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

Fishing is used to catch fish, special items and junk which are deposited in the bank. If the Bank becomes full while Fishing, Fishing will continue but any extra items will be lost.

Most fish can be cooked for use as food during Combat or Thieving.

At certain levels, upgrades to the fishing pole used are available in the Skill Upgrades section of the Shop. Upgraded fishing poles reduce the time required to catch fish. Raising Fishing to Fishing Level 99 will unlock the Fishing Skillcape for purchase from the Shop. The Fishing Skillcape doubles the amount of items caught.

Using Fisherman's potions increases the chance to catch double fish by 3-12%, which applies multiplicatively with the guaranteed doubling provided by the Fishing Skillcape.

Fishing Areas

There are 8 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.

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. Leaping Trout, Leaping Salmon, and Leaping Broad Fish, will train Strength when caught, giving 10, 15, and 25 experience respectively. Raw Skeleton Fish can be buried for 3 Prayer points each. Raw Magic Fish can be eaten to restore health without cooking. Raw Poison Fish are used as an ingredient for the Performance Enhancing Potion. Leaping Trout, Leaping Salmon, Leaping Broad Fish, Raw Skeleton Fish, Raw Magic Fish, Raw Blowfish, and Raw Poison Fish cannot be cooked.

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 Coins.svg 1,000,000 after the player reaches Fishing Level 99.

Skillcape Name Requirements Effect
Fishing Skillcape Fishing Skillcape Fishing Level 99 x2 Items received from Fishing
Superior Fishing Skillcape Superior Fishing Skillcape Fishing 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 Pudding Duckie +5% Chance to Double Items in Fishing

Fishing Rods

Higher levels of Fishing allow the player to purchase higher tiers of fishing rods from the Shop. The "bonus speed" from fishing rods is actually a percent reduction in the time that it takes to catch a fish. The bonuses provided by these upgrades are permanently active once purchased, 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 GP 523.69

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


Junk items are randomly caught instead of fish. The only use for them is Rags to Riches I. They reward only 1 XP when caught, and are selected from the following table:


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

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