Fishing is used to catch fish, special items, and junk. Many of the fish may be cooked with Cooking for use as food during Combat or Thieving, while a number of others can be used as ingredients for Herblore potions or Summoning tablets.

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This article is about the Fishing skill. For training the skill, see Fishing/Training.

Of the special items obtained from Fishing, the Ancient Ring of Skills and Ancient Ring of Mastery are particularly noteworthy due to the skill and Mastery experience bonuses they provide for all non-combat skills. These rings are however also considered some of the rarest items in the game, and can take a significant amount of time to obtain.


The amount of time each Fishing action takes can be reduced by 5-40% by purchasing fishing rods from the Shop, 15% with the   Amulet of Fishing, 5% with the second unique star of   Ameria (    Level 60), 3% with the     Elite Pillar of Expertise, 2% with     Harold, and 0.5 seconds while the   Octopus +     Eagle Synergy is active.

Fishing benefits from a couple of guaranteed item doubling bonuses, one being the   Fishing Skillcape perk, while the other is obtained by reaching a   Mastery level of 99 in the fish being caught. While both are active, the quantity of fish caught per action is guaranteed to be at least 4. These bonuses apply multiplicatively with the chance to double items, and so the quantity of fish gained from a single action can be as much as 8.

    Lost Chests may drop in addition to the usual action rewards if the   Corundum Fishing Rod has been purchased or if the   Superior Fishing Skillcape is equipped, and can also drop from base game fish. When opened, lost chests may contain any of the superior gems,   Runestones or any of the three fishing consumables:   Fishing Hook,   Golden Reel, and   Burning Reel. The last two consumables are exclusive to the lost chest and cannot be obtained elsewhere.

Fishing Areas

There are 15 Fishing Areas, with different fish located in each Fishing Area. Each area has different chances to obtain junk or special items instead of fish. The chance to obtain special items can be reduced by wearing the   Sailor's Top, which can be useful to maximise the amount of fish obtained.

The Barbarian Fishing area is unlocked by wearing the   Barbarian Gloves. Catching fish in the Barbarian Fishing Area will give   Strength and Fishing skill experience. This Strength experience is also affected by the experience bonus from   Gold Emerald Ring.

The Secret Area is unlocked by reading the   Message in a Bottle in the Bank. After the first reading, the bottle has no further use and can be safely sold.

The Fisherman's enclave is unlocked by discovering     Fisherman's Enclave in   Cartography.

Both the   Message in a Bottle and   Barbarian Gloves are special items that can be found while fishing.


As the player's Fishing level increases, new fish that give more experience will become available to catch.

In addition:

The   Cooking level is given for all of the fish that can be cooked to increase their health restore value.

Most fish, including those that cannot be cooked, can be used in   Summoning:

Mastery Unlocks

Item Mastery Unlocks

Level Unlock
1 Each Mastery level increases the chance to receive 2 Fish by +0.4%
50 +3% chance to receive special items.
65 You no longer catch Junk.
99 Always catch a minimum quantity of 2 Fish

Mastery Pool Checkpoints

Pool % Pool XP Bonus
10% 2,000,000 xp +5% Fishing Mastery XP
25% 5,000,000 xp Receive no more Junk
50% 10,000,000 xp +5% chance to get double Fish
95% 19,000,000 xp When you catch a Special Item, there is a 25% chance to receive one extra Special Item. It is possible to receive a different item than the original.
Total Mastery Pool XP 20,000,000


The skillcape can be purchased from the store for   1,000,000 after the player reaches   Level 99.

The superior skillcape can be purchased from the store for   10,000,000 after the player reaches   Level 120.

Skillcape Name Requirements Effect
  Fishing Skillcape   Level 99 x2 Items received from Fishing
    Superior Fishing Skillcape   Level 120 +1% chance to find a Lost Chest while Fishing (This is separate to the Special Fishing Chance)
+100% Chance to gain +1 additional resource in Fishing (Cannot be doubled)
x2 Items received from Fishing


The pet can be unlocked by doing any Fishing action.

Pet Name Effect
  Pudding Duckie +5% Chance to Double Items in Fishing

Fishing Rods

Fishing rods are permanent upgrades purchased from the   Shop that decrease the amount of time it takes to catch fish. The later rods also provide a number of other bonuses, as listed in the table below. The bonuses provided by these upgrades are permanently active once purchased i.e. they do not need to be equipped or otherwise enabled.


Special items can be randomly acquired instead of fish while Fishing. They reward the same amount of XP as the fish that was being caught. Treasure is chosen from the following loot table:

The average value of a roll on the special fishing loot table is   523.69

To maximize the chance of obtaining special items, players may:

  • Select fish that are both within an area with a high special chance and have a low catch time -   Raw Seahorse and   Raw Skeleton Fish are ideal choices
  • Gain a mastery level of at least 50 in the fish being caught, which increases the special chance by 3%
  • Reduce the catch time by using all available interval reductions, which are listed within the Mechanics section
  • Reach the 95% Mastery pool checkpoint
  • Have the   Octopus and   Ent Summoning synergy equipped, increasing the special chance by 6%
  • Increase the   Mastery level of   Ameria to 20, as that star's unique modifier can increase the special chance by up to 5%

Conversely, to reduce the chances of obtaining special items, player may:


Junk items are randomly caught instead of fish. They can also be obtained as contents of a   Treasure Chest. Most of them have for only use   Rags to Riches I, but the   Rope can also be upgraded into   Bowstring. They reward only 1 XP when caught, and are selected from the following table:

You can prevent the catch of Junk items if the mastery level of the intended catch is of 65 and beyond for that specific fish, or globally with the 25% Fishing Mastery Checkpoint.

Regardless of Fishing Mastery, you can still get Junk Items from Treasure Chests.


The   Fishermans Potion can be used to increase the chance of receiving double fish while fishing.

Fishermans Potion
Potion Tier Charges Effect
  I 5 +3% Chance to Double Items in Fishing
  II 10 +5% Chance to Double Items in Fishing
  III 15 +8% Chance to Double Items in Fishing
  IV 20 +12% Chance to Double Items in Fishing

Summoning Boosts

This table shows all the   Summoning Familiars and Synergies that provide a bonus to Fishing.

Skill Boosts

This table lists most sources of Fishing-specific modifier boosts. For a list of boosts that apply to all skills, see the Skill Boosts page. This list does not contain boosts provided from   Mastery rewards.