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A player fly fishing in the River Lum with visible bubble.

For information on training this skill, see Fishing training.

Fishing is a skill in RuneScape Classic which involved catching fish from fishing spots around the game. Caught fish may be cooked using the Cooking skill to create food which can be used to restore hits. A higher fishing level enables a player to catch a larger selection of fish, while also increasing their catch rate.

Starting out[edit | edit source]

Head to Gerrant's Fishy Business in Port Sarim or Harry's Fishing Shack in Catherby to buy some equipment. After you have a fishing item you need to find areas where you can fish. On the world map, areas with a red fish means it's a fishing spot. You can use the cooking skill to cook your fish or you could simply sell them to players raw or to the general store.

Map of fish locations for beginners, enlarge to see them.

Fishing Equipment[edit | edit source]

To fish in RuneScape Classic you will need a tool with which to fish. Fishing tools can be purchased at fishing shops found in Port Sarim and Catherby. Oily Fishing Rod is only obtainable during Hero's Quest.

Image Name Level Price
Net.png Net 1 5 coins
Fishing Rod.png Fishing rod 5 5 coins
Red vine worms.png Red vine worms 10 (+ rod) None
Big Net.png Big Net 16 20 coins
Fly Fishing Rod.png Fly fishing rod 20 5 coins
Harpoon.png Harpoon 35 5 coins
Lobster Pot.png Lobster pot 40 20 coins
Fishing Bait.png Fishing bait 5 (+ rod) 3 coins
Feather.png Feathers 20 (+ Fly fishing rod) 4 coins
Oily Fishing Rod.png Oily Fishing Rod 53 (+ Fishing bait) N/A

Fish[edit | edit source]

There are many different types of fish that can be caught throughout RuneScape Classic. When a player catches a fish, it will come in raw form which must be cooked before it can be used as food to restore Hits.

Image Fish Level Equipment used Experience Fatigue SU (%)
Raw Shrimp.png Shrimp 1 Small fishing net 10 160 (0.2133%)
Raw Sardine.png Sardine 5 Fishing rod + bait (sea) 20 320 (0.4266%)
Raw Herring.png Herring 10 Fishing rod + bait (sea) 30 480 (0.64%)
Raw giant carp.png Giant Carp 10 Fishing rod + Red vine worms (Hemenster) 0 0 (0%)
Raw Anchovies.png Anchovies 15 Small fishing net 40 640 (0.8533%)
Raw Mackerel.png Mackerel 16 Big fishing net 20 320 (0.4266%)
Raw Trout.png Trout 20 Fly fishing rod + feathers 50 800 (1.0667%)
Raw cod.png Cod 23 Big fishing net 45 720 (0.96%)
Raw Pike.png Pike 25 Fishing rod + bait (river) 60 960 (1.28%)
Raw Salmon.png Salmon 30 Fly fishing rod + feathers 70 1120 (1.4933%)
Raw Tuna.png Tuna 35 Harpoon 80 1280 (1.7066%)
Raw Lobster.png Lobster 40 Lobster Pot 90 1440 (1.92%)
Raw Bass.png Bass 46 Big fishing net 100 1600 (2.133%)
Raw Swordfish.png Swordfish 50 Harpoon 100 1600 (2.133%)
Raw lava eel.png Lava eel 53 Oily fishing rod 90 1440 (1.92%)
Raw Sea turtle.png Sea turtle 79 See: Fishing Trawler 95 1520 (2.0266%)
Raw Shark.png Shark 76 Harpoon 110 1760 (2.3466%)
Manta ray.png Manta ray 81 See: Fishing Trawler 115 1840 (2.4533%)
  • The sea turtle and manta ray can only be caught on the fishing trawler minigame.

Other items[edit | edit source]

While fishing with big nets you will occasionally catch things other than fish like the following:

Image Item Level Experience Fatigue SU (%)
Leather Gloves.png Gloves 16 1 16 (0.0213%)
Boots.png Boots 16 1 16 (0.0213%)
Seaweed.png Seaweed 16 1 16 (0.0213%)
Oyster.png Oyster 16 10 160 (0.2133%)
Casket.png Casket 16 10 160 (0.2133%)

Fishing locations[edit | edit source]

See: Fishing spot for more details on the types of fishing spots

Net / Bait[edit | edit source]

Lure / Bait[edit | edit source]

Harpoon / Cage[edit | edit source]

Big Net / Harpoon[edit | edit source]

Special[edit | edit source]

Boosts[edit | edit source]

Item Boost Visibility
Fishing Potion 3 levels Visible

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Fishing Contest
    • If Level < 24 -
    • If Level ≥ 24 -
  • Hero's Quest -
  • Sea Slug -

Bug/Glitch[edit | edit source]

  • When doing Big Net fishing and the player has a fishing level below 46 (to be able to catch Bass) messages for fail catches are not given. They begin to appear on level 46.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tks was the first to gain mastery in fishing.
  • Before a hidden update on 27 February 2002 players had to do fishing with right click.[1]

References[edit | edit source]