Online:Fishing

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"After a hard week of farming, or a long night of being nagged by your wife, there is nothing better than going out for a bit of a fish."
A Guide to Fishing Tamriel
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Fishing is one of several activities available in Elder Scrolls Online. It requires bait and a fishing hole. Bait can be gathered from various creatures around the world, such as beetles, rats, and butterflies as well as obtained via fishing or gathering plants. Fishing holes are numerous and close to shore. They are characterized by sparkling water and leaping fish. Different fish can be caught in different locales. Fish in different water types respond to different types of bait, and using advanced bait, which can be caught from fishing holes, increases the chance of landing rare ones.[verification needed — Does the so-called advanced bait really make any difference?]

Once at a fishing hole, the next step is to choose the type of bait. Using the correct type of bait for that water type will yield more success and prevent the appearance of Used Bait. If you get one, it means you are using the incorrect bait type for that fishing hole. While fishing, you also have a chance to reel in a Wet Gunny Sack instead of a fish, which contains miscellaneous crafting materials such as trait materials, tempers, style materials, or enchanting runes. When a fish is on the line, the float will sink into the water and your character will pull on the fishing rod. Activating it in time will bring in a fish.

Every fishing hole has 15 catches, except ones in the Imperial City, which have 30. It is possible to come across fishing holes with less catches, because players can abandon a fishing hole before it is emptied, leaving the rest of the catches for later players. On rare occasions, a fishing hole can respawn shortly after having been emptied, or even sometimes while you are currently fishing out of it.[verification needed]

When you catch a common fish, you are able to fillet it if you use it from your inventory. Doing so gives you a guaranteed Fish provisioning ingredient, and also has a very small chance of yielding a Perfect Roe, one of the provisioning ingredients used to brew Psijic Ambrosia (as well as Orzorga's Smoked Bear Haunch).

Types of Water

There are four types of water sources that you can fish from. As detailed in A Guide to Fishing Tamriel, certain types of bait work better in certain types of water, and different common fish are caught depending on the water type.

Foul


Foul water fishing holes can be found in fetid, murky pools of water such as sewers, swamps and near decomposing corpses.

River


River fishing holes can be found in moving bodies of fresh flowing water that drain into a lake or the ocean.

Lake


Lake fishing holes can be found in still bodies of water with deep holes or overgrowth.

Ocean


Ocean fishing holes are almost anywhere on the coast. Coastal cities, such as Ebonheart and Skywatch, have docks with fishing holes.

Types of Bait

Bait Guide Fishing Guide
Bait Source Ideal use
ON-icon-lure-Bait.png Chub Fishing in Foul Water Ocean
ON-icon-lure-Crawlers.png Crawlers Looting small insects, fleshy undead and plants Foul
ON-icon-lure-Fish Roe.png Fish Roe Fishing in Rivers Foul
ON-icon-lure-Insect Parts.png Insect Parts Looting small flying insects River
ON-icon-lure-Guts.png Guts Looting small animals and fleshy undead Lake
ON-icon-lure-Minnow.png Minnow Fishing in the Ocean Lake
48px Shad Fishing in Lakes River
ON-icon-lure-Bait.png Simple Bait Bought from vendors. It is the least useful bait

as it is not optimal for any water type.

None
ON-icon-lure-Worms.png Worms Looting fleshy undead and plants Ocean
Water type Bait to use Bait caught Common fish caught
Foul ON-icon-lure-Crawlers.pngCrawlers

ON-icon-lure-Fish Roe.pngFish Roe

ON-icon-lure-Bait.pngChub ON-icon-fish-Slaughterfish.pngSlaughterfish

ON-icon-fish-Slaughterfish.pngTrodh

Lake ON-icon-lure-Guts.pngGuts

ON-icon-lure-Minnow.pngMinnow

48pxShad ON-icon-fish-Perch.pngSilverside Perch

ON-icon-fish-Perch.pngSpadetail

Ocean ON-icon-lure-Worms.pngWorms

ON-icon-lure-Bait.pngChub

ON-icon-lure-Minnow.pngMinnow ON-icon-fish-Merringar.pngDhufish

ON-icon-fish-Longfin.pngLongfin

River ON-icon-lure-Insect Parts.pngInsect Parts

48pxShad

ON-icon-lure-Fish Roe.pngFish Roe ON-icon-fish-Salmon.pngSalmon

ON-icon-fish-River Betty.pngRiver Betty

Rare Fish

Aldmeri Dominion

Khenarthi's Roost Foul Lake Ocean River
None None Pyandonean Ray None
Auridon Foul Lake Ocean River
None Ilyadifish

