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OSRS Fishing Guide For Level 1 to 99 | RuneScape Training

April 22, 2020, 15:44

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Today, we're going to tell you how to master fishing in OSRS with our Old School RuneScape fishing guide.

Imagine this: you’re sitting on a shore, birds chirping, the calm wind barely roughing up the serene surface of a lake or a river. It’s a sunny day so you sit in the shade of a willow completely relaxed. It would be a perfect morning but there’s something missing.

Ah, right – the fishing rod!

You grab it, attach bait to the hook, and cast the fishing line. The water body in front of you is teeming with fish waiting to get caught.

Yes, yes, now that’s a perfect morning.

You put your fishing rod to the side and wait for fish to take the bait. You take your tablet or phone, log in to Old School RuneScape and start thinking about what to do.

While you can be a master angler in real life, it appears that your Fishing Level in OSRS is only a measly 1. Let’s fix that, shall we?

OSRS Fishing Guide For RuneScape Beginners

This OSRS Fishing Guide is separated into different sections.

These are free-to-play and pay-to-play fastest leveling methods and F2P and P2P best fishing money making methods.

As with any skill of the so-called Big Three, Fishing provides you with raw materials that, while do not catch an extremely high price on the Grand Exchange, are in constant demand.

Additionally, Fishing is required for some quests, some of which are essential for a main.

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Old School RuneScape Fishing Quests

Tai Bwo Wannai Trio (Level 5)     
Fishing Contest (Level 10)             
Rum Deal (Level 50)        
Heroes’ Quest (Level 53)               
The Fremennik Exiles (Level 60) 
Swan Song (Level 62)

osrs fishing quests

Quests That Give Fishing Experience

Recipe for Disaster (1000)             
Fishing Contest (2437)    
Heroes’ Quest (2725)      
The Fremennik Trials (2812)         
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio (5000)         
Rum Deal (7000)               
Sea Slug (7175)  
Swan Song (10000)

Note that the quest Sea Slug only requires 30 Firemaking and would let you skip straight to Level 24 Fishing. Consider completing Sea Slug, if you are going to level up Firemaking anyway.

The following Diary tasks also require Fishing. Rewards are especially good when completing Elite Diaries.

Diary

Task

Difficulty

Level

Lumbridge and Draynor

Catch some Anchovies in Al-Kharid

Easy

15

Ardougne

Go out fishing on the Fishing Trawler

Easy

15

Kandarin

Catch a Mackerel at Catherby

Easy

16

Varrock

Catch some Trout in the River Lum at Barbarian Village

Easy

20

Lumbridge and Draynor

Catch some Salmon in Lumbridge

Medium

30

Kandarin

Catch and cook a Bass in Catherby

Medium

46

Western Provinces

Fish some Bass on Ape Atoll

Medium

46

Wilderness

Fish some Raw lava eel in the Wilderness

Hard

53

Western Provinces

Catch and cook a Monkfish in Piscatoris

Hard

62

Karamja

Catch a Karambwan

Medium

65

Kandarin

Catch a Leaping sturgeon

Hard

70

Kandarin

Fish and cook 5 Sharks in Catherby using the Cooking gauntlets

Elite

76

Ardougne

Catch a Manta ray in the Fishing Trawler and cook it in Port Khazard

Elite

81

Wilderness

Fish and cook a Dark crab in the Resource Area

Elite

85

Morytania

Catch a Shark in Burgh de Rott with your bare hands

Elite

96

Fast Fishing Leveling in OSRS

As was mentioned in the introduction, first we will cover the fastest way to level up Fishing. For the most part, you will not be banking and selling the fish, but rather shift-dropping it on the spot, making all the cats in the neighborhood happy for the rest of their nine lives.

Fishing Level 1-20

You will start your journey to Level 99 Fishing by catching Shrimps or Anchovies at Catherby, Draynor, and Lumbridge using a Small Net. Members can complete the Sea Slug quest to jump to level 24.

ways to make money fishing

Fishing Level 20-58/99

If you got bit by the fishing bug, then you must‘ve reached this level range quickly. This is where we get to more traditional methods of fishing: using a Fly Fishing Rod and Feathers. Make sure to have plenty of feathers in your inventory before starting.

You will be catching Trout and Salmon at Barbarian Village, Lumbridge if you‘re F2P. P2P players can also choose Seers Village, Shilo Village, and fishing spots outside Farming Guild. Fishing Trout and Salmon is the best XP/hr ratio for F2P players.

how to fish in osrs

Pay-to-Play OSRS Fishing Guide

For RuneScape members, you can use this guide to level up your fishing skills.

Fishing Level 58-99

The fastest way to level up Fishing to level 99 is Barbarian Fishing combined with tick manipulation. You can start fishing there at 15 Strength and 15 Agility, but in order to be efficient, you need to have 30 Strength and 30 Agility.

Complete Otto’s Grotto quest to be rewarded the Barbarian Rod. Acquiring the Barbarian Rod will allow you to fish at Barbarian Fishing spots.

Similarly to Fly Fishing, you will need Feathers as a lure, so make sure you resupply those. You can expect to receive around 35-40k XP when below 70 Fishing and 50-60k when at or above 70 Fishing. Getting back to 3-tick fishing, it is possible to up your game even further, to a whopping 110k XP per hour.

This, however, requires a lot of attention and patience. It is a rewarding method, but a really tedious one. The simplest 3-tick manipulation method is to start the sequence by casting the line and then shift dropping the fish.

Refer to this YouTube tick fishing guide to learn more. You will also gain Agility and Strength XP along with Fishing XP at a ratio of 1:10, 1 Strength and Agility with every 10 Fishing XP.

barbarian fishing guide in old school rs

Money Making with Fishing (Free-to-Play)

In this section, you'll learn how to make more OSRS gold through fishing.

