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WoW Fishing Guide


WoW Fishing Guide

Important note: It does not matter where you fish, your skill rate will not change. It only depends on your successful catches and has nothing to do with the area where you are fishing.

Skill Up Formula
You skill up by number of succesful catches. The equation is apx. as follows: (current unmodified fishing level – 75) / 25 = total # of fish required to level, with a minimum of 1 fish per catch. (see below for table)

So, with that knowledge, you’ll realise that you can skill up fishing from 1 to 300 by fishing the water of your factions city. The reason for the different locations mentioned in this guide, is for you to be able to skill up your cooking aswell.

I’ve combined both fishing and cooking in this guide, as they compliment each other very well and if your going to skill up your fishing, you might aswell skill up your cooking with all the fish you’ll be catching.

N.B. it will take you a minimum of 11 hours to complete this, but more likely about 14-15.

Also, please be aware that this is not a fully comprehensive guide to both cooking and fishing and was never intended to be. The sole purpose of this guide is to level up your cooking and fishing in the quickest way possible.

So let’s get started:

Go to your fishing trainer and cook and pick up Fishing and Cooking skills.

Buy a fishing rod and a stack of shiny baubles (a lure that adds +25 to your fishing skill).
Your now ready to begin.

Horde

Best place to start is in Bloodhoof Village in Mulgore.

Go speak to Harn Longcast and buy Brilliant Smallfish and Longjaw Mud Snapper recipes off of him. Now start fishing in Stonebull Lake.
Equip your rod and then apply the shiny bauble lure to it, as this will make catching fish easier.You’ll want to catch about 60 Brilliant Smallfish and this should take about 40 minutes. You’ll find that by the time you have caught 60 Brilliant Smallfish, you’ll also have about 30 Longjaw Mud Snappers. Once you have 60, cook them. You can either build your own fire or jog back to Harn Longcast and use the fire in front of him. Cook the Brilliant Smallfish, then at level 50 start cooking Longjaw Mud Snappers (after learning the recipe you bought earlier).
You’ll need to go and catch Longjaw Mud Snappers now and the best place for these is the pond in Orgrimmar by Lumark the Fishing trainer (I know you’ve been catching quite a few where you are, but the “drop rate” is a lot better in Orgrimmar).
Between levels 50 and 75 go learn journeyman fishing and cooking.

You’ll now need to catch about 30 Longjaw Mud Snappers to get your cooking up to 100.
Now go to Tarren Mill in Hillsbrad and buy Bristle Whisker Catfish recipe off of Derak Nightfall.
Go to the river to the East of Tarren Mill and fish for Bristle Whisker Catfish. Depending on your cooking level, your going to need about 80-100 of these to get it up to 175.
Bewtween levels 125 and 150 go to Shadowprey Village in Desolace and buy Expert Cookbook. You’ll need to go to Booty Bay and buy a book for your Fishing level. Speak to Old Man Heming and buy the book Expert Fishing: The Bass and You.

Once your up to 175 cooking, go to Shadowprey Village in Desolace. Speak to Wulan and buy Mithril Head Trout recipe and start fishing on the pier there. Your going to need about 60 of these to get your cooking up to level 225.

At this point you should now have level 225 fishing and level 225 cooking. If your not level 35 yet, then this is as far as you can go. If you are level 35+ then you have two quests to complete before you can continue.

First quest: Cooking
Requirements: Level 35, 225 Cooking.

Go to Gadgetzan in Tanaris and speak to Dirge Quikcleave. He is in the tavern. He’ll want you to bring him 12 Giant Eggs, 10 Zesty Clam Meat and 20 Alterac Swiss. You should actually be able to buy the eggs and clam meat off of AH, but in case you can’t here’s where to find them. Now according to the quest Giant Eggs drop off of Rocs in Tanaris or any large bird. The best place I found for the eggs, was the owlbeast in The Hinterlands. Only needed to kill about 20 of these to get my 12 eggs. They are about level 43 ish, so if your not that high a level, get help or wait till you can handle them. The clam meat comes from clams, naturally! Well to save you swimming around the sea looking for clams, your better off killing turtles at Steamwheedle Port or Raventusk Village. The drop rate is quite high and you’ll have your clam meat in no time. The levels are 41 ish for Steamwheedle Port and 49-50 for Raventusk Village. The Alterac Swiss is the easiest part. Go to Freewind Post in Thousand Needles and buy them off of the Inn Keeper. Hand them all in and you’ll get your Artisan Cooking.

