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Fishing Tools:

Name Image Level required Member's only Notes
Small fishing net Small fishing net 1 No None.
Crayfish cage Crayfish cage 1 No None.
Fishing rod Fishing Rod 5 No You must use Fishing bait when fishing with a Fishing rod.
Big fishing net Big fishing net 16 Yes None.
Fly fishing rod Fly Fishing Rod 20 No You must use Feathers when fishing with a Fly fishing rod.
Harpoon Harpoon 35 No None.
Lobster pot Lobster Pot 40 No None.
Oily fishing rod Oily fishing rod 53 Yes This item is not tradeable. It is used in Hero's Quest.
Karambwan vessel Karambwan vessel 65 Yes Must have begun the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio Quest to use.
The required bait is rainbow-colored Raw karambwanji.

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Fish Table:

Name Image Heals* Level to Catch Catching EXP Level to Cook Tool Tool Image Member's only Where Found
Shrimp Shrimp 200 1 10 1 Small fishing net Fishing Net No Lumbridge Swamp, Catherby Shore, South-west Al Kharid, Karamja Dock, and Draynor Village
Crayfish Raw Crayfish 200 1 10 1 Crayfish cage Crayfish Cage No Lumbridge
Karambwanji Karambwanji 200 5 10 1 Small fishing net Fishing Net Yes Brook south of Tai Bwo Wannai Village, northwest of Shilo Village
Sardine Sardine 200 5 20 1 Fishing rod and Fishing bait Fishing Rod No Catherby Shore, South-west Al Kharid, Karamja Dock and Draynor Village
Herring Herring 200 10 30 5 Fishing rod and Fishing bait Fishing Rod No Catherby Shore, South-west Al Kharid, Karamja Dock and Draynor Village
Giant Carp Giant carp 200 10 N/A 1 Fishing rod and Red vine worm
(Must have started Fishing Contest)
Fishing Rod Yes Fishing Contest area
Anchovy Anchovies 200 15 40 1 Small fishing net Fishing Net No Catherby Shore, South-west Al Kharid, Karamja Dock and Draynor Village
Mackerel Mackerel 200 16 20 15 Big fishing net Big Net Yes Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild
Trout Salmon 300 20 50 15 Fly fishing rod and Feather Fly Fishing Rod No Lumby River, Ardougne River, Barbarian Village, Shilo Village, and Seers Village Lake
Cod Cod 360 23 45 18 Big fishing net Big Net Yes Catherby Shore and Fishing Guild
Pike Pike 400 25 60 20 Fishing rod and Fishing bait Fishing Rod No Lumby River, Ardougne River, Barbarian Village, Shilo Village and Seers Village Lake
Slimey eel Slimey eel 60-100 28 65 25 Fishing rod and Fishing bait Fishing Rod Yes Mort Myre Swamp and Lumbridge Swamp cave/dungeon
Salmon Trout 500 30 70 25 Fly fishing rod and Feather Fly Fishing Rod No Lumbridge River, Ardougne River, Barbarian Village, Shilo Village and Seers Village Lake
Frog spawn Frog spawn 30-60 33 75 N/A Small fishing net Fishing Net Yes Lumbridge Swamp cave/dungeon
Tuna Tuna 600 35 80 30 Harpoon Harpoon No Karamja Dock, Brimhaven, Fishing Guild and Catherby Shore
Cave eel Cave eel 720-760 38 80 38 Fishing rod and Fishing bait Fishing Rod Yes Lumbridge Swamp cave/dungeon
Rainbow Fish Rainbow Fish 700 38 80 35 Fly fishing rod and Stripy feather Fishing Rod Yes Lumby River, Ardougne River, Barbarian Village, Shilo Village and Seers Village Lake
Lobster Lobster 800 40 90 40 Lobster pot Lobster Pot No Karamja Dock, Brimhaven, Fishing Guild, Catherby Shore, and Wilderness (level 36/37
Bass Bass 860 46 100 43 Big fishing net Big Net Yes Fishing Guild and Catherby Shore
Swordfish Swordfish 900 50 100 45 Harpoon Harpoon No Karamja Dock, Brimhaven, Fishing Guild and Catherby Shore
Lava Eel Lava Eel 1060 53 60 53 Oily fishing rod
(Must have started Heroes' Quest
Oily Fishing Rod Yes Taverly Dungeon and Lava Maze in Wilderness
Karambwan Karambwan 600 65 105 60 Karambwan vessel and Raw karambwanji Karambwan vessel Yes Karamja, well north of crashed glider
Monkfish Monkfish 1240 62 120 62 Small fishing net Fishing Net Yes Piscatoris Fishing Colony
Shark Shark 1600 76 110 80 Harpoon Harpoon Yes Fishing Guild, Catherby Shore, and near the mobilizing armies fort
Sea Turtle Sea Turtle 1640 79 38 85 Fishing Trawler minigame N/A Yes Port Khazard
Manta Ray Manta Ray 1820 81 46 91 Fishing Trawler minigame N/A Yes Port Khazard
Cavefish Cavefish 1600 85 300 88 Fishing rod and Fishing bait Fishing Rod Yes Living Rock Caverns
Rocktail Rocktail 1860 90 380 93 Fishing rod and Living mineral Bait Fishing Rod Yes Living Rock Caverns
Tiger Shark Tiger Shark 1900 95 80 95 Fishing Trawler minigame N/A Yes Port Khazard

*Fish will only heal the maximum amount when your Constitution level is equal to or higher than the Cooking level required to cook the fish. If your Constitution is lower, then it will heal significantly less than the values in the table above.

