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Main / Skills / Nature / Fishing


Fishing is the skill of catching fish. It affects the types of fish caught, their weight, and your overall success rate in catching fish.

You will need a fishing pole or rod, equipped with a fishing reel, fishing line, float and hook. You can also catch small fish using a fishing net.

A Tackle box can help keep your accessories organized.

In order to catch fish you must "click" the water once your event tab says "You feel something nibble on the line". You are then skillchecked and proceed to reel in the fish or miss the fish.

Fishing Reels There are four types of fishing reels, which are used for catching different types of fish:

   Light fishing reel   
   Medium fishing reel
   Deep water fishing reel
   Professional fishing reel

Fishing Reels are added to rods so that they can be used for fishing. A fishing reel holds up to 1 line (which in turn may contain other things), and may be placed in a rod. Fishing Reels will take damage from use, with rare fishing reels taking less damage.

Rare reels also make it easier to reel the fish in. 

Handles Different handles are used when making certain reels, they are:

   Handle -  same item as current in-game version.
   Leather wound handle -  same item as current in-game version
   Reinforced handle
   Padded handle

Fishing Line

   Basic fishing line - used on pole, may only contain a (wood or metal) hook
   Light fishing line - used on basic fishing reel, used to catch smaller fish
   Medium fishing line - used on fine fishing reel, used to catch medium fish
   Heavy fishing line - used on deep water fishing reel, used to catch large fish
   Braided fishing line - used on professional fishing reel, used to catch ‘special’ fish

Floats Floats can be added to lines which affects which fish are more likely to be caught. There are 4 types of float:

   Feathers - part of butchered loot from rooster, pheasant and hen.
   Twig - found on bush tiles.
   Small moss - taken from moss. Cut a piece of moss with a carving knife.
   Bark - found on overaged birch trees, with an awl equipped.

Floats will take damage over time when used, and will need replacing from time to time.

Hooks Hooks are added to lines to catch fish. There are 3 types of hook:

   Wooden fishing hook - same as current item, better for fly fishing
   Fine fishing hook - same as current item, better for deep water / sea fishing
   Bone fishing hook - made from goblin skulls

Hooks behave as a container, which may contain bait, and will take damage over time as they are used.

Wood type will affect how fast a fish turns up.



When used on a hook, baits increase the chance of catching a particular fish. There are 12 types of bait:

   Fly - You catch these using a pottery jar with a bit of honey in it, on animals that require grooming.
   Cheese piece - Cheese Broken into smaller pieces.
   Dough ball - a small ball of dough.
   Wurm - Found on dirt and mycelium tiles.
   Sardines - Caught using fishing nets in shallows.
   Roach - Caught in shallow waters.
   Perch - Caught in shallow waters.
   Minnow - Caught in caves.
   Bit of fish - Small fish chopped up.
   Grub - Found in shrivelled trees, prised out using an awl.
   Grain of wheat - from wheat!
   Corn kernel - from corn.

Each time a fish bites on a baited line, the bait will take damage (e.g. the fish eats a bit of it). Bait is not required to catch fish (i.e. you can catch fish without bait), but the chances are a lot lower. Different fish prefer different bait.

Standing on Land:

Embarked on Boat:

  • Activate the fishing pole or fishing rod
  • Right-click a fully submerged water tile within 3 tiles of the boat and select "Fish". Another option, with the fishing rod activated, is to simply right-click the boat itself and select "Fish".

Note - When fishing by boat, due to the forces of wind and current, it is often necessary for the captain to either moor the boat with an anchor or disembark and then re-embark as a passenger. This will secure the boat from further movement and then make fishing possible.

  • A fish keep net can be attached to a boat to help reduce decay on fish, also can be planted next to a player (in water) for same affect

General Attributes of Fish Types: All fish now have a set of attributes which determine where and when they are more likely to be caught:

   Preferred water type (lake, sea, etc)
   Minimum and maximum depth.
   Feeding height.
   Rod types.
   Time of day - some fish like to feed in the morning, afternoon, evening or even at night
   Baits - each fish has a favorite bait, some baits it likes, others it is less likely to eat, and some it will never touch.
   Outside or in caves - some fish are only found underground
   Rare fish can only be caught on special tiles (which are out at sea). 

Types of Fish Harvestable Through Fishing

Cave Fish

Shore Fish

Ocean Fish

Special tile fish

Sailfish have a high chance to snap your fishing line compared to other fish of the same size.

Note - Not all marine life in Wurm is catchable with a fishing rod. Marine life falling into this category must be killed in combat or die on its own somehow in order to be harvested from the sea.

Special Fishing Tiles

In certain locations, far out at sea, one can find what are known as "special fishing tiles". These tiles are special because of their relatively low number Wurm-wide as well as the special types of fish which can be found there.

  • Special fishing tiles will move with the seasons and provide different fish. This occurs at the beginning of a season change.
  • Non-special fish types may be caught on special tiles, but special fish can only be caught on special tiles, and a lesser chance if close to a center spot.
  • These areas can overlap, so its possible to find places where two special fish can be caught.
  • Aside from blind searching and perhaps some luck, a Lurker in the deep pendulum can be used to locate these special tiles.
  • Special fishing tiles can disappear if the terrain around them is modified.

Rarity in Fishing

Certain rarity bonuses have been discovered for both fish and fishing rods.


  • Rare rolls occur at the "Something Bites" event message:
    You have a moment of inspiration...
    Something bites.

(Upon receiving this message, one of three things will then happen: a rare fish is succesfully caught, the line snaps, or the fish simply gets away.)

  • At lower skill, you may lose these fish more often than at higher skill levels. These fish are also slightly heavier than a regular fish of the same quality level and species.
  • Rare fish can be used in meals, but they will not make the meal rare.
  • Butchering rare fish will not give rare fillets.
  • They may be sacrificed at an altar for a basic food/water bar refresh like all other rares.

Fine Fishing Rod

  • Takes slightly less damage.
  • Increases the average weight of fish caught.
  • Increases catching frequency.
  • Increases the chance at catching unique fish at special fishing spots.


  • Catching heavier fish comes with a higher chance of line breakage.
  • Some shore fish can also be caught out in ocean waters, usually at a higher quality than they would be found closer to shore.
  • Typically, lighter fish are much easier to catch at high quality, with q50+ roach and perch not being uncommon for even a beginning fisher.
  • You can get better fish in deeper water. This water depth is the same depth that first triggers the "Out to Sea" achievement.
  • Larger fish start giving less than 1 fillet per 0.3 kg, and cap at 50 fillets per fish. This max cap tends to occur at around the 15 kg mark, but is also thought to be possibly related to the butchering skill.
  • When catching white or blue sharks, they deal a small poison damage wound. If left to heal naturally, this has a very small chance to kill you on the healing tick.
  • Willow rods take less damage from catching heavy fish.
  • The fishing skill itself goes up as you fish (as the fishing action timer runs), not upon individual catches. Fishing will also provide the player with gains in the area of Soul/Soul depth.
  • Fishing is close to impossible in small pools (less than 4x4) of water.
  • It is possible to fish underground and inside of caves, but the available species of fish found here will be limited.
  • Fishing can be done while moving, so long as you do not move too far away (two tiles) from the tile you are currently working on.
  • The higher the quality of the fish, the more weight the fish will have. Each species has a weight-to-quality ratio. For example, a high quality roach will likely never outweigh any quality of catfish.


  • Fisherman/Fisherwoman at 50 skill
  • Angler at 70 skill
  • Kingfisher at 90 skill
  • Hooked on Fishing at 100 skill