Fishing

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This page is about the skill. For the enchantment, see Fishing (Enchantment).
Fishing UI

Fishing is a gathering skill that allows players to catch raw fish. These fish can then be cooked using the cooking skill.

General

Fishing was reworked and released in the v0.10.0 update, it received a massive overhaul and was the first gathering skill in Idlescape that used the node system.

Gathering with a node system increases the amount of gathering areas without increasing the amount of zones, the player starts fishing in a zone and

Nodes are found by the player while fishing and are dependent on the effective fishing level and bait power stats, higher numbers in those stats gives increased node find chance and decreased find speed.

The caught fish can be cooked with the cooking skill to offer hitpoint replenishment while fighting and various buffs for out of combat actions. There are a lot of different recipes that can be used for different benefits, more information can be found on the cooking page

Players have a small chance of obtaining either Sunken Treasures or Ancient Treasures. These can be opened for gold and sometimes gems.

Ancient treasures have a rare chance of dropping fishing gear such as Ancient Harpoon, Ancient Fishing Net and Ancient Fishing Rod which are used to craft Idlescape's first legendary item Ocean's Embrace

Sunken treasures have a rare chance of dropping Modified Diving Gloves or a Forgotten Soul.

Equipment

After the rework, equipment were changed drastically, meaning you no longer need a special type of gear to fish in an area, but rather having enough stats to actually being able to find nodes. Fishing level requirements for zones still exist and are on about the same level as before.

Equipment Level Slot Fishing Level Bait Power Reel Power Bonus Rarity
(+Augment Bonus)
Novice Tacklebox Novice Tacklebox N/A Tacklebox 1 3 (+0.5) 15 (+1) 5 (+1) 0 (+0.5)
Basic Tacklebox Basic Tacklebox 10 2 6 (+1) 20 (+1.5) 10 (+2) 3 (+1)
Advanced Tacklebox Advanced Tacklebox 30 3 9 (+1.5) 25 (+2.5) 15 (+3) 6 (+1.5)
Pro Tacklebox Pro Tacklebox 40 4 12 (+2) 30 (+3.5) 20 (+4) 10 (+2)
Supreme Tacklebox Supreme Tacklebox 50 5 15 (+2.5) 35 (+4.5) 25 (+5) 15 (+3.5)
Ocean's Embrace Ocean's Embrace 80 8 40 (+5) 100 (+7) 100 (+7.5) 60 (+6)
Fisherman's Bucket Hat Fisherman's Bucket Hat N/A Helm 3Bait Preservation 0 (+0.5) 0 (+0.5) 0 (+0.5) 0 (+0.5)
Fisherman's Smock Fisherman's Smock N/A Body 3Reinforced Line 0 (+1) 0 (+1) 0 (+1) 0 (+1)
Fisherman's Waders Fisherman's Waders N/A Legs 3Pungent Bait 0 (+1) 0 (+1) 0 (+1) 0 (+1)

Bait

Bait can be used by moving it into the tacklebox. A tacklebox equipment does not need to be equipped.

Bait Source Fishing Level Bait Power Reel Power Bonus Rarity
Earthworm Bait Earthworm Bait Game Shop N/A N/A 5 5
Fat Nightcrawler Bait Fat Nightcrawler Bait Mining 1 15 10 5
Glowbug Bait Glowbug Bait Foraging 1 10 15 5
Shrimp Tail Bait Shrimp Tail Bait Crafting (Raw Shrimp) 1 20 5 5
Fish Guts Bait Fish Guts Bait Crafting (Various Fish) 2 25 5 10
Smelly Meat Bait Smelly Meat Bait Combat 2 10 20 10
Hardened Hook Bait Hardened Hook Bait Crafting (Adamantite Bar) 3 N/A 35 20
Alluring Lure Bait Alluring Lure Bait Crafting (Adamantite, Gold Bar) 3 30 N/A 20
Writhing Tentacle Bait Writhing Tentacle Bait Crafting (Writhing Tentacle Bait) 5 -30 -30 60
Mysterious Bait Mysterious Bait Bird's Nest, Mysterious Seed ? ? ? ?

Areas

Bonus Rarity must be above the minimum rarity for zones to appear and a further 10~25 rarity for rare resources to drop.

Nodes without a minimum rarity can appear at any rarity threshold.

It is possible to get both type of fishing chests Sunken Treasure Sunken TreasureAncient Treasure Ancient Treasure from all zones.