Barbel

Mudfish

Sturgeon

Blue Monkfish

Thrassian Eel

Eucla Cod

Mola

Shimmerpike

Blackspotted Pike

Bristlemouths

Muskie

Grahtwood Foul Lake Ocean River
Bilious Catfish

Snapper Eel

Swamp Eel

Stickleback

Dreughfish

Koi

Magrove Shark

Devil Ray

Mojarra

Greater Fangfin

Hog Sucker

Tiger Perch

Greenshade Foul Lake Ocean River
Viperfish

Cusk Eel

Wolf-Eel

Jungle Bass

Archerfish

Murray Cod

Zebra Pompano

Manefish

Triggerfish

Xylo Piranha

Lyretail

Walleye

Malabal Tor Foul Lake Ocean River
Ouze Toadfish

Ghastel Bass

Stargazer

Z'en's Whitefish

Arowana

Inconnu

Abecean Halibut

Ono

Sea Bass

Strident Leechfin

Mrigal

Stonefish

Reaper's March Foul Lake Ocean River
Slimeslither

Brotula

Reaper's Eel

Red Gurnard

Forest Bream

Preposterous Mackerel

Brown Trout

Ladyfish

None Strid Shad

Flying fish

Sheepshead

Sweetfish


Daggerfall Covenant

Stros M'Kai

Betnikh

Foul Lake Ocean River
None None Eltheric Grouper None
Glenumbra Foul Lake Ocean River
Hag Fen Hagfish

Dragonfish

Lamprey

Cambray Perch

Powen

Rock Bass

Azurain Flounder

Finless Sole

Tuna

Brook Trout

Catfish

Warmouth

Stormhaven Foul Lake Ocean River
Gray Loach

Sawfish

Yellow Moray

Silver Walleye

Barfish

Yellow Bass

Alcaire Pike

Dab

Stormhaven Flounder

Dreugh Shrimp

Grass Carp

River Stingray

Rivenspire Foul Lake Ocean River
None Ichory Chub

Nase

Rivenspire Trout

Writhing Scrab

Northpoint Cod

Snakehead

Dusky Grouper

Hake

Ruby Tench

Ribbon Eel

Stream Catfish

Turbot

Alik'r Desert Foul Lake Ocean River
Midget Salmon

Sand Eel

Cutthroat Eel

Sand Moray

Desert Pupfish

Banded Killifish

Lungfish

Saw Belly

Bonefish

Alewife

Driftfish

Sablefish

None
Bangkorai Foul Lake Ocean River
None Lake Snapper

Scaly Lungfish

Gar

Paddlefish

Bjoulsae Hake

Morid Cod

Swai

Toadfish

Prickleback

Lenok

Panga

Pupfish


Ebonheart Pact

Bleakrock Isle

Bal Foyen

Foul Lake Ocean River
None None Inner Sea Scalyfin None
Stonefalls Foul Lake Ocean River
Scum Carp

