Everything you need to know about fishing in Skyrim

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Skyrim fishing: How to get a fishing rod, fishing spot locations and fish list in Skyrim: Anniversary Edition

Fishing is one of the new features in Skyrim: Anniversary Edition, which was released to commemorate the game’s tenth anniversary.

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Viriya is a retired Redguard adventuress who works at the Riften Fishery,
Viriya is a retired Redguard adventuress who works at the Riften Fishery,

Viriya is a retired Redguard adventurer who now works at the Riften Fishery, where she handles special fishing requests and mudcrab breeding in the hopes of selling their meat at the town’s market. Along with Swims-In-Deep-Water, she is the major character in the Fishing creation. She is equipped with an Alik’ri Fishing Rod. Snippy, a pet Mudcrab, will accompany her if she completes her goal to retrieve a juvenile Mudcrab.

Related Quests

Angler AcquaintancesCC: Begin your fishing journey.
In A PinchCC: Obtain a juvenile mudcrab for research.
Clear-HeadedCC: Help a guard overcome his skooma addiction.
Heart of GoldCC: Get Mila a pet goldfish.
No ContestCC: Take part in a fishing contest.
Crustacean ExterminationCC: Exterminate unruly mudcrabs.
Tusked TerrorCC: Slay Fangtusk.
Private LessonsCC: Teach Lynea how to fish.
Spirits AwayCC: Help a Khajiit trader recover his shipment of aged flin.
The Ultimate FeastCC: Prepare a feast for Gisli.
Beneath Bronze WatersCC: Investigate the waters outside Bronze Water Cave.
End of the LineCC: Collect resources to help Viriya set up her own market stall.
Wave BreakerCC: Dawnstar is threatened by a giant crab!

How to fish in Skyrim Anniversary Edition

How do you get access to fishing in Skyrim?
To begin, make sure you’re playing the Anniversary Edition of the game, which was released in November 2021 for PC and consoles.

You’ll be able to begin your journey into Skyrim after completing the introduction task in Helgen. Fishing (as well as Survival Mode) are unlocked at this stage, however the latter is revealed to the player via a pop-up menu.

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You can’t just stroll up to any body of water and start fishing; instead, you must have the appropriate equipment and get to fishing.

Line and Lure Fishing Book in Skyrim.

Skyrim Fishing Master Books

Swims-In-Deep-Water Fishing Mastery book series.

Swims-In-Deep-Water is the master angler of the Riften Fishery
Swims-In-Deep-Water is the master angler of the Riften Fishery

How to get a fishing rod in Skyrim

In Skyrim, there are several ways to obtain a fishing rod, the easiest of which is to locate one in a fishing spot. The first fishing spot you’ll come across is not far from Helgen’s introductory area, where you’ll meet either Ralof or Hadvar.

It’s immediately adjacent to the Standing Stone, a short distance north of where you started.

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Then all you have to do is select a fishing spot and begin fishing

Of course, you can just manufacture a fishing pole for yourself if you’d rather show off your skills. You may make the rod by going to your nearest forge and utilizing 1 iron ingot and firewood (both of which are easy to get by or find on your adventures). Then all you have to do is select a fishing spot and begin fishing.

Here are some easy ways to get a Fishing Rod:

Check with local merchants and vendors to see whether they’re selling them.
Look around the Fishing Supplies locations to check whether there’s a rod nearby.
Make your way to the Riften Fishery (just outside the West wall of Riften itself). Not only will this serve as a hub for numerous fishing missions, but there’s a fishing rod on the dock outside and several more within the building that you may easily take.

Argonian Fishing Rod Greatly improves the chance of catching large fish when fishing.
Argonian Fishing Rod Greatly improves the chance of catching large fish when fishing.
Alik'ri Fishing Rod  Greatly improves the chance of catching small fish when fishing.
Alik’ri Fishing Rod Greatly improves the chance of catching small fish when fishing.
Dwarven Fishing Rod Greatly improves the chance of catching items when fishing.
Dwarven Fishing Rod Greatly improves the chance of catching items when fishing.

How to fish in Skyrim

Once you’ve found a good fishing spot, you’ll need to equip a rod like you would a sword or a bow. Thankfully, you won’t need any bait because the spots dispersed across Skyrim will offer it for you.

With the rod equipped, interact with the fishing supplies. Your Dragonborn will automatically turn towards the water and cast their rod with bait attached.

The way each fish moves and bites on the line is different. A bass fish straining on the line, for example, may cause waves, but a river tiny tugs quietly. When the timing is right – often indicated by the vibration of your controller/mouse and the tug of your line – you must push the appropriate input (on PlayStation, this is the X button) and the fish will be automatically reeled in.

The fish is then put to your food inventory, where you may boil it into a wonderful supper, which is especially useful if you’re intending on playing in Survival Mode.

Aside from the six fish found in the base edition of Skyrim, there are now twenty more ones to catch, some of which may be caught by hand and others that require the use of a rod. Fish are associated with specific sorts of environments – freshwater, saltwater, lakes, rivers, and so on – and are influenced by the time of day, with more fish appearing at dawn and sunset.

