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Stardew Valley Fishing Guide: How to Catch Every Fish, Catchable Item, and Legendary Fish

A deep dive into the world of fishing that covers how to fish in Stardew Valley, catch conditions for every Stardew Valley fish, and other helpful tips like how to put bait on fishing rods

With a soothing storyline and a slew of activities to enjoy, Stardew Valley can be a haven for gamers who crave a low stress gaming experience. For others, especially those who want to obsessively collect every item in the game, Stardew Valley fishing can be a source of endless frustration. With a total of 72 fishes and catchable items, it can be daunting to complete the collection and earn the Master Angler achievement. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. This guide will cover the locations, weather conditions, time, and equipment needed to successfully catch every fish in Stardew Valley, from albacore to woodskip.

How to Fish in Stardew Valley

Before we dive in and learn how to fish in Stardew Valley, we need to obtain a fishing rod. On the second day of any new game, Willy will ask you to visit the beach before 5:00 pm. After a cutscene, you will receive a bamboo pole from Willy. You can purchase the fiberglass rod after reaching fishing level 2 and the iridium rod at fishing level 6. There is also the training rod, which can make fishing easier but you’ll only be able to catch common fish.

Stardew Valley implements a fishing minigame that can be difficult to grasp at first. After casting your fishing rod in a body of water and getting a bite, the minigame will appear. To catch the fish, you will need to click your left mouse button (or the Use Tool button on consoles) to keep the green bar over the fish icon long enough to fill your progress bar. Holding the mouse button will raise the bar, while letting go of the button will lower the bar. Since the fish icon is somewhat unpredictable and the green bar can be tough to control, many players struggle with fishing. 

It may be helpful to rapidly tap and release the left mouse button instead of holding, as you’ll be able to control the upward motion in minor increments. Additionally, the size of the green bar will increase as you level up. At level 6, the iridium rod will allow you to use different bobbers which can make the fishing minigame easier. Finally, there’s no shame in using mods to make catching fish easier. 

How to Catch Every Fish in Stardew Valley

Now that you know how to fish in Stardew Valley, here’s how to catch every fish in the game. Stardew Valley fish have specific locations (see map below), time, seasons, weather conditions, and equipment requirements in order to be caught. Every fish and their respective catch condition can be found in the tables below.

