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This article is about non-members methods of training the Fishing skill. For members' methods of training Fishing, see Pay-to-play Fishing training.

IntroductionEdit

Fishing spot
Fishing rod detail

This guide describes the most effective free-to-play methods to train the Fishing skill. Fishing is a gathering skill which involves obtaining raw fish from fishing spots. Fishing requires a range of tools such as crayfish cages and fishing rods, most of which are already stored in a player's tool belt upon their account being created. Catching some kinds of fish also requires players to use various types of bait, one of which is used up each time that a fish is caught. Levelling up the Fishing skill increases the rate at which players catch fish and gain experience while fishing. As players level up, they also gain the ability to catch fish which award greater amounts of experience when they are caught.

Fishing bait detail

The experience rate estimates in this guide do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience. They also assume that players are not banking the raw fish that they catch. Banking fish decreases the amount of experience players can gain per hour and, as most raw fish are not very valuable, is usually not worth the time taken from Fishing training. Players using the Evolution of Combat mode can drop raw fish by adding the raw fish to their action bar and pressing the associated keybind to drop the fish. As opposed to dropping items directly from the inventory using their right-click drop option, dropping raw fish via the action bar does not interrupt fishing.

Useful equipmentEdit

Shark outfitsEdit

Fury shark head chathead
Fury shark outfit equipped

Parts of shark outfits could be won as a prize from Treasure Hunter between the 26 March and 30 March 2015. The shark outfit, burnt shark outfit and tiger shark outfit consist of head slot, body slot, leg slot, hand slot and feet slot items. When wearing a complete version of any of these three outfits, players gain the following bonuses:

  • Ability to toggle between receiving fish while fishing, or having fish be destroyed as they are caught (via a right-click option on the head slot item).
  • Chance of catching a fish is increased by 5%.

Players who won all pieces of the shark outfit, burnt shark outfit and tiger shark outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the fury shark outfit. This outfit gives superior benefits to those given by the other shark outfits. Players gain the following bonuses from a fury shark outfit:

  • Ability to toggle between receiving fish while fishing, or having fish be destroyed as they are caught (via a right-click option on the head slot item).
  • Chance of catching a fish is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other shark outfits).
  • 10% chance of catching two fish at once while fishing, giving double experience.
  • 60-70% chance of not using up bait when a fish is caught.

UrnsEdit

Decorated fishing urn detail

Urns can be used to gain additional Fishing experience while training. When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player catches fish. Only base experience gains counts towards filling the urn. Full urns can be teleported away to receive additional experience, equivalent to 20% of the Fishing experience gained while filling the urn. Only one urn is filled at a time, though players may own up to a total of 10 full urns. If a player owns 10 full fishing urns they must teleport at least 1 away before they can fill more urns. Urns are only tradable in their (nr), non-runed, forms. In order to use a fishing urn the player must add a water rune to it; this makes the urn untradeable.

Image Name Crafting level required to add rune GE price of non-runed urn Charges gained from Type of fish Experience required to fill Experience gained from teleporting
Cracked fishing urn Cracked fishing urn 2 498 Fish up to and including level 10 Raw shrimps
Raw crayfish
Raw minnow
Raw sardine
Raw herring
750 150
Fragile fishing urn Fragile fishing urn 15 449 Fish up to and including level 30 Raw shrimps
Raw crayfish
Raw minnow
Raw sardine
Raw herring
Raw anchovies
Raw trout
Raw pike
Raw salmon
1,750 350
Fishing urn Fishing urn 41 595 Fish up to and including level 50 Raw shrimps
Raw crayfish
Raw minnow
Raw sardine
Raw herring
Raw anchovies
Raw trout
Raw pike
Raw salmon
Raw tuna
Raw lobster
Raw bass
Raw swordfish
2,500 500

MethodsEdit

SummaryEdit

See here to calculate how many raw fish will be obtained during training.

Levels Method Experience per hour
1-20 Crayfish 11,500
20-99 Fly fishing 17,000-67,000

Levels 1-20: crayfishEdit

Raw crayfish detail

At level 1 Fishing players should begin catching raw crayfish. Fishing crayfish gives around 11,500 Fishing experience an hour between levels 1 and 20 Fishing. Assuming a player has no previous experience in the Fishing skill, they should be able to achieve these levels in around 23 minutes. Locations to catch crayfish include east of Lumbridge church and along the northern shore of the lake in Taverley, near Nicholas Angle. No bait is required when catching crayfish.

Levels 20-99: fly fishingEdit

Raw trout detail

At level 20 Fishing players should start training by fly fishing raw trout. At level 30 Fishing players gain the ability to catch raw salmon and will begin to catch a mixture of both trout and salmon while fly fishing. This gives between 17,000 and 67,000 Fishing experience per hour, with level 20-99 Fishing. Feathers, costing 15 each when bought from the Grand Exchange, are the required bait for fly fishing. Feathers can also be bought for 6 each from some shops. There are several locations where players can fly fish trout and salmon, including east of Gunnarsgrunn and at the River Lum in Lumbridge. To fly fish, players must use the “lure” option, as opposed to the “bait”, on fishing spots found in these locations. For players wishing to bank their fish, a bank chest can be found at the Combat Academy near to the Lumbridge fly fishing spot, though this is not recommended as it decreases the amount of Fishing experience that can be gained an hour.

Level Experience per hour (fly fishing)
20 17,000
25 19,000
30 30,000
35 34,000
40 36,000
45 39,000
50 42,000
55 46,000
60 50,000
65 55,000
70
75
80
85
90
95
99 67,000

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