Pay-to-play Fishing training

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This article is about the pay-to-play guide. For the free players' guide, see Free-to-play Fishing training.

This page contains methods for training the Fishing skill suggested by the Old School RuneScape Wiki.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Fishing uses two types of items, divided into consumables and equipment. Consumables are used up at the rate of one item for each fish caught and are stackable, while the equipment is non-stackable and reusable.

You can also do Fishing Trawler minigame to get a set of Angler's outfit for an additional 2.5% more fishing experience gained per fish caught. But be warned that you may take many hours before getting the outfit.

Normal fishing table[edit | edit source]





Name Level Exp Cooking




Type Heals Notes
Raw shrimps Cooked shrimps. Shrimps 1 10 1 30 Net 3 Can be caught at seas.
Raw anchovies Cooked anchovies Anchovies 15 40 1 30 Net 1 Can be caught at seas.
Raw trout Cooked trout Trout 20 50 15 70 Fly 7 Can be caught at rivers.
Raw salmon Cooked salmon Salmon 30 70 25 90 Fly 9 Can be caught at rivers.
Raw tuna Cooked tuna Tuna 35 80 30 100 Harpoon 10 Can be caught at Karamja, the Fishing Guild, Catherby, and Rellekka.
Raw lobster Cooked lobster Lobster 40 90 40 120 Cage 12 Can be caught at Karamja, the Fishing Guild, Catherby, and Rellekka.
Raw swordfish Cooked swordfish Swordfish 50 100 45 140 Harpoon 14 Can be caught at Karamja, the Fishing Guild, Catherby, and Rellekka.
Raw monkfish Cooked monkfish Monkfish 62 120 62 150 Net 16 Members only. Can be caught in Piscatoris fishing colony.
Raw shark Cooked shark Shark 76 110 80 210 Harpoon 20 Members only. Can be caught at Catherby, Burgh de Rott, the Fishing Guild, Jatizso and Rellekka.

Barbarian fishing table[edit | edit source]

Fish Image Fishing level required Strength/Agility levels required Fishing experience gained Strength/Agility experience gained Cooking experience gained
Leaping trout Leaping trout.png 48 15 50 5 10
Leaping salmon Leaping salmon.png 58 30 70 6 10
Leaping sturgeon Leaping sturgeon.png 70 45 80 7 15

Bare-handed fishing table[edit | edit source]

Fish Image Fishing level required Strength level required Fishing experience gained Strength experience gained
Tuna Raw tuna.png 55 35 80 8
Swordfish Raw swordfish.png 70 50 100 10
Shark Raw shark.png 96 76 110 11

Fastest experience (1-99)[edit | edit source]

Doing this method from levels 1-99 will take you approximately 220–250 hours. Since the introduction of shift-dropping, getting rid of your inventory this way will lead to optimal rates.

Levels 1 - 24[edit | edit source]

QuestQuest point icon.png To quickly gain levels 1-24, complete the Sea Slug quest. The only requirement for this quest is 30 Firemaking and can be completed fairly quickly. This is a much faster route for early Fishing training than catching fish.

Levels 24 - 47/58 – Trout/salmon[edit | edit source]

Raw troutRaw salmon For levels 24-47/58 you will be catching trout and salmon. The best places to catch these are in Barbarian Village, Shilo Village (nearby bank), north of Seers' Village, and just south of Baxtorian Falls. All you need for this method is feathers and a fly fishing rod. These items can be bought in any fishing store, except Catherby, or in the Grand Exchange. At around 45 Fishing, fly fishing will provide around 25,000 experience per hour.

Levels 47-58/70 - Drift Net Fishing[edit | edit source]

Drift net detail.png

At 47 Fishing and 44 Hunter, Drift Net Fishing becomes the most efficient way to train Fishing up to level 58 if tick manipulation is to be used at Barbarian Fishing, or up to level 70 without tick manipulation. At level 47 Fishing and 66 Hunter, around 40,000 Fishing and 80,000 hunter experience per hour can be achieved with minimal effort. At 65 fishing and 76 hunter exp rates around 60,000 Fishing and 100,000 Hunter exp can be achieved with split attention. Experience gained for each fish caught scales (slightly) with Fishing and Hunter levels.

Heavy rod barbarian fishing experience rates as a function of fishing level using the standard 5 tick AFK technique

A merfolk trident and a method to restore run energy is necessary to achieve these experience rates. Only chase each fish shoal once and prioritize fish shoals that are near the opening by the drift net. Drift Nets themselves are not cheap and is the only downside to this method. Banking the fish will definitely help decrease the loss of money while training this method and only lowers the experience rates by a little. The fish obtained depend on the Fishing level, with raw lobsters beginning to be obtained at level 50. This offers a very quick alternative to level Hunter and Fishing at the same time while obtaining the best experience rates for Fishing.

Levels 58 - 99 – Barbarian Fishing[edit | edit source]

Hours of heavy rod fishing required to get from one level to another using the standard 5 tick AFK technique.

Leaping troutLeaping salmonLeaping sturgeon Barbarian Fishing offers the fastest experience from level 58 onwards. Although you can start Barbarian Fishing at level 48, it is faster to do drift net fishing until level 58, which allows you to catch leaping salmon. This method also gives small amounts of Agility and Strength experience in addition to Fishing, making this method the most efficient way to train Fishing. Using this method will net you approximately 1.2 million experience in both Agility and Strength by fishing from level 58 all the way up to 99.