Second Quest: Fishing
Requirements: Level 35, 225 Fishing.

You need to go and find Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh. He is standing on a small island to the West of Theramore (58,60). He’ll ask you to catch four rare fishes for him. This quest is actually really easy and the only hard part is the amount of travelling involved.The fish you need to catch are:

Feralas Ahi – If you ride out West from Camp Mojache and fish the Verdantis River where the small bridge is by the Ogres, you’ll soon catch one.

Sar’theris Striker – Ride a little South out of Shadowprey Village and your there. Make sure the area comes up as Sar’theris Strand.

Savage Coast Blue Saffin – Just outside Grom’gol Base Camp. Make sure the area comes up as Savage Coast.

Misty Reed Mahi Mahi – Directly East from Stonnard. Just avoid the Murlocs.

You should catch these fish within 5 to 10 casts at each location. So it wont take long. The best order I’ve found to do this quest in is; (assuming you don’t already have all the flightpaths) From Dustwallow, ride to the Great Lift and then head West through Thousand Needles to Camp Mojache in Feralas – From Feralas, ride North West into Desolace and onto Shadowprey Village – From Desolace, fly to Thunderbluff – Fly to XR – Fly to Orgrimmar – Get Zeppelin to Grom’Gol Base Camp – Ride North to Duskwood – Ride East to Deadwind Pass – Ride through Deadwind Pass to Swamp of Sorrows.
Now go back to Nat and get your Artisan Fishing.
There is apparently a bug with this quest, if go away from Nat BEFORE getting your fishing level to 226, the quest can bug and you’ll be stuck on 225 for good. Didn’t happen to me, but I’ve seen a few posts from people who it’s happened to.

Ok, so your now at level 225 in both cooking and fishing and you’ve done your Artisan quests. Time for the home stretch.

Go to Steamwheedle port and speak to Gikkix, You’ll want to buy the following two recipes: Spotted Yellowtail and Poached Sunscale Salmon.
Now go to Raventusk Village in the Hinterlands and fish for Spotted Yellowtails. You’ll need about 30 to get your cooking from 225 to 250.
Now go to Bloodvenom Falls in Felwood and fish for Sunscale Salmon. You’ll need about 30 to get your cooking from 250 to 275.

Now go to Camp Mojache in Feralas and speak to Sheendra Tallgrass and buy the recipe for Mightfish Steak. Whilst your there buy about 40 Hot Spices and 40 Soothing Spices as your going to be making the food that you will want as a level 60 (without going into instances that is). It gives a +10 stamina buff for 15mins which is always helpful.
Now go to Scalebeard’s Cave in Azshara (its one of the islands to the East) and fish for Mightfish. You’ll need about 30 to get your cooking from 275 to 300. You may need to bring some lures with you at this point, as your cooking will level up faster than your fishing and Azshara is a 250+ fishing zone. Once your cooking is a 300, keep fishing till you’ve maxed out that too. It will take 7 to 10 catches to get one skill up at this point, so take your time.

Alliance

Best place to start is in Elwynn Forest.
Go speak to Tharynn Bouden in Goldshire and buy the recipes for Brilliant Smallfish and Longjaw Mud Snappers. Now start fishing in Crystal Lake.
You’ll want to catch about 60 Brilliant Smallfish to get your cooking from 1 to 50.

Now go to Stormwind City and fish the canals for Longjaw Mud Snappers. You’ll need about 50 of them to raise your cooking to 100.
Between levels 50 and 75 go learn journeyman fishing and cooking.

Now go to Southshore and speak to Lindea Rabonne and buy the recipes for Bristle Whisker Catfish and Mithril Head Trout.

Go to the river to the east of Southshore and fish for Bristle Whisker Catfish. You’ll need about 80-100 of these to get your cooking to level 175.
Bewtween levels 125 and 150 go to Shandrina by Mystral Lake in Ashenvale and buy Expert Cookbook. You’ll need to go to Booty Bay and buy a book for your Fishing level. Speak to Old Man Heming and buy the book Expert Fishing: The Bass and You.
Now go to the Lakes outside Stromgarde Keep in Arathi Highlands and fish for Mithril Head Trout. Your going to need about 60 of these to get your cooking up to level 225.