Level Zone Recommended Gear Min. Rarity Node Possible Loot
1 Shallow Pond Novice Tacklebox N/A Drifting Around Raw AnchovySeaweedRotten Driftwood
Oop, All Shrimp! Raw Shrimp
Small Schools of Fish Raw AnchovyRaw Magnetic MinnowSeaweedRotten Driftwood
The Shallow Pond Raw ShrimpRaw AnchovyRaw Magnetic MinnowSeaweedRotten Driftwood
20 Lazy River Basic Tacklebox 25 ANGY Bois Raw TroutRaw SalmonRaw TigerfishSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarine
N/A Migrating Schools Raw TroutRaw SalmonRaw TigerfishSeaweedRaw Magnetic MinnowRotten DriftwoodSturdy Driftwood
The Lazy River Raw TroutRaw SalmonRaw TigerfishSeaweedRaw Magnetic MinnowRotten DriftwoodSturdy Driftwood
50 Still Lake Advanced Tacklebox,
Fisherman's hat or smock or waders
30 Big Catch! Raw LobsterRaw Ancient LobsterRaw CrabRaw Slippery EelRaw TigerfishAquamarine
N/A Cage Match Raw LobsterRaw Ancient LobsterRaw Crab
The Still Lake Raw LobsterRaw CrabRaw Slippery EelRaw TigerfishRaw Magnetic MinnowSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy Driftwood
75 Yedyod’s Cave Raw Ancient LobsterRaw CrabRaw Slippery EelRaw TigerfishSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarine
65 Open Ocean Pro Tacklebox/Supreme Tacklebox,
Fisherman's hat, smock and waders
50 Almost Jurassic Raw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw Huge TunaRaw MegalodonRaw Tentacle MeatAquamarine
N/A Carefree Day Raw TunaRaw Huge TunaSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarineMystical Driftwood
75 Ghost Ship Raw SharkRaw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw MegalodonSturdy DriftwoodAquamarineMystical Driftwood
100 Is that a tentacle? Raw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw MegalodonRaw Tentacle MeatAquamarineMystical Driftwood
50 Playtester’s Paradise Raw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw MegalodonAquamarineMystical Driftwood
N/A Sharks Ate All The Tuna Raw TunaRaw SharkRaw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw MegalodonSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy Driftwood
25 Shipwreck Bay Raw SharkSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarineMystical Driftwood
N/A The Open Ocean Raw TunaRaw SharkRaw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw Huge TunaRaw MegalodonSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarine
85 Stormy Seas Supreme Tacklebox/Ocean's Embrace,
Fisherman's hat, smock and waders
75 Endless Vortex Raw MegalodonRaw Tentacle MeatAquamarineMystical Driftwood
N/A Eye of the Storm Raw TunaRaw SharkRaw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw Huge TunaRaw MegalodonSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarine
100 INFO’s Stand Raw Tentacle MeatAquamarineMystical Driftwood
N/A The Stormy Seas Raw TunaRaw SharkRaw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw Huge TunaRaw MegalodonSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarineMystical Driftwood
50 World’s End Raw TunaRaw SharkRaw Hammerhead SharkRaw Great White SharkRaw Huge TunaRaw MegalodonSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodAquamarineMystical Driftwood
Rare Encounter Ascended Ascended Shrimp Tail BaitFish Guts BaitSmelly Meat BaitMysterious SeedSunken TreasureAncient TreasureStormy Sea Scroll
Common Encounter Swordfish Swordfish Fish Guts BaitSmelly Meat BaitMysterious SeedRaw TigerfishSeaweedRotten DriftwoodSturdy DriftwoodMystical DriftwoodSatchelStormy Sea Scroll

The Stormy Seas is a dangerous location. While fishing there, a Swordfish or Ascended will occasionally spawn and attack the player. This fight cannot be escaped from, and losing will lock the player out of the location for 15 minutes.

Fishing Stats

There are various stats that can gained through levels and equipment that affect fishing.

Effective Fishing Level

Effective fishing level is the combination of the players fishing and mastery level and the fishing stats on equipment. It affects various secondary stats:

  • Chance of finding and gathering from a node
  • Rarity of resources
  • Quantity of resources in a node
  • Chance to preserve bait

Bait Preservation

Bait preservation comes from both effective fishing level and the enchantment of the same name which comes enchanted by default on the Fisherman's Bucket Hat. It determines the chance that a bait is used on an action and is capped at 50%.

Bait preservation is reduced by Deadliest Catch but cannot go lower than 0%.

Bait Power

Increases the chance and speed of finding nodes. Chance is capped at 100% and speed is capped at 1 second.