Fishing Level 40-50

At this level range, we have the delicious Lobster. You can fish Lobster at Musa Point using a Lobster Pot. You will need to board a boat at Port Sarim going to Karamja. The trip will cost you 30gp, so make sure you have coins at the ready. To bank the precious Lobster, use the bank deposit in Port Sarim, at the docks with the monks.

fishing training for beginners using lobsters in osrs

Fishing Level 50-99

Now, we’re doing some serious fishing! Grab a Harpoon and aim steadily at that Harpoon fishing spot to impale some Swordfish. You will catch some Tuna as well, but don’t bother with them: drop all the Tuna you catch, if you’re leveling Cooking then cook it before dropping. Tuna isn’t worth much and will only slow you down with frequent trips to the bank deposit.

To improve your gp/hr rates using either of the F2P Fishing money-making methods make sure to complete The Corsair Curse and Dragon Slayer. Doing so will allow you to use the Corsair Cove Resource Area which in turn will allow for free trips to Port Sarim and back, meaning that you will no longer need to take up that inventory space with coins.

Money Making with Fishing (Pay-to-Play)

For those with RuneScape members-only privilege, here are some tips on how you can make more money by fishing in Gielinor.

Fishing Level 62-99

For players who do not intend to spam-click using any of the tick manipulation methods used in Barbarian Fishing, a good alternative is catching Monkfish. The XP rates are lower and this method requires less attention, but by banking Monkfish, you will also be earning gold. To be eligible for this method you will need to complete the Swan Song quest in Piscatoris, where Monkfish fishing spots are located. You will need a Small fishing net.

Fishing Level 65-99

Reaching level 65 Fishing and completing Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest unlocks the ability to fish Karambwans. To catch Karambwans you will need a Karambwan vessel and Raw karambwanji for bait. Raw karambwanji can be caught north-east of the CKR fairy ring.

The best spot for fishing Karambwans is north of the DKP fairy ring. Consider using quest point cape, Slayer rings, or fairy ring in your house for faster travel. There are plenty of options for banking Karambwans, so choose the one you are most comfortable with: you can use Ring of Dueling to get to the Castle Wars, Amulet of Glory to get to Edgeville, or Karamja gloves 3 or 4 to get to Shilo Village Underground Mine.

Fishing for Raw karambwanji can be tedious, so make sure you buy as much as you can from Tiadeche in Karamja in between your fishing sessions. Raw karambwanji is stackable and cost 10gp each.

karambwans in old school runescape

Fishing Level 80-99

From level 80 Fishing you unlock the ability to catch Infernal eels in Mor Ul Rek. For this method you need: a hammer in your inventory, Oily fishing rod from the Heroes’ Quest, bait, to wear Ice gloves and a Firecape to show to TzHaar-Ket guard to be allowed to enter the city of Mor Ul Rek (this does not consume the Firecape).

Infernal eels can be cracked open with a hammer to obtain 10-20 Tokkul, a single Onyx bolt tip, or 1-5 Lava scale shards. The best spot for catching Infernal eels is the south-easternmost area of the city.

fishing for infernal eel in runescape

Fishing Level 82-99

Once you reach level 82 Fishing you can start catching Minnows. Minnows are located at Kylie Minnow’s Fishing Platform in the Fishing Guild. You will need to collect full Angler Outfit from Fishing Trawler game in order to catch Minnows, as well as completed Fishing Contest quest.

Just like Raw karambwanjis, Minnows are stackable, meaning you will not need to travel to a bank often. When you feel like it, you can exchange Minnows for Sharks at a 40:1 ratio.        

This fishing method is quite unique and can be annoying to some. First, because fishing spots move one square every 15 seconds. Second, there is a chance of Flying Fish spawning. These fish will catch the Minnows from the player’s inventory, so you can’t stay AFK for long or else your fishing trip will be all for nothing.

All in all, fishing for Minnows is a profitable money-making method but it will require the player to be a little bit more attentive than the others.

osrs fishing guide for minnows

Fishing Level 85-99

This time it’s a little bit more tricky. From level 85 Fishing you can start catching Dark crabs. This is a quite lucrative method and provides a decent amount of XP (30-40k/hr). The tricky part is that Dark crabs are in the Wilderness and you need to complete Elite tasks in the Wilderness, after which you can catch Dark crabs faster.

Dark crabs are located inside the Resource Area and there is an NPC called Piles nearby, just outside the Resource Area, who can note your catch. The closest bank is the Mage Bank which takes only a couple of minutes to get to.

Players are advised to bank their noted Dark crabs regularly as to avoid being cleaned by a PKer. Bring cheap defensive gear and 3-4 good items along with high-healing food in order to be able to run from the PKers and protect your profit.

Completing only Medium and Hard Diaries is also viable, however, you will have to pay a fee to enter the area. The tools needed to catch Dark crabs are a Lobster pot and Dark fishing bait.

osrs fishing for dark crabs

Last, but not least, make sure to acquire the Angler’s outfit from Fishing Trawler minigame. The full set provides 2.5% additional Fishing experience, which in the long run will save you a lot of time.

Final Thoughts About Fishing In OSRS

As you have probably noticed, fishing methods that are listed as profitable provide less experience than those that are listed as fast. If your goal is the Fishing skillcape or you are preparing supplies for a PKing spree and, therefore, do not wish to sell the precious catch, we recommend to buy OSRS gold.

Alleviate the stress of getting your hands on coins by always having a substantial reserve in your bank and focus on becoming the master angler!