Pay-to-play Fishing training
This page contains methods for training the Fishing skill suggested by the Old School RuneScape Wiki.
- 1 Equipment
- 2 Normal fishing table
- 3 Barbarian fishing table
- 4 Bare-handed fishing table
- 5 Fastest experience (1-99)
- 6 Other methods
- 7 Quests for Fishing experience
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.
- Net fishing: Small fishing net, not consumable.
- Bait fishing: Fishing rod and some fishing bait.
- Fly fishing: Fly fishing rod and feathers for bait.
- Harpooning: Harpoon (or just bare hands if you have completed Barbarian Training miniquest), not consumable. A Barb-tail harpoon is a wieldable alternative to the harpoon and saves an additional inventory space.
- Cage fishing: Lobster pot, not consumable.
- Barbarian fishing: Barbarian rod and usable baits: fishing baits, feathers, fish offcuts, roe, or caviar.
- Aerial Fishing: Cormorant and usable baits: king worms, fish chunks
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]
|Shrimps||1||10||1||30||Net||3||Can be caught at seas.|
|Anchovies||15||40||1||30||Net||1||Can be caught at seas.|
|Trout||20||50||15||70||Fly||7||Can be caught at rivers.|
|Salmon||30||70||25||90||Fly||9||Can be caught at rivers.|
|Tuna||35||80||30||100||Harpoon||10||Can be caught at Karamja, the Fishing Guild, Catherby, and Rellekka.|
|Lobster||40||90||40||120||Cage||12||Can be caught at Karamja, the Fishing Guild, Catherby, and Rellekka.|
|Swordfish||50||100||45||140||Harpoon||14||Can be caught at Karamja, the Fishing Guild, Catherby, and Rellekka.|
|Monkfish||62||120||62||150||Net||16||Members only. Can be caught in Piscatoris fishing colony.|
|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|
Bare-handed fishing table[edit | edit source]
|Fish||Image||Fishing level required||Strength level required||Fishing experience gained||Strength experience gained|
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]
Quest 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]
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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.At level 65 Fishing and after completion of
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
- Karambwan needed - 251,701
- Profit made (65-99): 103,952,513
- If cooked: 142,966,168
Levels 75 - 99 - Swordfish/Tuna[edit | edit source]
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]
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]
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]
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]
- Fishing Contest - 2,437 Fishing experience
- Heroes' Quest - 2,725 Fishing experience
- The Fremennik Trials - 2,812 Fishing experience
- Tai Bwo Wannai Trio - 5,000 Fishing experience
- Rum Deal - 7,000 Fishing experience
- Sea Slug - 7,175 Fishing experience
- Swan Song - 10,000 Fishing experience
- Recipe for Disaster - Freeing Pirate Pete - 1,000 Fishing experience
Total Experience: 38,149 Fishing experience