Fungusfish

Stinkfish

Rainbow Zander

Lake Chub

Tench

Akaviri Wrasse

Armorhead

Travally

Ash Shad

Ricefish

Thorny Catfish

Deshaan Foul Lake Ocean River
None Mud Lamprey

Old Man Gar

Gourami

Ide

Pikeblenny

Gibberfish

Monkfish

Mustard Eel

Toadstool Tilapia

Cutthroat Trout

Deshaan Chub

Mouthbrooder

Shadowfen Foul Lake Ocean River
Coelacanth

Toxic Xoach

Eel-Goby

Pricklefish

Histcarp

Orange Roughy

Quillback

Zander

None Shark Tadpole

Boga

Hardyhead

Opah

Eastmarch Foul Lake Ocean River
Ice Remora

Modoc Sucker

Snipe Eel

King Sturgeon

Char

Eastmarch Pike

Ghost Haddock

Golem Shark

Pigfish

White River Pickerel

Ice Fish

Steelhead

The Rift Foul Lake Ocean River
Sulfursucker

Bream

Skate

Skorrn

Ilinalta Trout

Ice Koi

Jarl Salmon

Zebra Oto

None Muskellunge

White Roughy

Grouper

Sockeye Salmon


Miscellaneous

Coldharbour Foul Lake Ocean River
Ghoulfish

Heinous Gar

Moray Leech

Stingerpike

Azure Eel

Bichir

Blue Slimefish

Cavefish

Fang Shark

Harbour Gar

Plasm Darter

Venomfish

None None None
Craglorn Foul Lake Ocean River
None Crag Salmon

Glasshead Barreleye

Forlorn Catfish

Ghost Knifefish

Nirn Flounder

Spiny Orcfish

None Nedic Eel

Yokudan Cod

Bitterling

Croaker

Dragon Goby

Mermouth

Cyrodiil Foul Lake Ocean River
Sewer Eel

Pufferfish

Quillfish

Runmare Bream

Rainbow Fish

Yellow Perch

Topal Fanche

Emperor Angelfish

Jewel Fish

Nibenay Trout

Glassfish

Pirate Perch

Hew's Bane Foul Lake Ocean River
Keuppia

Daggertooth

Fringed Mudskipper

Bala Shark

Cherry Barb

Sparking Anglermouth

Beggar Shark

Crestfish

Firemouth

Hew's Rasbora

Imperial City Foul Lake Ocean River
Aphotic Batfish

Glow-Spotted Blenny

Cannibal Lancet

Blobfin

Guiyu

Hatchetfish

Humpback Angler

Imperial Loosejaw

Scabrous Grenadier

Flabby Whalefish

Trapjaw Eel

Wen Loach

None None None
Wrothgar Foul Lake Ocean River
Greater Ashmouth

Lesser Ashmouth

Pariah Lumpfish

Giant Hammerjaw

Matron Eelpout

Vorkhiposh

Crab-Slaughter-Crane

Blue-Ringed Octopus

Black Scabbardfish

Hairy Coffinfish

Chinlea

Nelma

Tum Weever

Fishing Achievements

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There are a total of 29 achievements associated with fishing (25 from the base game, 4 from DLCs). Every zone except the starter islands has 12 rare fish you can catch. Catching all of the rare fish in a zone will give you that zone's achievement. If you get all of the major zone achievements in one alliance, you'll receive another achievement for that alliance. Get all three of those, along with the starter island achievements and the separate ones for Cyrodiil and Coldharbour, and you'll receive the rare Master Fisher achievement. Note that the fish on the starter islands are not necessary for the alliance fishing achievements, but they are necessary for the Master Fisher achievement. Craglorn Angler and the DLC achievements are not needed to earn the Master Fisher achievement. Completing the Master Fisher achievement grants the title "Master Angler" and the dye "Slaughterfish Flesh Pink".

Auridon Angler (5 points)
Roost Angler (5 points)
Grahtwood Angler (5 points)
Greenshade Angler (5 points)
Dominion Fisherman (10 points)
Malabal Tor Angler (5 points)
Reaper's March Angler (5 points)
Alik'r Angler (5 points)
Stros Angler (5 points)
Bangkorai Angler (5 points)
Glenumbra Angler (5 points)
Covenant Fisherman (10 points)
Rivenspire Angler (5 points)
Master Fisher (50 points)
Stormhaven Angler (5 points)
Deshaan Angler (5 points)
Bleakrock Angler (5 points)
Eastmarch Angler (5 points)
Rift Angler (5 points)
Pact Fisherman (10 points)
Shadowfen Angler (5 points)
Stonefalls Angler (5 points)
Cyrodiil Angler (10 points)
Coldharbour Angler (5 points)


Craglorn Angler (5 points)
Imperial City Angler (5 points)
Wrothgar Master Angler (5 points)
Hooking Wrothgar's Biggest Catch (10 points)
Hew's Bane Master Angler (5 points)

Bugs

  • Occasionally you will receive the message "You cannot fish in Werewolf form" while attempting to fish.
    • This can be fixed by relogging.
  • Sometimes while fishing at a lake in Auridon, you will catch both a Barbel and a Zebra Oto, the latter of which is a rare fish from The Rift, and will get credit for both.
  • Some very few fishing holes will only give Used Bait.