Reel Power

Increases the chance and speed of gathering resources. Chance is capped at 100% and speed is capped at 1 second. At higher levels, due to larger nodes, reel power is more effective than bait power in increasing overall fishing speed.

Bonus Rarity

Some nodes require a certain bonus rarity to start appearing. Rare resources require a rarity higher than the node. Nodes and resources have a cap where bonus rarity above will not provide additional drop frequency.

Bonus Rarity must be above the minimum rarity for resources to appear. Resources not listed here require no bonus rarity to collect.

Zone Resource Min. Rarity
Shallow Pond Raw Magnetic Minnow Raw Magnetic Minnow 1
Lazy River Rotten Driftwood Rotten Driftwood 5
Raw Tigerfish Raw Tigerfish 15
Sturdy Driftwood Sturdy Driftwood 25
Aquamarine Aquamarine 50
Still Lake Rotten Driftwood Rotten Driftwood 10
Sturdy Driftwood Sturdy Driftwood 10
Raw Tigerfish Raw Tigerfish 25
Raw Slippery Eel Raw Slippery Eel 25
Raw Ancient Lobster Raw Ancient Lobster 25
Aquamarine Aquamarine 50
Open Ocean Mystical Driftwood Mystical Driftwood 15
Raw Huge Tuna Raw Huge Tuna 25
Raw Megalodon Raw Megalodon 25
Aquamarine Aquamarine 30
Raw Tentacle Meat Raw Tentacle Meat 100
Stormy Seas Raw Great White Shark Raw Great White Shark 10
Raw Megalodon Raw Megalodon 25
Aquamarine Aquamarine 30
Mystical Driftwood Mystical Driftwood 35
Raw Tentacle Meat Raw Tentacle Meat 75

Enchantments

List of useful Enchantments.

Scrollcrafting Scroll Slot Level Silver Amount Rune Amount Runes Effect per scroll
Scroll of Naturalist Scroll of Naturalist Gloves, Boots 49 600 60 Air, Water, Nature, Cosmic Increase your chance to gain chests while gathering by 20%.
Scroll of Fishing Scroll of Fishing Gloves, Boots 55 700 60 Earth, Water, Mind Increase fish catch chance by 2.5%.
Scroll of Prolonging Scroll of Prolonging Gloves, Boots 58 700 60 Nature, Mind Gain 10% more buff stacks from consumables.
Scroll of Enlightenment Scroll of Enlightenment Gloves, Boots 73 900 70 Air, Water, Chaos, Mind Gain 1 more essence per action where essence is acquired.
Scroll of Gathering Scroll of Gathering Ring, Necklace 64 800 70 Earth, Fire, Water,
Mind, Cosmic
Gain a 10% chance to find an extra resource.
Scroll of Wealth Scroll of Wealth Ring, Necklace 37 500 50 Nature, Mind,
Cosmic
Automatically sell resources for 20% more gold than their normal value.
Scroll of the Scholar Scroll of the Scholar Ring, Necklace 88 1000 90 Chaos, Mind, Cosmic Gain 20% more experience, buy NO items. This does not
apply to combat, farming, or crafting.
Scroll of Haste Scroll of Haste Ring, Necklace 94 1100 100 Air, Chaos, Mind,
Cosmic
Increases non-combat action speed by 4%.
Scroll of Pungent Bait Scroll of Pungent Bait Tacklebox 14 200 30 Nature, Water Increase bait power by 3.
Scroll of Reinforced Line Scroll of Reinforced Line Tacklebox 23 300 40 Water, Earth Increase reel power by 3.
Scroll of Fishing Magnetism Scroll of Fishing Magnetism Tacklebox 33 400 40 Cosmic, Water, Earth Increase bonus rarity by 2 and decreases bait and reel power by the same amount. Increases chance to find known rare nodes.
Scroll of Bait Preservation Scroll of Bait Preservation Tacklebox 47 600 60 Chaos, Water, Earth Increases chance to preserve bait by 4%.
Scroll of Oil Spill Scroll of Oil Spill Tacklebox 69 800 70 Death, Water, Earth Adds a 5% chance to try and extract fish oil from a fish based on the fish's size. There is a chance that fish oil may not be created if the fish is too small.
Scroll of Deadliest Catch Scroll of Deadliest Catch Tacklebox 71 900 70 Blood, Water, Earth Increases bonuses from bait by 5% but decreases chance of bait preservation by 5%. Increases chance to find known rare resources.

Change Log

Date History
12 September 2019 The fishing skill was released
11 November 2021 Major rework, node system, new gear, etc