At this point point you should now have level 225 fishing and level 225 cooking. If your not level 35 yet, then this is as far as you can go. If you are level 35+ then you have two quests to complete before you can continue.

First quest: Cooking
Requirements: Level 35, 225 Cooking.

Go to Gadgetzan in Tanaris and speak to Dirge Quikcleave. He is in the tavern. He’ll want you to bring him 12 Giant Eggs, 10 Zesty Clam Meat and 20 Alterac Swiss. You should actually be able to buy the eggs and clam meat off of AH, but in case you can’t here’s where to find them. Now according to the quest Giant Eggs drop off of Rocs in Tanaris or any large bird. The best place I found for the eggs, was the owlbeast in The Hinterlands. Only needed to kill about 20 of these to get my 12 eggs. They are about level 43 ish, so if your not that high a level, get help or wait till you can handle them. The clam meat comes from clams, naturally! Well to save you swimming around the sea looking for clams, your better off killing turtles at Steamwheedle Port or Raventusk Village. The drop rate is quite high and you’ll have your clam meat in no time. The levels are 41 ish for Steamwheedle Port and 49-50 for Raventusk Village. The Alterac Swiss is the easiest part. Go to the Inn in Goldshire, Elwynn Forest and buy them off of the Bartender. Hand them all in and you’ll get your Artisan Cooking.

Second Quest: Fishing
Requirements: Level 35, 225 Fishing.

You need to go and find Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh. He is standing on a small island to the West of Theramore (58,60). He’ll ask you to catch four rare fishes for him. This quest is actually really easy and the only hard part is the amount of travelling involved.The fish you need to catch are:

Feralas Ahi – West from Camp Mojache. Fish the Verdantis River where the small bridge is by the Ogres, you’ll soon catch one.

Sar’theris Striker – South or North or Shadowprey Village. Make sure the area comes up as Sar’theris Strand.

Savage Coast Blue Saffin – Just outside Grom’gol Base Camp. Make sure the area comes up as Savage Coast.

Misty Reed Mahi Mahi – Directly East from Stonnard. Just avoid the Murlocs.

You should catch these fish within 5 to 10 casts at each location. So it wont take long. I haven’t done this quest on my Alliance character, so I’m not sure of the best order in which to do them.
Now go back to Nat and get your Artisan Fishing.
There is apparently a bug with this quest, if go away from Nat BEFORE getting your fishing level to 226, the quest can bug and you’ll be stuck on 225 for good. Didn’t happen to me, but I’ve seen a few posts from people who it’s happened to.

Go to Steamwheedle port and speak to Gikkix, You’ll want to buy the following two recipes: Spotted Yellowtail and Poached Sunscale Salmon.
Either fish for Spotted Yellowtails at Steamwheedle Port or go to Raventusk Village (well not to it, just a little North of it) for the slightly better drop rate. You’ll need about 30 to get your cooking from 225 to 250.

Now go to Bloodvenom Falls in Felwood and fish for Sunscale Salmon. You’ll need about 30 to get your cooking from 250 to 275.

No go and speak to Vivianna in The Feathermoon Stronghold and buy the recipe for Mightfish Steak. Whilst your there buy about 40 Hot Spices and 40 Soothing Spices as your going to be making the food that you will want as a level 60 (without going into instances that is). It gives a +10 stamina buff for 15mins which is always helpful.
Now go to Scalebeard’s Cave in Azshara (its one of the islands to the East) and fish for Mightfish. You’ll need about 30 to get your cooking from 275 to 300. You may need to bring some lures with you at this point, as your cooking will level up faster than your fishing and Azshara is a 250+ fishing zone. Once your cooking is a 300, keep fishing till you’ve maxed out that too. It will take 7 to 10 catches to get one skill up at this point, so take your time.

Skill Up Table

Format = Current Fishing Level – Average Number of Successful Catches Required to Gain a Skill Up

100 – 2
115 – 3
140 – 4
165 – 5
190 – 6
215 – 7
240 – 8
265 – 9
290 – 10

Enjoy the fish!

7 Comments

  1. Fishing Mastery - 13. November 2008 um 10:57 pm

    First of all, thanks for the great and free WoW Fishing Guide.