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Dungeoneering Fishing

While training the Dungeoneering skill, you will occasionally come across fishing spots where you can fly-fish for food. All fish require feathers and a fly-fishing rod to catch. You will only be able to catch fish in dungeons with a Complexity level of 2 or above. Below is a table showing the different types of fish and the level required to catch them. Refer to our Cooking guide for more information on how much they heal.

Fish Name Image Level to Catch/Cook Experience Member's only
Heim crab Heim crab 1 9 No
Red-eye Red-eye 10 27 No
Dusk eel Dusk eel 20 45 No
Giant flatfish Giant flatfish 30 63 No
Short-finned eel Short-finned eel 40 81 No
Web snipper Web snipper 50 99 Yes
Bouldabass Bouldabass 60 117 Yes
Salve eel Salve eel 70 135 Yes
Blue crab Blue crab 80 153 Yes
Cave moray Cave moray 90 171 Yes

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Fishing Gloves:

These gloves are obtained from Reggie for 200 Fist of guthix tokens at the Fist of Guthix mini-game.

Item Name Image Level Needed Effect Crumbles after
Swordfish gloves Swordfish gloves 65 Fishing 100 extra XP per Swordfish caught 1000 Swordfish caught
Shark gloves Swordfish gloves 90 Fishing 100 extra XP per Shark caught 1000 Shark caught

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Barbarian Training:

When you have reached 48 Fishing and 35 Strength you can start the Barbarian training. After completing Barbarian training you can will be able to catch several types of fish with your hands instead of a Harpoon.

Fish Image Fishing Level
Required
Strength Level
Required
Fishing XP Strength XP
Tuna Tuna 55 35 80 8
Swordfish Swordfish 70 50 100 10
Shark Shark 96 76 110 11

You can also use a Heavy rod to fish for 3 types of fish. You have to use bait to catch these fish. It can be Fishing bait, Feathers, Fish parts, Roe, or Caviar.

Fish Image Fishing Level
Required
Strength/Agility Levels
Required
Fishing XP Strength/Agility XP
Leaping trout Leaping trout 48 15 50 5
Leaping salmon Leaping salmon 58 30 70 6
Leaping sturgeon Leaping sturgeon 70 45 80 7

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Fishing Guild:

Fishing Guild

You need 68 Fishing to enter, 65 with Fishing potion, 63 with Admiral pie. For more information, check out our Fishing guild guide.

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Fishing Shops:

Fishing shops are located in Catherby, Lumbridge, Port Sarim, and Shilo Village (only accessible after completing the Shilo Village quest). They sell fishing equipment and various types of fish. The Rellekka Fishmonger functions the same (only accessible after completing the Fremennik Trials quest). Fish stalls are located in Rellekka, Miscellania, and Etceteria (all accessible only after doing Fremennik Trials quest).

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Fishing Trawler Mini-game:

Trawler fishing is a fishing styled mini-game, which can be fun either solo or with team mates. It can be found in Port Khazard, north of Yanille and south of Ardougne.
To find more about this game and how to play, please refer to our Fishing Trawler guide.

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Fish Flingers:

Fish Flingers is a Distraction and Diversion that allows you to compete against other players to see who can catch the most, single heaviest and combined heaviest fish and awards experience, reward tokens and medals depending how how well you did and your Fishing level. For more information, see our Fish Flingers guide.

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Fishing outfit:

The Fishing outfit is a reward from the Fish Flingers Distraction and Diversion. When worn, each piece will give you an additional amount of experience while Fishing. The complete set will yield you a 5% experience bonus per fish caught.

Name Image XP Bonus
Fishing hat Fishing hat 1%
Fishing jacket Fishing jacket 1%
Fishing waders Fishing waders 1%
Fishing boots Fishing boots 1%
Complete set 5%

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Temporary level boosts and Quest rewards

For more information on how to boost your level, see the Temporary Stat Leveling Techniques special report.

For XP rewards from quests, see the Quest Experience Guide special report.

