5 minutes around the sea. It can be overwhelming for a single player, so it is recommended to participate in a group. World 370 is the Old School RuneScape designated Fishing Trawler world. If the trawler net is not ripped by the end of the trip, players may receive saltwater fish up to their Fishing level and other assorted items (i.e. rusty swords). The Fishing Trawler is the one of the only methods in which you are able to catch sea turtles and manta rays. Players have a 1/12 chance to receive a piece of the Angler's outfit and a 1/5,000 chance of receiving the heron pet.

Fishing pets[edit | edit source]

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  • The Heron is a members-only skilling pet that can be obtained while training Fishing. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's Fishing level, and the time it takes to gather a resource.
  • A tiny tempor may be obtained by fishing it from the reward pool outside the Ruins of Unkah after defeating the Tempoross.

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Boost Level
Visibility Other info
Fishing cape.png Fishing cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Dragon harpoon.png Dragon harpoon 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Infernal harpoon.png Infernal harpoon 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar.
Crystal harpoon.png Crystal harpoon 3 Visible Uses 100% of Special attack bar. Requires 70 attack and 50 agility to wield.
Fishing potion(4).png Fishing potion 3 Visible Created through the Herblore skill.
Fish pie.png Fish pie 3 Visible Consists of 2 bites, restoring 6 Hitpoints per bite.
Spicy stew.png Spicy stew
(brown spice)
±0-5 Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 levels randomly.
Admiral pie.png Admiral pie 5 Visible Consists of 2 bites, restoring 8 Hitpoints per bite.
Fishing Guild.png Fishing Guild 7 Invisible The boost takes effect while player is within the Fishing Guild.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Fishing[edit | edit source]

Quest Fishing
Other skill requirements
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio Fishing 5 Agility 15 , Cooking 30 , Fishing 65 if catching your own Karambwan
Fishing Contest Fishing 10 -
Land of the Goblins Fishing 40 Agility 38 , Thieving 45 , Herblore 48
Rum Deal Fishing 50 Crafting 42 , Farming 40 , Prayer 47 , Slayer 42
Heroes' Quest Fishing 53 Cooking 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50
The Fremennik Exiles Fishing 60 Crafting 65 , Slayer 60 , Smithing 60 , Runecraft 55
Swan Song Fishing 62 Magic 66 , Cooking 62 , Smithing 45 , Firemaking 42 , Crafting 40

Quests rewarding Fishing experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
Recipe for Disaster
(Pirate Pete subquest)
1,000 - Cooking 31
Fishing Contest 2,437 Fishing 10 -
Heroes' Quest 2,725 Fishing 53 Quest points 55 , Cooking 53 , Herblore 25 , Mining 50
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 - Fletching 25 , Woodcutting 40 , Crafting 40 if crafting your own lyre
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio 5,000 Fishing 5 Agility 15 , Cooking 30 , Fishing 65 if catching your own Karambwan
Rum Deal 7,000 Fishing 50 Crafting 42 , Farming 40 , Prayer 47 , Slayer 42
Sea Slug 7,175 - Firemaking 30
Land of the Goblins 8,000 Fishing 40 Agility 38 , Thieving 45 , Herblore 48
Swan Song 10,000 Fishing 62 Quest points 100 , Magic 66 , Cooking 62 , Smithing 45 , Firemaking 42 , Crafting 40
Total 46,149

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Fishing. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Skills availableSkill requirements
X Marks the Spot300AnyNone
Client of Kourend500 twiceAnyNone
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen2,500Any skill above 30Farming 49 , Herblore 57
A Tail of Two Cats2,500 twiceAny skill above 30None
The Great Brain Robbery5,000Any skill above 30Crafting 16 , Construction 30 , Prayer 50
King's Ransom5,000Any skill above 50Defence 65
Darkness of Hallowvale2,000 three timesAny skill above 30Construction 5 , Mining 20 , Thieving 22 , Crafting 32 , Magic 33 , Strength 40
A Taste of Hope2,500 three timesAny skill above 35Crafting 48 , Herblore 40 , Attack 40 , Agility 45 , Slayer 38
A Kingdom Divided10,000Any skill above 40Agility 54 , Thieving 52 , Woodcutting 52 , Herblore 50 , Mining 42 ,
Crafting 38 , Magic 35
Architectural Alliance
10,000Any skill above 40None
In Search of Knowledge
10,000Any skill above 40None
Curse of the Empty Lord
10,000Any skill above 50Some players will need Prayer 31
One Small Favour10,000 twiceAny skill above 30Agility 36 , Crafting 25 , Herblore 18 , Smithing 30
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000Any skill above 50Quest points 175 , Cooking 70 , Agility 48 , Mining 50 , Fishing 53 ,
Thieving 53 , Herblore 25 , Magic 59 , Smithing 40 , Firemaking 50 ,
Ranged 40 , Crafting 40 , Fletching 10 , Slayer 10 , Woodcutting 36
Sins of the Father15,000 three timesAny skill above 60Woodcutting 62 , Fletching 60 , Crafting 56 , Agility 52 , Slayer 50 , Attack 50 , Magic 49

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
11 November 2020

Players can no longer be dragged randomly if they spam click a Fishing spot before it moves.

14 October 2020

The in-game skill guide has been reorganised; the "Catches" tab was split apart to specific types of fishing, ex. "Big Net", "Rod", "Aerial", etc.

19 March 2015

You can now catch fish with a full inventory if one inventory space would become available from the bait consumed.

11 September 2014

You no longer encounter the river troll, big fish, and whirlpool random events while fishing.