Name Location Time Season Weather Equipment
Albacore Ocean 6am – 11am, 6pm-2am Fall, Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Anchovy Ocean Anytime Spring, Fall Any Any Fishing Pole
Blobfish Night Market 5pm – 2am Winter 15-17 Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Blue Discus Ginger Island Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Bream River (Town & Forest) 6pm – 2am All Seasons Any Any Fishing Pole
Bullhead Mountain Lake Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Pole
Carp Mountain Lake, Secret Woods Pond, The Sewers Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Pole
Catfish River (Town & Forest), Secret Woods Pond, Witch’s Swamp 6am – 12am Spring, Fall, (Spring, Summer in Secret Woods Pond) Rain Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Chub River (Forest), Mountain Lake Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Cockle Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Crab Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Crayfish Freshwater Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Dorado River (Forest) Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Eel Ocean 4pm – 2am Spring, Fall Rain Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Flounder Ocean, Ginger Island (Ocean) 6am – 8pm Spring, Summer, (All Seasons on Ginger Island) Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Ghostfish Mines (20F, 60F), item drop from Ghost Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Green Algae Freshwater, item drop from Green Slime Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Pole
Halibut Ocean 6am – 11am, 7pm – 2am Spring, Summer, Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Herring Ocean Anytime Spring, Winter Any Any Fishing Pole
Ice Pip Mines (60F) Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Largemouth Bass Mountain Lake 6am – 7pm All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Lava Eel Mines (100F), Ginger Island (Volcano Caldera) Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Lingcod River (Town & Forest), Mountain Lake Anytime Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Lionfish Ginger Island Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Lobster Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Midnight Carp Mountain Lake, Forest Pond, Ginger Island 10pm – 2am Fall, Winter, (All Seasons on Ginger Island) Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Midnight Squid Night Market 5pm – 2am Winter 15-17 Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Mussel Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Octopus Ocean 6am – 1pm Summer Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Oyster Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Perch River (Town & Forest), Forest Pond, Mountain Lake Anytime Winter Any Any Fishing Pole
Periwinkle Freshwater Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Pike River (Town & Forest), Forest Pond Anytime Summer, Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Pufferfish Ocean, Ginger Island (Ocean) 12pm – 4pm Summer, (All Seasons on Ginger Island) Sunny Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Rainbow Trout River (Town & Forest), Mountain Lake 6am – 7pm Summer Sunny Any Fishing Pole
Red Mullet Ocean 6am – 7pm Summer, Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Red Snapper Ocean 6am – 7pm Summer, Fall, Winter (Rain Totem) Rain Any Fishing Pole
Salmon River (Town & Forest) 6am – 7pm Fall Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Sandfish The Desert 6am – 8pm All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Sardine Ocean 6am – 7pm Spring, Fall, Winter Any Any Fishing Pole
Scorpion Carp The Desert 6am – 8pm All Seasons  Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Sea Cucumber Ocean 6am – 7pm Fall, Winter Any Any Fishing Pole
Seaweed Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Pole
Shad River (Town & Forest) 9am – 2am Spring, Summer, Fall Rain Any Fishing Pole
Shrimp Ocean Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Slimejack The Sewers (Mutant Bug Lair) Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Smallmouth Bass River (Town), Forest Pond Anytime Spring, Fall Any Any Fishing Pole
Snail Freshwater Anytime All Seasons Any Crab Pot
Spook Fish Night Market 5pm – 2am Winter 15-17 Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Squid Ocean 6pm – 2am Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Stingray Ginger Island (Pirate Cove) Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Stonefish Mines (20F) Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Sturgeon Mountain Lake 6am – 7pm Summer, Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Sunfish River (Town & Forest) 6am – 7pm Spring, Summer Sunny, Windy Any Fishing Pole
Super Cucumber Ocean, Ginger Island (Ocean) 6pm – 2am Summer, Fall, (All Seasons on Ginger Island) Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Tiger Trout River (Town & Forest) 6am – 7pm Fall, Winter Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Tilapia Ocean, Ginger Island (Rivers) 6am – 2pm Summer, Fall, (All Seasons on Ginger Island) Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Tuna Ocean, Ginger Island (Ocean) 6am – 7pm Summer, Winter, (All Seasons on Ginger Island) Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Void Salmon Witch’s Swamp Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles
Walleye River (Town & Forest), Forest Pond, Mountain Lake 12pm – 2am Fall, Winter (Rain Totem) Rain Any Fishing Pole
White Algae Underground Locations, item drop from several monsters Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod
Woodskip Secret Woods Pond, Forest Farm Anytime All Seasons Any Bamboo, Fiberglass, and Iridium Poles

*Information retrieved from https://stardewvalleywiki.com/Fish*

How to catch legendary fish

To complete the fish collection and earn the Master Angler achievement, there are 5 legendary fish that need to be caught. These fish are rarer and harder to catch than the fish above. Additionally, they can only be found in specific locations and can only be caught once per save file. 

With the latest 1.5 update, Stardew Valley has added five more legendary fish, bringing the total to 73 catchable items. These fish can only be caught during Mr. Qi’s Extended Family Quest, but they are not required to earn the Master Angler achievement. These will be marked below with asterisks. 

