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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. 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.

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:

  • Octopus: if they require Fishing Level 99 or lower
  • Siren: if they require Fishing Level 100 or higher

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 1,000,000GP after the player reaches Fishing Level 99.

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

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

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 523.69GP

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:

  • Have the Sailer's Top equipped, reducing the special chance by 8%. This item can be pickpocketed from the Dock Hand.


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
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.