    Guide was ok up till the Azshara part, then it had one minor flaw: the author wrote this part ‘after’ his lobotomy.

    I highly recommend you do not head to Scalebeard’s Cave until you can reach at least above 290 fishing. Case in point: I’m currently at 291 and am using a 75 lure. In excess of 50% of casts fail due to the stupid fish getting away.

    I would have saved myself an inordinate amount of time just lvl’ing fishing in Org, and farming bears or doing the Silith thing for the cooking.

  2. Fishing Mastery 2000 - 13. November 2008 um 10:57 pm

    This guide is really good.. easy to follow hardly any money involved and you level two skills at once.
    I do agree with the other comment at Cooking lvl 250 go buy the recipe for Filet of Redgill, Redgill seem to drop for me more than Sunscale Salmon.
    Enjoy Fishing! =D

    This guide is fantastic ive used it to level up two levels 70’s cooking and fishing in a matter of days and i dont play that often:)

    the instructions are easy to follow and good money to sell the stuff higher on in the list…

    10/10

    hey this guide is truly awesome i got up to 275 really quick and im working on 300 1 question are u planning on geting the cooking and fishing guide for Bc 375 i believe it is.

    Also when you are in Felwood i advise u buy the recipe’s for
    Fillet of redgill – raw redgill
    Cooked glossy mightfish-Raw glossy mightfish+soothing spice
    Grilled squid – winter squid + soothing spice
    Nightfin soup-raw nightfin snapper+refreshing spring water
    as i was getting more of them then i was the sunscale salmon

    happy fishing 🙂

    ‘The Alterac Swiss is the easiest part. Go to the Inn in Goldshire, Elwynn Forest and buy them off of the Bartender. Hand them all in and you’ll get your Artisan Cooking.’

    You can buy them off of almost anyone that sells food. If you want to edit this, you can put in ‘Pick up 20 Alterac Swiss from the Innkeeper there.’ right after ‘Now go to Southshore and speak to Lindea Rabonne and buy the recipes for Bristle Whisker Catfish and Mithril Head Trout.’

  3. Uber - 13. November 2008 um 10:58 pm

    Great guide – made my artisan fishing quest easy!

    Artisan cooking, also a great guide, just one minor nitpick – not so sure about the high drop rates. The turtles at Steamwheedle had a VERY low drop rate for me this week, and the rocs just south of Gadgetzan weren’t much better. Took me an hour and a half on turtles and 3 hours on rocs (and the hyenas and scorpids around them) with my level 41 character. Maybe the game has changed, or maybe it’s a matter of luck, but I wouldn’t promise a good drop rate.

    This probably is the best guide of how to level fishing /cooking quickly. The other ones I’ve seen are mostly providing information regarding where to fish for what, but not a skill up guide like this. I’ve bookmarked this page 🙂
    -Praiselord, 60 Priest, Jaedenar!

  4. Arm - 20. December 2008 um 11:21 am

    Hey, nice work. Really appreciate the help here as I would of been a level 80 running all over Blizz country trying to level these two professions up.

    Definately grab the Nightfin soup and the Redgill fillet as they were the only fish to pop for me other than oily blackmouth and a handful of other low level fish. I never saw one sunscale salmon pop and I fished it all over there. Have a good one.

  5. Gramcalisto - 23. December 2008 um 11:50 pm

    Really nice guide, only thing I have to say is that when your at Scalebeard’s Cave remember that this is a area requires 330 in fishing. Maybe this has change since patches and Lich King and stuff. But if you fish from the shore line you should be able to do that when your skill in fishing hits 250.

    /Gram

  6. Bastien - 27. December 2008 um 3:11 pm

    Great guide! Just had a little input from the Alliance side.

    Assuming you are at least level 50 and have all the flight points, the best route for the quest at 225 is as follows:

    Theramore -> Thalanaar
    Feathermoon Stronghold -> Nijel’s Point
    Nijel’s Point -> Rachet -> Booty Bay
    Rebel’s Camp -> Nethergarde Keep
    Darkshire -> Menethil Harbor -> Theramore (turn in).

  7. Lancezen - 8. December 2009 um 4:59 pm

    Thanks for an EXCELLENT guide! I didn’t really try to get my fishing and cooking up until I hit level 60. It took me about 1 day to do it all!

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