When you first start fishing, the only thing you can catch is shrimp. These small creatures can be found in many parts of the sea in RuneScape. One of the best places if you want cooking experience as well, is on the seashore near Draynor Village. Just a little Southwest of the bank there's a fishing spot where you can catch shrimp, and there are lots of trees around to get wood for your cooking fire. To catch shrimp, you'll need a "Small Fishing Net", that can be bought in the Port Sarim fishing shop for 5 gold pieces. You can also catch anchovies with the net, but you will need level 15 before you can catch anchovies.
Baiting at sea:
Once you catch enough shrimp and your fishing level reaches 5, you will be able to catch sardines. To catch sardines, you'll need a fishing rod and some bait. A fishing rod costs 5 gold pieces. Bait prices are based on how many the store has in stock. The shop will normally be stocked with 200 units of bait, and they cost 3 gold pieces each at that amount. You can also catch herring with bait and a fishing rod, but you will need level 10 fishing to catch them. You can catch both sardines and herring from the sea. To use your fishing rod and bait, first make sure you have both in your inventory. Then right-click on the fishing spot and select the second option, which is 'Bait'. You will use one bait each time you catch a fish.
Note: You can also get bait from killing zombies.
Next up is fly-fishing. You will need level 20 fishing to catch trout, and level 30 fishing to catch salmon. To go fly fishing, you will need a fly fishing rod and some feathers. Both can (like all other F2P fishing equipment) be bought in the fishing shop in Port Sarim. You can fly fish only in the RuneScape rivers. You cannot use your fly-fishing rod and feathers on fishing spots in the sea. To fly-fish, just right-click on the fishing spot and select "Lure". You will use one bait each time you catch a fish.
If you're fishing and cooking for experience, then Lumbridge is probably the best place to be. Just
fish, get some wood, start a fire, cook your fish then either drop or eat. If, however, you want to bank the fish instead
of eat/drop it, then Barbarian village is probably the best place for you. Fish, cook them in the barbarian house farthest
to the North (there's 2 ever-lasting fires), and go North into Edgeville and bank your fish. Many pk'ers like trout and salmon
because they heal 7-9 hp, and if they're only 5 hp down it's a waste eating a whole lobster or swordfish. ;)
Note: You can also get feathers from killing chickens.
Baiting in river:
You can also Fish with bait in the rivers of RuneScape, but you won't catch sardines or herring as these are sea fish. When you fish with a fishing rod and bait in a river, you'll catch pike. This fish heals 8, and you need level 25 to fish it. Again, get a fishing rod and some bait, and start fishing. Bait is the second option when you right click on the river fishing spots.
Next up is the big boys (well, fish actually). Get your Harpoon (Port Sarim fishing shop, costs 5 gold pieces) and head off to the beautiful island of Karamja (take the boat from port sarim). Go down to the fishing dock, located North of the banana field. The trip to Karamja will cost you 30 gold pieces by the way, and another 30 to get back. Here you'll be able to catch tuna with the harpoon. Simply click on the fishing spot where it says "harpoon". Tuna is good for training on low level monsters that won't hit you that hard, for example in the Karamja Volcano, where there are red spiders and skeletons to train on. There are also Lesser Demons, but you might need some better food for them.
You can also fish lobsters on Karamja. However, to do this, you will need a "Lobster Pot" to do this (don't ask me WHY they call it a pot...makes more sense to call it a cage. A pot is for cooking! Oh well...). The lobster pot will cost 20 gold pieces from the Port Sarim fishing shop. Lobsters are a great way of making money. Many people prefer lobsters for training food, because you only need level 40 to fish and cook them, and they heal 12 hp. Cage is the second option when you right click on the sea fishing spot.
Last but not least is the swordfish. You will need level 50 fishing to fish these. They heal 14 hp, and you catch them the same place you catch tuna. You will most likely (depending on your fishing level) get more tuna than swordfish when you fish for them. Like the tuna, you also need a harpoon to catch swordfish.
