Free-to-play Fishing training

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This article is about the free-to-play guide. For the members' guide, see Pay-to-play Fishing training.

There are several ways to train Fishing in free-to-play. Depending on the desired goals of the player, they can choose between methods favouring experience rates or profit.

Methods with the highest experience rates[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–20 – Raw shrimps and raw anchovies[edit | edit source]

raw shrimps.png raw anchovies.png Fishing raw shrimps and raw anchovies with a small fishing net at a net fishing location is the only way to train fishing until level 20, where experience rates of 1,500-3,000 xp/hr can be achieved. Players must reach level 15 Fishing before there is a chance for them to receive a raw anchovy while fishing, which will increase their xp rates. To achieve the most optimal experience rates, players would want to drop the caught fish, instead of banking. Alternatively, the raw fish can be cooked for small amounts of Cooking xp. If planning on banking the fish, players should fish at Al Kharid, due to its proximity to a bank, however there is an aggressive level 14 scorpion that occasionally wanders near the southern fishing spots.

Levels 20–40/99 – Raw trout and raw salmon[edit | edit source]

raw trout.png raw salmon.png Fishing raw trout and raw salmon with a fly fishing rod at a fly fishing location and dropping it offers the fastest way to train Fishing to 99 as a free-to-play. At level 20, players can expect to achieve around 15,000 xp/hr. Players must reach level 30 Fishing before there is a chance for them to receive a raw salmon while fishing, which will increase their xp rates to around 50,000 xp/hr at higher levels. Fly fishing can be done in Lumbridge or in the Barbarian Village, and consumes a feather per every fish caught. Around 600 feathers would be consumed from levels 20-40, and 225,000 feathers from 20-99.

At the expense of xp/hr, players can cook their raw fish on the permanent fire in Barbarian Village next to the fishing spot, providing them with Cooking xp and a food source if players choose to bank the cooked fish.

Profitable methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 15–39 – Raw anchovies[edit | edit source]

Raw anchovies.pngRaw anchovies are sold for 59. Drop any shrimp you catch, banking only the anchovies. Expect to catch between 150 and 280 anchovies an hour between levels 15 and 39, with an hourly profit range of 8,850 to 16,520. The best place to catch them is Draynor Village.

Levels 40–49 – Raw lobster[edit | edit source]

For the full guide on catching lobsters, click here.

raw lobster.png Fish raw lobsters at Musa Point. Players can expect to make ~43,194 Coins 100.pngCoins and 19,980 Fishing xp per hour. To bank the caught raw lobsters, use the boat to travel to Port Sarim, costing 30 gp one way. In Port Sarim, walk to the docks with the monks and use the bank deposit to deposit the raw lobsters. If you have completed both The Corsair Curse and Dragon Slayer I, you can also use the Corsair Cove Resource Area to avoid paying the fare back and forth to use the deposit box.

Levels 50–99 – Raw tuna/swordfish[edit | edit source]

For the full guide on catching tuna/swordfish, click here.

raw tuna.png Fish at the harpoon spot at Musa Point. Players can expect to make ~36,955 Coins 100.pngCoins and 36,955 Fishing xp per hour. Players can choose to drop the raw tuna (40 each), since they are worth a lot less than raw swordfish (245 each). This will reduce the time spent banking, thus increasing the experience per hour rates.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 7/20/33–99 – Ruins of Camdozaal[edit | edit source]

After the completion of Below Ice Mountain, players can fish in the Ruins of Camdozaal. This is generally slower to train Fishing than fishing for trout and salmon (even when dropping Camdozaal fish) but this method will also help train both Cooking and Prayer. In other words, this training method is only recommended if you plan on training Prayer.

It requires 7 Fishing and 7 Cooking to fish and prepare guppy but 33 Fishing and 33 Cooking are recommended to fish and prepare Tetra. Purchasing the Fishing buff from Ramarno's shard exchange slightly increases the xp rates for lower Fishing levels.

  1. Use a small fishing net to catch fish in the fishing spot nearby. A small fishing net is provided in the space north of the preparation table and altar.
  2. Prepare these fish at the preparation table using a knife. You'll gain Cooking experience. A knife lies on the floor nearby the table.
  3. Offer the prepared fish at the altar for Prayer experience.
Fish Fishing Fishing Cooking Cooking Prayer Prayer
Level Exp Level Exp Level Exp
Guppy.png Guppy 7 8 7 12 1 4
Cavefish.png Cavefish 20 16 20 23 1 7
Tetra.png Tetra 33 24 33 31 1 10

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Depending on the method, Fishing uses one or two types of items; divided into tools and consumables. Consumables are used up at the rate of one item for each fish caught and are stackable, while the tools are non-stackable and reusable.

Fishing method Tools Consumables
Net fishing Small fishing net.pngSmall fishing net None
Bait fishing Fishing rod.pngFishing rod Fishing bait.pngFishing bait
Fly fishing Fly fishing rod.pngFly fishing rod Feather.pngFeather
Lobster pots Lobster pot.pngLobster pot None
Harpooning Harpoon.pngHarpoon None

Fishing table[edit | edit source]

Fish Fishing Fishing Cooking Cooking Prayer Prayer Caught with Heals GE Price
Level Exp Level Exp Exp Raw Cooked
Raw shrimps.png Shrimps.png Shrimp (cooked) 1 10 1 30 Net 3 36 25
Raw sardine.png Sardine.png Sardine (cooked) 5 20 1 40 Bait 4 38 9
Raw guppy.png Guppy.png Guppy (prepared) 7 8 7 12
4
Net
Raw herring.png Herring.png Herring (cooked) 10 30 5 50 Bait 5 116 9
Raw anchovies.png Anchovies.png Anchovies (cooked) 15 40 1 30 Net 1 59 87
Raw cavefish.png Cavefish.png Cavefish (prepared) 20 16 20 23
7
Net
Raw trout.png Trout.png Trout (cooked) 20 50 15 70 Fly 7 76 30
Raw pike.png Pike.png Pike (cooked) 25 60 20 80 Bait 8 44 24
Raw salmon.png Salmon.png Salmon (cooked) 30 70 25 90 Fly 9 40 66
Raw tetra.png Tetra.png Tetra (prepared) 33 24 33 31
10
Net
Raw tuna.png Tuna.png Tuna (cooked) 35 80 30 100 Harpoon 10 40 68
Raw lobster.png Lobster.png Lobster (cooked) 40 90 40 120 Lobster pot 12 104 154
Raw swordfish.png Swordfish.png Swordfish (cooked) 50 100 45 140 Harpoon 14 245 305