Name Location Time Season Weather Equipment
Angler River (Town), above JojaMart on plank bridge Anytime Fall Any Any Fishing Rod, requires fishing level 3
Ms. Angler* River (Town), above JojaMart on plank bridge Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod, requires fishing level 3

Name Location Time Season Weather Equipment
Crimsonfish East Pier on Beach Anytime Summer Any Any Fishing Rod, require fishing level 5
Son of Crimsonfish* East Pier on Beach Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod, require fishing level 5

Name Location Time Season Weather Equipment
Glacierfish Southernmost tip of Arrowhead Island in Cindersap Forest Anytime Winter Any Any Fishing Rod, requires fishing level 6
Glacierfish Jr.* Southernmost tip of Arrowhead Island in Cindersap Forest Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod, requires fishing level 6

Name Location Time Season Weather Equipment
Legend Mountain Lake, near underwater log Anytime Spring Rain Any Fishing Rod, requires fishing level 10
Legend II* Mountain Lake, near underwater log Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod, requires fishing level 10

Name Location Time Season Weather Equipment
Mutant Carp The Sewers Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod
Radioactive Carp* The Sewers Anytime All Seasons Any Any Fishing Rod

*Information retrieved from https://stardewvalleywiki.com/Fish*

Other Helpful Fishing Tips

Now that we’ve gone over where and how to catch every fish in Stardew Valley, we can discuss some helpful tips to complete your collection. From constructing Stardew Valley fishing ponds to learning how to put bait on your fishing rod, we’ve got you covered.

How to Put Bait on Fishing Rods in Stardew Valley

Once you upgrade to the Fiberglass rod, you will have the option to use bait. Bait can be crafted with Bug Meat or bought at Willy’s Fish Shop. To equip the bait on your rod, open your inventory and pick up your bait using the left click. Then hover over your fishing rod and right click to equip the bait. Additionally, you can put bait in crab pots by right clicking the pot once it’s placed in the water. 

There are four types of bait. Regular bait will shorten the time it takes for a fish to bite. The magnet will increase your chances to fish up some treasure. Like regular bait, wild bait will shorten the time it takes for a fish to bite. And lastly, magic bait can be used to catch fish from any season, time, and location, from the water you casted in. 

Tackles

Once you have purchased the iridium rod, you will be able to use both bait and tackles. There are few different tackle options, starting with the Spinner and the Dressed Spinner, which both increase the bite rate of fish. The Trap Bobber lengthens the time it takes for a fish to escape. The Cork Bobber increases the size of your fishing bar and the Lead Bobber prevents the green bar from bouncing at the bottom. The Treasure Hunter bobber increases your chances to find treasure. The Barbed Hook makes it easier to catch fish by having the green bar follow the fish. Finally, the Curiosity Bobber increases your chances to catch a rare fish and the Quality Bobber increases the quality of caught fish. 

Stardew Valley Fish Ponds

Fish ponds can be built using Robin’s carpentry shop for the price of 5,000 gold, 200 stone, 5 seaweed, and 5 green algae. Once constructed, you can place a fish into the pond and it will begin reproducing. The fish produce various items depending on which fish are in the pond. Additionally, you can fish in the pond to remove the reproduced fish and sell them for a profit. 

Bubbles and Fishing Stat Buffs from Recipes

Occasionally, bubbles will appear in a body of water. If you cast your line into these bubbles, fish will bite much faster. These bubbles are rare and eventually dissipate, so it’s important to get the most out of it while it lasts.

Some recipes can temporarily increase your fishing level. With a higher fishing level, the green bar in the minigame will increase in size. Recipes for Dish O’ The Sea and Seafoam Pudding can be learned after reaching fishing level 3 and 9, respectively. Chowder, Escargot, Fish Stew, Lobster Bisque can be learned from Willy after reaching certain heart levels. Linus will share his Fish Taco recipe once you have 7 hearts with him. Finally, you can learn Maple Bar, Shrimp Cocktail, and Trout Soup from The Queen of Sauce on the television. 

And that’s that! Completing the fish collection is a tough task, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences in Stardew Valley. Additionally, you’ll receive the Master Angler achievement, which you can proudly boast to all your friends. Now, go out and channel your inner Ash Ketchum to catch them all!