List of fish in Skyrim

In Skyrim, you can find a variety of fish in a variety of sites across Tamriel.

Here’s the complete list of fish you may expect to catch while fishing in Skyrim:

  • Angelfish
  • Angler
  • Angler Larvae
  • Arctic Char
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Abaceon Longfin
  • Brook Bass
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Direfish
  • Glass Catfish
  • Glassfish
  • Goldfish
  • Hitscarp
  • Juvenile Mudcrab
  • Lyretail Anthias
  • Pearlfish
  • Pogfish
  • Pygmy Sunfish
  • Salmon
  • Slaughterfish
  • Silverside Perch
  • Scorpion Fish
  • Spadefish
  • Tripod Spiderfish
  • Vampire Fish

Characters like Swims-In-Deep-Water, Hulda, and Viriya will routinely give out literal bounties on various species they want captured, making the Riften Fishery the centre for all fishing-related Skyrim quests and sidequests. These bounties also include information on where to catch those particular fish, so by working your way through the Fishery’s job requests, you’ll be able to build out your own personal angler’s guidebook with a variety of catch sites and fishing hotspots. In fact, capturing any fish in the game will prompt you to begin the Angler Acquaintances quest, which will lead you to the Riften Fishery itself.

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Fishing Spots and Map locations

You can purchase fishing maps and some can be found near fishing spots in Skyrim.

Fishing Map – The Rift

You can purchase The Rift Fishing map from Bersi Honey-Hand at the Pawned Prawn in Riften. The Rift has 5 fishing spots

Fishing Map - The Rift
Fishing Map – The Rift

Fishing Map – Hjaalmarch

You can find this map in a boat where you may also find the old man fishing called Brutius in the town of Morthal. They have 4 fishing spots marked on the map.

Skyrim Fishing map Fishing Map - Hjaalmarch
Fishing Map – Hjaalmarch

Belethor in White Run has Fishing Maps for Sale. At Belethor’s shop Belethor’s General Goods you can buy The Pale fishing map as well as The Reach, Whiterun, and Winterhold Fishing Maps. You can also pick up a copy of Line and Lure.

The Pale Fishing Map

 The Pale Fishing Map Skyrim Fishing Map
Skyrim The Pale Fishing Map

The Reach Fishing Map

The Reach Fishing Map location
The Reach Fishing Map

The Reach area only has four fishing spots

Fishing Map – Whiterun

You can purchase this map from Lucan Valerius at the Riverwood Trader

Fishing Map – Winterhold

Fishing Map – Haafingar

A fishing map can be purchased in Solitude for the Haafingar Region, Fast travel to Solitude and visit Bits and Pieces, Sayma will sell you a fishing map.

Fishing Map – Falkreath

You can find this fishing map at Gray Pine Goods in Falkreath from Solaf the shop owner.


A Solstheim fishing map can be found on the dock when you first arrive near the fishing supplies.


Viriya located in Riften will give the Dragonborn a number of Bounties

She will then hand you a bounty for a glassfish for Zaria in Falkreath. Once you obtain a glassfish, head to Grave Concoctions in Falkreath to speak to Zaria:

Skyrim: Anniversary Edition lets you collect fish in your very own aquarium

In Skyrim, there are several ways to showcase fish in your home. You’ll be able to build aquariums in your Hearthfire homes in either Anniversary Edition or SSE as of November 11.

You can show fish in your home by first ensuring that the house you’re in will enable you to create a cellar extension, because aquariums and other such items can only be kept in the cellar.

Hearthfire residences and a few others, such as the house in Solitude, have a cellar expansion.

After you’ve built the cellar to your house, you’ll need to use the crafting table to make exhibits and aquarium cabinets. After that, you can proceed to the displays/aquarium cabinets and begin adding fish to them.

Rarest fish in all of Skyrim

Swims-In-Deep-Water give you the last challenge to catch the Rarest fish in Skyrim.

The Angelfish

The Angler

The Lyretail Anthias

The Scorpion Fish

Storm Call Shout will make it rain.

How to make it rain in Skyrim

To catch some fish in Skyrim it will increase your chances to fish in the rain. If you don’t want to wait for the rain use the Storm Call shout to make it rain. Glassfish can be found when the weather is pouring.

Players can use the shout Clear Skies to disperse snow and rain prevalent in many of Skyrim’s terrains, as fishing on a clear and bright day increases the chances of pulling in more fish. The Dragonborn can earn all three words of power by completing the quest “Alduin’s Wall.”

Breed Fish In A Hatchery

Windstad Manor’s homestead Three Sawn Logs, three Quarried Stones, and four Nails are needed to build a fish hatchery.

After constructing the hatchery, any fish from Skyrim can be added to be bred. Once a fish has been inserted, it will spawn more fish of that species over time. These fish can be gathered for use in making potions, cooking food, or selling to local traders.

A slaughterfish egg can be deposited in the Fish Hatchery at Windstad Manor to produce non-hostile slaughterfish and respawning egg nests.

How to add slaughterfish eggs in the Fish Hatchery
slaughterfish egg can be deposited in the Fish Hatchery