Game: WoW Classic
Content Type: Gaming Guides
Fishing is the art of luring and catching various types of creatures from all over Azeroth. All you’ll need is a Fishing Pole and a body of water, and you’re ready to get started. Once you do, you’ll need to wait until your line starts to bounce up and down in the water to reel it in.
You can also buy lures, like Shiny Bauble and Aquadynamic Fish Attractor, from Fishing and Trade vendors to temporarily increase your ability. While they’re not necessary, they may come in handy during quests or events like the Stranglethorn Fishing Contest.
Most players choose to level Cooking and Fishing at the same time, so this guide will include most of the fish necessary to reach skill level 300 Artisan Cooking as well.
You should be able to train Apprentice Fishing in any major city, and you’ll be able to learn Journeyman from the same trainers, too.
To progress on to Artisan, all players will need to find Nat Pagle and take the quest Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme from him. This will require you to collect 4 different types of rare fish from across Azeroth. Their locations and tips are discussed more below.
Apprentice (1 – 75)
To learn Apprentice Fishing, find a Fishing Trainer in any major city, purchase a Fishing Pole, and you’re ready to go. Because bodies of water occur naturally while leveling, this tier has faction specific zones.
To power level though Apprentice, Alliance should stick in their starting areas: Elwynn Forest, Dun Morogh, and Teldrassil. Horde should do the same with Durotar, Mulgore, and Tirisfal Glades. After reaching skill level 55, all players should leave these zones to move on.
Alliance (1 – 55)
Horde (1 – 55)
Starting at skill level 50, you should train up to Journeyman. After you pass skill level 55, the areas you’ll be fishing in are the same until approximately skill level 100, meaning training early will save you time.
Alliance (55 – 75)
Horde (55 – 75)
Journeyman (75 – 150)
Congratulations! You’ve caught enough to advance from Apprentice to Journeyman. At this level of Fishing, in addition to the Mud Snappers and Smallfish you were catching before, you’ll also begin seeing Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish. Hold onto these to level Cooking as well.
After reaching about 85 or 90, you will need to level your skills in contested zones. These are:
Tou should stay in these until you reach at least skill level 125. At that point, you are able to learn Expert and must head to Booty Bay to find Expert Fishing – The Bass and You.
Expert (150 – 225)
Your angling is progressing nicely! After you’ve reached skill 125, you’ll be able to train up to
Expert Fishing by reading Expert Fishing – The Bass and You. To purchase this, all players will need to find Old Man Heming on the lower level of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale. He should also sell Strong Fishing Pole, so make sure to buy that as well.
For the first 10 or 15 levels of Expert, you can continue in the same places you finished Journeyman in:
If you’re a high enough level, or once you reach approximately skill level 160, you’ll need to move on to new zones. At this level, you’ll begin to catch Mithril Head Trout, which will be useful if you’re power leveling cooking as well. To complete Expert head to:
You can stay in these zones until 225, but starting at skill level 200 and level 35, you’ll be able to take Nat Pagle’s quest and become an Artisan. To find him, head along the coast southwest of Theramore Isle in Dustwallow Marsh.
Artisan (225 – 300)
Congratulations! You’ve reached the final tier of Fishing: Artisan. But, there’s still one more challenge left for you to conquer before you can reach skill level 300.
To learn Artisan, the first thing you’ll have to do is find Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh. He’s along the coastline to the southwest of Theramore Isle. When you speak with him, you’ll need to take the quest Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme, which require you to collect 4 rare fish from across Azeroth. These are the:
- Feralas Ahi — found in Feralas, southeast of Dire Maul
- Misty Reed Mahi Mahi — found in Swamp of Sorrows around the southeastern coast (The Misty Strand)
- Sar’theris Striker — found in Desolace, south of Shadowprey Village
- Savage Coast Blue Sailfin — found in Stranglethorn Vale, on the Savage Coast south of Grom’Gol Coast
To make the quest easier, it’s recommended that you use Bright Baubles or another lure to enhance your skill. This is also where buying the Strong Fishing Pole comes in handy. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t catch these fish on your first cast! It can take between 80 and 90 attempts to find them.
After you’ve caught them and returned them to Nat, he should teach you Artisan in return. From there, you can spend the next 10 or so levels in the same areas you ended Expert in.
When you reach 230 – 235, you’ll need to move on to the final set of zones to finish leveling. At this tier, you’ll catch Raw Whitescale Salmon, the final fish you’ll need to power level Cooking alongside fishing. You should be able to complete leveling in these zones:
And just like that you’ve finished! Congratulations! After traversing Azeroth for texts and trawling all types of lakes, rivers, and seas, you’ve capped your Fishing. Read on to find out about any fishing poles you may have missed, the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, and how to fish up sunken treasure!
The most essential tool of any fisherperson is their pole. Throughout Azeroth, there are several that you can get to enhance your skills. Some, however, are faction specific, and others can only be purchased or won. A couple of the best include:
- Big Iron Fishing Pole – This is the strongest faction neutral fish pole that can be easily farmed. It has a small (1-2%) chance of dropping from a Shellfish Trap along the soutweatern coast in Desolace. If you are able to secure a swimming or underwater breathing buff, you’ll be able to find this in no time.
- Nat Pagle’s Extreme Angler FC-5000 – Fortunately for the Horde, the Extreme Angler comes as the reward from a faction specific quest. Players will have to pick up Snapjaws, Mon! from Katoom the Angler in the Hinterlands. After killing enough of the turtles, you’ll receive the rod.
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
Once you have the right pole, you’ll be equipped to compete in The Stranglethorn Fishing Competition. Every Sunday from 2 – 4 PM (server time), the contest takes place in Booty Bay and along the coast of Stranglethorn Vale.
The objective of the competition is to fish up 40x Speckled Tastyfish and turn them into Riggle Bassbait. Doing so will let players finish the quest Master Angler and choose from two of the most powerful fishing items in the game:
If you don’t win the Extravaganza itself, however, don’t worry! There are still other quests players can turn in to Fishbot 5000 after finding other rare creatures.
- Keefer’s Angelfish can be exchanged for Lucky Fishing Hat (+5 Fishing) upon completion of Rare Fish: Keefer’s Angelfish.
- The Dezian Queenfish is traded for the High Test Eternium Fishing Line (+5 Fishing permanently applied to fishing pole, stacks with other buffs) by finishing Rare Fish: Dezian Queenfish.
- Nat Pagle’s Extreme Anglin’ Boots (+5 Fishing) can be earned by handing in Brownell’s Blue Striped Racer to complete Rare Fish: Brownell’s Blue Striped Racer
Fishing Up Items
Another benefit of fishing is the ability to dredge up sunken treasure. If you see a pool of wreckage around Azeroth, you’re able to cast your line inside and find sunken boxes from Iron Bound Trunk to Watertight Trunk.
While often, these trunks contain a few pieces of green gear or cloth, they can also contain highly profitable materials like pearls. Small Lustrous Pearl, Black Pearl, and Golden Pearl, some of the most valuable crafting materials, can all be found in these trunks. Watch out, however! Some of these trunks may be locked and could require a Rogue or Blacksmith to open up.