Stardew Valley is a game that has a lot going on. Although it may look like a simple farming game on the surface, any serious fans of this game will know that there's a lot in the game to do. from running your farm to building relationships with the people in Pelican Town, there's a lot of things in the game that make it easy for players to really immerse themselves in the game for hours and hours.
One important part of the game is fishing. Fishing in Stardew Valley is an important aspect of the game for multiple reasons from cooking to filling the community center and even making money and friends. To learn everything you need to know about how to fish in Stardew Valley, keep reading!
10 Get Your Rod
The first thing that you need in Stardew Valley in order to start fishing is a fishing rod! While most tools are automatically in your inventory when you arrive on the farm, players will notice that the fishing rod is missing. So, how do you get a fishing rod in Stardew Valley?
After a couple days on the farm, you'll receive a letter in the mail from Willy, the owner of the Fish Shop on the beach. If you go to talk to him before 5:00 PM, he'll give you a Bamboo Pole, the most basic fishing rod, for free. Thanks, Willy!
9 How To Fish
After you've received your Bamboo Pole, it's time to learn how to fish in Stardew Valley. Fishing involves a really unique mini game that becomes easier as your fishing skill develops and as you upgrade your fishing rod.
In order to fish, simply cast your pole out into any body of water - either the ocean, one of the rivers, or a pond. Then, when you see the word "HIT!" appear on your screen, press the Use Tool button. By default, this is the left mouse button on PC, square on PlayStation, Y on Nintendo Switch, and X on Xbox. Keep pressing and releasing that button to keep the green rectangle behind the fish until the progress bar fills completely.
8 How To Make Bait
Fishing in Stardew Valley can be a really fun way to pass the time and make some money to help you upgrade your farm. It may seem like the fish just don't bite as often as you'd like sometimes but there's a simple solution for that! After reaching level two, Willy will sell you a Fiberglass Rod for 1,800g. This Fiberglass Rod is special because it can use bait. But how do you make bait in Stardew Valley?
Craft it with Bug Meat that you got by slaying monsters in the mines! If you befriend Linus, he'll send you a recipe for an even better bait that appeals to all fish.
7 How To Use Bait
Collected a ton of Bug Meat or befriended Linus and want to know how to use all that bait you crafted? Luckily, Stardew Valley makes learning how to use bait in the game to up your fishing game really easy.
After purchasing the Fiberglass Rod from Willy's Fish Shop, simply get the bait and your Fiberglass rod in your inventory. Left click on the stack of bait (or right click if you only want to load your rod with a single piece of bait) and then right click on the fishing rod. The rod will automatically use the bait until it's completely gone each time you cast your rod.
6 How To Use Crab Pots
A fishing rod isn't the only place to use your bait or get fish in Stardew Valley! There are certain items that can only be found in Crab Pots that you definitely need for the Community Center, to craft certain items, and to make some recipes.
In order to make a Crab Pot, you must first reach fishing level three. Then, use 30 pieces of wood and 3 iron bars to craft a Crab Pot that can be baited in the exact same way as your Fiberglass Rod or Iridium Rod. They can be placed in rivers, ponds, or at the beach and will either collect one piece of trash or one creature per Crab Pot per day.
5 All The Fishing Spots
There are a lot of different locations in Stardew Valley that the player can explore. Although a lot of the focus of the game involves your farm, roaming Pelican Town, the woods around it, and even the nearby desert can be a lot of fun.
For people that love to fish in Stardew Valley, the different locations in the game are important to get to know! Different fish and crustaceans spawn at different bodies of water, so it's important to know where to fish when you need a specific fish for the Community Center's different bundles.
4 All About Treasure Chests
Although fishing in Stardew Valley is obviously a great way to catch fish to give to the people of Pelican town, complete quests, fill the Community Center, create recipes, and sell for money to buy more animals and seeds for your farm. But, fish aren't the only things that can be caught with a fishing rod!
Sometimes when fishing, a treasure chest may appear on the screen along with the fish that you're trying to catch. If you keep the green bar behind this chest until the small orange bar above it fills up, you'll get some bonus treasures when you catch the fish!
3 All about Legendary Fish
When fishing in certain locations or during a certain time of year or in a certain type of weather, there's a chance to reel in a particularly difficult fish. These fish are known as Legendary Fish and you'll know if you're reeling one in because the fish will have an orange mark on the top of their head.
The different Legendary Fish in Stardew Valley are the Crimsonfish, Angler, Legend, Glacierfish, and Mutant Carp. These fish are available during different seasons - except the Mutant Carp which is available all year after unlocking The Sewers - and are much more difficult than other fish to catch.
2 Know The Fish
This tip for how to fish in Stardew Valley may seem pretty basic, but it's definitely one that's important to keep in mind. When it comes to fishing in this game, there are a lot of different fish that can be caught. These fish aren't all available all the time or in every body of water in the game, though!
Stardew Valley operates in a world with four seasons, just like our own, and on a timer, giving your character all morning, afternoon, and evening to get things done around the farm and in Pelican Town. It's important to know the different fish in the game because there are some that are only available in certain seasons, types of weather, or locations in the game.
1 How To Use Fish
Now that you know all about how to fish in Stardew Valley and tips for fishing like using Crab Pots and bait, what do you do with all these fish?
Just like the rest of Stardew Valley, the options are pretty limitless. You can put the ones needed to restore the Community Center in their respective bundles, you can sell fish, you can make a ton of different recipes with them after you upgrade your kitchen to have a house, and you can create other things with them like fertilizer for your crops. If you're not into any of those options, toss them in the shipping box or sell them to Willy in his Fish Shop to get some cash for your farm!