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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I learn to fish?
  • Where should I go to improve my fishing skill?
  • What do I need a higher fishing skill for?
  • What skill do I need to fish in...?
  • When is skill calculated: At cast or catch?
  • What does the message... mean?
  • How do I train beyond Journeyman? How can I increase my skilll above 150, 225 or 300?
  • How can I exceed the maximum 300 skill?
  • Can fishing poles be enchanted?
  • How do I unlearn fishing?
  • Where can I catch a... ?
  • Where is the best place to catch Stonescale Eels?
  • How can I catch Winter Squid?
  • Why can't I find a certain type of pool?
  • How can I track pools on the mini-map?

How do I learn to fish?

Find a fishing trainer (go to a capital city and ask a guard), and learn the Apprentice Fishing skill. You will also need a Fishing Pole, which are sold by fishing suppliers. For more instructions, see Getting Started.

Where should I go to improve my fishing skill?

Your fishing skill will increase at the same rate each time you catch a fish. It does not matter where you fish, so long as you catch something. The most effective way to gain skill alone is therefore to fish where the fewest fish "get away". Initially fish in starting zones.

What do I need a higher fishing skill for?

Higher fishing skills allow you to fish in more "difficult" areas, which tend to have "better" fish. Higher skill reduces the proportion of your fish that "get away". Higher skill does not make you fish faster, reduce the proportion of casts that do not bite, or change the type of fish you catch.

What skill do I need to fish in...?

You must meet the base skill requirement of the area to cast a line. You need to exceed it by about 95 to completely stop fish "getting away". See the full list of zones to check which skill you need in each area.

Some parts of a zone may have higher fishing skill required than the zone in general.

When is skill calculated: At cast or catch?

Your fishing skill is calculated when you cast. This means that if your fishing lure expires while waiting for the bobber to splash, you do not need to re-apply it until after you reel in your catch.

When is the catch created: At cast or catch?

Your catch is created when you reel in (when you click the bobber). If you cast into a pool, and the pool is emptied (by another angler) before you reel in, your catch will be from open water, not the pool.

What does the message... mean?

  • Your skill is not high enough to fish here - Your current skill is below the base skill requirement of the area you are trying to fish in. Fish in a zone with a lower requirement, or try using lures to temporarily increase your skill.
  • No fish are hooked - You reeled in the line too early or too late. Wait for the bobber to splash, then reel it in straight away.
  • Your fish got away! - You reeled in at the right time, and while your skill is sufficient to fish here, it is not high enough to catch everything reliably.
  • The water is too shallow! - Your bubber hit a place where the water is not deep enough; fish somewhere else with deeper water.
  • No target... or Target not in range... - You are trying to attack with your pole, not cast a line. Cast by clicking the Fishing icon in your spellbook

How do I train beyond Journeyman? How can I increase my skilll above 150, 225 or 300?

  • Expert fishing (150) is taught by the book Expert Fishing - The Bass and You, from Old Man Heming in Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale.
  • Artisan fishing (225) is the reward for the quest "Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme", from Nat Pagle, on a small island in Dustwallow Marsh, just west of Theramore.

How can I exceed the maximum 300 skill?

By using a good fishing pole, attaching a fishing lure to your pole and equipping fishing gear, you increase the base skill of your fishing.

Can fishing poles be enchanted?

Fishing poles can only be enchanted by putting a "fishing line" on it.

How do I unlearn fishing?

Fishing is a secondary profession, like First Aid and Cooking. You cannot unlearn these, nor would you need to.

Where can I catch a... ?

Find your fish in the list of fish, it will show where it can be caught, and if it can be found in any pools. Some fish are also limited by season or time of day - this willl also be shown in the detailed list when you look at a fish.

Where is the best place to catch Stonescale Eels?

The best place to catch Stonescale Eels is the Bay of Storms area of Azshara, between 00:00 and 06:00.

How can I catch Winter Squid?

Winter Squid can only be caught between the autumn (fall) and spring equinoxes: Start of 23 September to the end of 19 March. The best catch rates are in the Bay of Storms area of Azshara, between 12:00 and 18:00.

Why can't I find a certain type of pool?

Not all pool types can be found in all zones. Have a look at the list of pools for detailed information where each pool is located.

How can I track pools on the mini-map?

You can only track fish on the minimap in The Burning Crusade, by obtaining the Weather-Beaten Journal.