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Training Methods (Free-to-play):

Level 1-10:

The easiest and fastest way to get started is by catching Crayfish. Players can catch crayfish using a Crayfish cage, which can be obtained from the Lumbridge or Port Sarim fishing shop. Successfully catching a crayfish rewards 10 Fishing experience. This is good experience for free players, and is helpful because crayfish are caught very fast, much faster than shrimp and other low-level fish.

Crayfish are exclusively caught in the section of the River Lum found east of the church in Lumbridge, or in Taverley, a bit south-east of the farming patch, where the Taverley River extends.

To improve your experience rates, it's suggested to drop your fishes using ability bar (available in Evolution of Combat mode). Drag a raw Crayfish into your ability bar and rapidly press the key allotted to the slot where you placed the fish. The best thing is before your inventory gets full, you should start dropping as you will continue to fish without interruption.

It is not advised to bank crayfishes but if you want, run to the top of the Lumbridge castle or use the bank chest at the Evolution of Combat training grounds.

Level 10-15:

From now onwards, you're supposed to catch Herring. Players can catch Herring using a normal Fishing rod and Fishing bait at any net/bait fishing spot in Gielinor. Succesfully catching a Herring gives 30 Fishing experience. Bait must be in a players inventory, with one being used for every fish caught. The best place to fish Herring, after the Stolen Hearts quest update, is west of the Al Kharid bank (The spots were moved when the update was put in, and have now become safe from the scorpion that used to roam near the previous fishing spots). This is because the bank is close to the fishing spot and a cooking range is a little north of the bank if you want to train cooking.

Level 15-20:

At Level 15, it is suggested to catch Anchovies. Players can catch anchovies with a small net, and gain 40 experience in doing so. You can stay at the Fishing spot west of Al-Kharid Bank if you wish.

Level 20-30:

From here, players can catch Trout, which can be lured using Feathers and a Fly fishing rod at Gunnarsgrunn (known as Barbarian Village to players that have not completed the Gunnar's Ground quest) or Lumbridge, yielding 50 experience per catch. It is suggested to drop them via your ability bar to improve experience rates.

You need to catch 178 Trouts to reach from 20 Fishing to 30 Fishing.

Level 30-45:

Fish Salmon, along with Trout, at Gunnarsgrunn or the Lumbridge River. These both are caught during Fly-fishing. Training at Gunnarsgrunn spot yields hourly experience of ~40K if you drop the fish using your ability bar. If players wish to bank the fish, they're advised to catch them at the Lumbridge spot which is very close the bank chest in Combat Academy.

Level 45-60:

Players should now catch Tuna, which can be caught using a Harpoon at the Musa Point spot in Karamja, yielding 80 experience per catch.

Level 60-99:

At this stage, players should catch Lobsters all the way to 99. Players can catch Lobsters using a Lobster pot at the Musa Point spot in Karamja, yielding giving 90 experience per catch.

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Training Methods (Pay-to-play):

Level 1-10:

Players should catch crayfish using a Crayfish cage. Successfully catching a crayfish rewards 10 Fishing experience. The best spot to fish Crayfish is behind the Lumbridge church on the River Lum.

Level 10-20:

At level 10, players should hop over to the fishing spot in Draynor Village where they can catch Herring, using a using a normal Fishing rod and Fishing bait. Succesfully catching a Herring gives 30 Fishing experience.

Level 20-30:

At this stage, players should start with Fly-fishing. It is suggested to hop over to the fishing spot near Rasolo, south of the Baxtorian Falls, where players can catch Trout. To do so, players will need some Feathers and a Fly fishing rod. It will take 178 trout to achieve level 30 from level 20, so you will need 178 feathers.

Level 30-70:

From now onwards, it's suggested to Fly-fish for Salmon and Trout at Shilo Village. The completion of the Shilo Village quest is required in order to use this location. It is estimated to yield approximately about 35,000 experience per hour if you drop the fish using your ability bar. To yield more experience, it's suggested to equip Full fishing outfit (provides 5% experience boost), have a Clan avatar summoned, and using Decorated fishing urns.

Level 70-90 (or 99):

At this stage players are suggested to move over to Barbarian Fishing, which is the second best possible way to gain Fishing experience in-game. It is possible to yield over 80,000 experience hour with this method.

If you're not sure how to begin with this method, please read our Barbarian Training guide.

Level 90-99:

At this level players are able to yield the best possible Fishing experience in-game by catching blue crabs and cave morays in complexity 2 dungeons. Players are likely to yield over 90,000 experience per hour if they're soloing the dungeon, and about 120,000 experience if they're accompanied with a friend or partner who leads the way. And, since the fish caught are stackable, therefore you don't require to drop them.

This method requires a lot of concentration to maintain the accuracy of your hourly experience rates, therefore it's suggested not to multitask at the same time. If you're willing to multitask while training, you'd be better off with the Barbarian Fishing method.

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Cape of Achievement

Once you have reached Fishing level 99 you may want to buy yourself a Fishing cape from Master Fisher, right outside the Fishing guild for 99k.

Fishing cape

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