You will have to complete a portion of Barbarian Training to be able to catch leaping fish. The levels required for this method are 30 Agility and 30 Strength. At level 70 you'll be able to catch leaping sturgeon, but this also requires 45 Agility and 45 Strength.

Items required for this method are either feathers or fishing bait (choose whatever is cheaper) and a barbarian rod obtained from Otto's Grotto.

The experience rates for the normal, 5 tick, AFK method at each fishing level for heavy rod barbarian fishing can be found in the figure to the right, reaching up to 66k per hour at level 99. Experience rates can be increased drastically by using tick manipulation to catch the fish in every 3 ticks instead of 5. The experience rate for "3 ticking" can be approximated by multiplying the base rates by 5/3, with the experience rates of up to 110,000 per hour at level 99.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 62 - 99 – Monkfish[edit | edit source]

Raw monkfish If you complete the quest Swan Song, you can begin fishing monkfish at Piscatoris, which provides more profit than lobsters or trout/salmon.

The experience per hour is around 30,000-35,000 at 70, and 40,000 per hour at higher levels. They can be cooked for better food or sold for more money.

It is recommended you continue this method until 99 if you do not want to do Barbarian Fishing, as this method remains faster in xp/hr than sharks even after 99.

  • Starting experience - 333,804
  • Experience needed - 12,700,627
  • Monkfish needed - 105,839
  • Profit made (62-99): 31,116,666
  • If cooked: 40,430,498

Levels 65 - 99 – Karambwan[edit | edit source]

Raw karambwan.png At level 65 Fishing and after completion of Tai Bwo Wannai Trio, you can start catching karambwan. For karambwan fishing you will need a karambwan vessel and raw karambwanji for bait. Raw karambwanji can be caught north-east of the fairy ring ckr.

The best spot to catch karambwan is just north of the fairy ring dkp. Therefore having a quick access to a fairy ring (such as the quest point cape, Slayer rings or a fairy ring in your house) is strongly recommended for this method. Players can bank the fish at Castle Wars using a ring of dueling, Edgeville using an amulet of glory or Shilo Village Underground Mine using Karamja gloves 3 or 4.

  • Starting experience - 449,428
  • Experience needed - 12,585,003
    • Karambwan needed - 251,701
    • Profit made (65-99): 103,952,513
    • If cooked: 142,966,168

    Levels 75 - 99 - Swordfish/Tuna[edit | edit source]

    Raw swordfish.png

    At level 75 Fishing, you can start using an Infernal Harpoon (together with 85 Cooking) to fish Swordfish and Tuna in the Fishing Guild. The close proximity to a deposit box and the invisible +7 Fishing boost make this spot the best place for this method.

    This method is noticeably more afk than Monkfish fishing, since the spots move less often and the spots are closer to eachother. Moreover, with the Infernal Harpoon your inventory will fill up slower than normal. The profit is not as good as Monkfish fishing however.

    Players can expect roughly 35,000 experience per hour at 75 Fishing, and 42,000 experience per hour at 99.

    Levels 82 - 99 – Minnow[edit | edit source]

    Minnow 5.png

    At level 82 Fishing, you can start catching minnow at Kylie Minnow's fishing platform in the Fishing Guild. This requires having full angler's outfit from the Fishing Trawler minigame. Minnow can be exchanged for noted raw sharks.

    Players can expect roughly 40,000 experience per hour at 82 Fishing, and 56,000 experience per hour at 99.

    Levels 82 - 99 – Anglerfish[edit | edit source]

    Raw anglerfish.png

    At level 82 Fishing and 100% Port Piscarilius favour, you can start catching anglerfish in Port Piscarilius.

    Players can expect roughly 15,000 experience per hour at 84 Fishing, and 23,000 experience per hour at 99.

    Levels 85 - 99 – Dark crabs[edit | edit source]

    Raw dark crab.png

    At level 85 Fishing and after completing elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary, catching dark crabs inside the Resource Area in the Wilderness becomes a viable option. The diary reward allows you catch the fish significantly faster and provides you free access to the Resource Area. Players should wear cheap defensive gear while 3- or 4-iteming expensive armour pieces, and bring high-healing food (along with super restores) to defend themselves against player killers. Piles will note the fish for 50 coins each, but it is advised to bank the fish in Edgeville every so often to reduce the risk.

    Players can expect to get roughly 40,000 experience per hour with this method.

    Levels 87 - 99 – Sacred eel[edit | edit source]

    At level 87 Fishing and partly completing the Regicide quest, player can catch Sacred eels at Zul-Andra giving 105 Fishing xp per Sacred eel. With a Cooking level of 72, the fish can be dissected with a knife to extract Zulrah's scales. Dissecting the fish can give 3-9 scales and 109-127 Cooking experience. A player's Cooking level affects how many scales are received when they are dissected. With a Cooking level in the mid 80s, one can expect to average around 5 scales per fish and a Cooking level of 99 gives around 7 scales per fish.

    With 90 Fishing , you can expect to gain about 21,300 Fishing experience per hour, with 97 Fishing it gets up till 23,500 Fishing experience per hour.

    • Starting experience - 3,972,294
    • Experience needed - 9,062,137
    • Sacred eel needed - 86,307
    • Zulrah's scales obtained (5 scales per fish): 431,535
    • Expected profit made (5 scales per fish): 71,203,275
    • Zulrah's scales obtained (7 scales per fish): 604,149
    • Expected profit made (7 scales per fish): 99,684,585

    Quests for Fishing experience[edit | edit source]

    List of quests rewarding Fishing experience:

    Total Experience: 38,149 Fishing experience