The fish here are the same as in the fishing guild, except that the lobsters are two clicks, whereas the ones in the fishing guild are one click. There's a fishing shop right next to the fishing spots where you can buy and sell both fishing equipment and fish. The shop owner has all you need to fish, except fly fishing rods and feathers.
At the fishing spots in Catherby you're able to fish with Big Net, Bait, Cage and Harpoon. You can catch the following things/fish: oysters, caskets, seaweed, mackerel, cod, tuna, lobsters, bass and shark.
Nearest bank: Catherby
You'll have to have done the Sea Slug quest to come here. It's not that great of a fishing spot. You're able to net, bait, harpoon and cage fish. Check out our Sea Slug Quest Guide for more information on the quest.
You're able to catch shrimp, anchovies, sardines, herring, tuna, lobsters and swordfish at the sea level of the platform.
Nearest bank: Legends Guild or Ardougne.
Here you'll find a few fishing spots, they're in the middle west of the stronghold, and you're be able to both lure and bait fish... There isn't much to say about this place, other than it was used a lot in RSC for power fishing, but in RS, it's rather deserted...
Nearest bank: Gnome stronghold (East of the fishing spots).
The fishing spots here yield pretty much the same thing as in Catherby, but you'll find the area a lot less crowded. However, there is no bank nearby and no fishing shop, but there are fishing stalls where you can sell what you catch.
At the fishing spots in Rellekka, you can use Big Net, Bait, Cage and Harpoon. You can catch the following things/fish: oysters, caskets, seaweed, mackerel, cod, tuna, lobsters, bass and Shark.
Nearest bank: Seers' Village
Like with so many other skills, fishing has random events as well. Random events related to fishing include the River Troll and the Big Fish, among others. For more information about these, check our Random Events Guide.
First off, you need to be level 68 fishing to enter the guild. You can, however, get in at level 65...just get yourself a fishing potion, and enter the guild. For more information about the fishing guild, visit our Fishing Guild Guide, and for more information about the fishing potion, check our Herblore Guide.
|Pic||Name||Fishing lvl||Fishing exp||Cooking lvl||Cooking exp||Healing||Tool / Bite||Where|
|Sardine||5||20||1||40||4||Fishing rod + Bait||Any Sea|
|Herring||10||30||5||50||5||Fishing rod + Bait||Any Sea|
|Mackerel||16||20||10||60||6||Big Net||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Oyster||16||10||-||-||-||Big Net||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Casket||16||10||-||-||-||Big Net||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Seaweed||16||1||-||-||-||Big Net||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Trout||20||50||15||70||7||Fly fishing rod + Feather||Any River|
|Cod||23||45||18||75||7||Big Net||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Pike||25||60||20||80||8||Fishing rod + Bait||Any River|
|Slimey Eel||28||65||28||95||6-10||Fishing rod + Bait||Mort Myre Swamp & Lumbridge Swamp Caves|
|Salmon||30||70||25||90||9||Fly fishing rod + Feather||Any River|
|Frog Spawn||33||75||n/a||n/a||3-6||Net||Lumbridge Swamp Caves|
|Tuna||35||80||30||100||10||Harpoon||Karamja, Fishing guild, Catherby, Rellekka|
|Cave Eel||36||80||28||115||7-11||Fishing rod + Bait||Lumbridge Swamp Caves|
|Lobster||40||90||40||120||12||Lobster cage||Karamja, Fishing guild, Catherby, Rellekka|
|Bass||46||100||43||130||13||Big Net||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Swordfish||50||100||45||140||14||Harpoon||Karamja, Fishing guild, Catherby, Rellekka|
|Lava Eel*||53||30||53||140||14||Oily Fishing rod + Bait||Members dungeon lava spot.|
|Shark||76||110||80||210||20||Harpoon||Catherby, Rellekka and Fishing Guild|
|Sea Turtle||79||105||82||212||21||Trawler||North of Yanille|
|Manta Ray||81||115||91||216||22||Trawler||North of Yanille|