Fishing is a new feature in Skyrim: Anniversary Edition, along with other new additions that have been added to celebrate the game’s 10th birthday.
However, unlike the fishing mini-games you’ve become accustomed to in games like Stardew Valley, this fishing is a little different than simply having a rod and dipping it into whatever body of water you find in the hopes that something will bite.
This page explains how to unlock fishing in Skyrim, how to get a fishing rod, and a list of Skyrim fish.
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How to unlock fishing in Skyrim
First, make sure you’re playing the anniversary edition of the game, which launched for PC and consoles in November 2021.
After playing the introductory quest in Helgen, you will be able to begin your journey to the land of Skyrim. It is at this point that Fishing is unlocked (as well as Survival Mode), although the latter is revealed to the player via a pop-up menu.
Fishing, on the other hand, is not so obvious: you will have to find out more information about this feature yourself. You can only fish at certain fishing spots in Skyrim, and fortunately, from the start of the game you’re not too far from your first fishing spot. This is where you can find your first rod…
How to get a fishing rod in Skyrim
There are several ways to get a fishing rod in Skyrim, and the easiest is to find one at fishing spots. The first fishing spot you can find is not far from the introductory area on the outskirts of Helgen, where you end up with Ralof or Hadvar.
It’s right next to the Standing Stone, just north of where you start.
Another way is to simply go to the nearest merchant in the city you are in at the time. For us, eager to start fishing right away, we found a rod at Riverwood merchant Lucan. It is not expensive at all, with a value of 31 gold.
Of course, if you prefer to show off your craftsmanship, you can also make a fishing rod yourself. Head to the nearest forge and you can craft the rod using 1 iron ingot and firewood (both items are easy to purchase or find throughout your adventures). All you will have to do then is find a fishing spot and start fishing.
How to cast line and fish in Skyrim
Unlike games like Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon, fishing in Skyrim focuses on multiple fixed locations (meaning you can’t fish just any way), so you’ll have to go to specific locations where the fish reside before you can. become the best. Fisherman in Tamriel.
Once you find a spot to fish, you’ll need to equip a rod like you would equip a sword or bow. Fortunately, you don’t need bait, as the locations you find scattered throughout Skyrim will provide you with bait.
All you need to do is approach the bait and press the correct input and you will start fishing.
All fish are unique in the way they can move and bite the line. For example, a bass pulling on the line may cause waves, while a river fish will simply tug gently. Once the time is right, often indicated by the vibration of your controller/mouse and the tug of your line, you must press the correct input (on PlayStation, this would be the X button) and the fish will automatically be attracted.
The fish is then added to the food inventory, where you can cook it into a delicious meal, especially useful if you plan to use Survival mode in your match.
Skyrim Fish List
There are several fish that you can find in Skyrim, with locations spread across Tamriel.
Here is the full list of fish you can expect to attract during your time fishing in Skyrim:
- fisherman larvae
- arctic char
- arctic grayling
- long-finned abaceon
- low stream
- Large tent
- dire fish
- glass catfish
- glass fish
- Juvenile mud crab
- Anthias Lyretail
- pearl fish
- pog fish
- pygmy sunfish
- killer fish
- silverside perch
- Scorpion fish
- tripod spider fish
- vampire fish
Skyrim Fishing Spots Locations and Maps
Skyrim: Anniversary Edition may come with a new fishing mechanic, but it won’t be much help to players if they don’t know where they can find these new fishing spots and locations.
You’ll know you’ve found a fishing spot when you see a bucket of fish bait. It’s also helpful to find rivers and lakes and follow them, as they will often take you to new areas to explore and find fish.
The only downside is that you will take the longer route to find out where the fishing spots are.
So why wait? Each location in Skyrim has its own unique fishing map that can be obtained from various vendors, including traveling caravans, across the continent.
Go to a general store in a city and talk to the owner. They will most likely sell you a map with the mainland’s fishing spots marked.
Whiterun Fishing Spots
Whiterun has 3 fishing spots, and a general map of the fishing area is sold in Riverwood.
Rift Fishing Spots
The Rift has 5 fishing spots, with an overview map of the fishing area sold within the city of Riften, as well as by vendors traveling through the Rift.
Winterhold Fishing Spots
Winterhold has two fishing locations, with a general map of the fishing area sold within the city of Winterhold, as well as by vendors traveling around the continent.
Haafingar Fishing Spots
The Haafingar area has four fishing spots, with an overview map of the fishing area sold within the town of Solitude, as well as by vendors traveling through the area.
Fishing Spots in Falkreath
The Falkreath area has five fishing spots, and unlike most other spots you can find around Skyrim, these spots are mostly close-knit and located right next to each other.
To find a map of Falkreath fishing spots, you can purchase it from a vendor in the Falkreath area, as well as from Lucan in Riverwood.
Reach Fishing Spots
The Reach area only has four fishing spots, and like Falkreath and Haafingar, these spots are more closely marked from each other rather than spread across the continent.
To find a map of all the fishing spots in The Reach, you can purchase a map from the local Markarth outfitter or from any street vendor in The Reach.
How to display fish in your house in Skyrim
What better way to show off your hard-earned catches than by displaying them in your beautiful home? Thanks to Skyrim: Anniversary Edition, you can do just that.
The way to display fish in your home is to first make sure that the house you are in allows you to build a basement extension, solely because aquariums and such cannot be placed anywhere other than inside the basement.
The basement extension is available in Hearthfire houses and a few others, such as the house in Solitude.
Once you’ve added the basement to your home, you’ll need to use the workbench to create aquarium displays and cabinets. Then, once this is done, you can move over to the aquarium screens/cabinets and add fish to them.
Final note: Unfortunately, you cannot fit two different types of fish inside your home aquarium cabinets.
What else do you need to know about fishing in Skyrim?
Here are some other tips and tricks that may be useful while fishing in Skyrim:
- When the water calms down and there are no bites around your line, it indicates that there are no fish to catch and you will have to wait 24 hours until you can fish there again.
- You won’t be able to be attacked while fishing, although you can still hear monsters/NPCs talking and growling if they are nearby…
- The book Line and Lure offers useful tips on fishing in Tamriel, such as when to take out the fish, what type of fish you can find, and the benefits of fishing in the kitchen.
- Learning to fish is useful for survival mode, which also debuts in the Anniversary Edition, where it is a great way to get food quickly and easily.
- You can’t mark where fishing spots are, so we suggest installing the camp creation item from the Skyrim Content Creation Club and using it to mark fishing spots. You’ll be using a lot of leather straps and iron ingots, but it’s definitely worth it to keep an eye on these locations.
- Riften Fishery, and all the fishing quests it offers, essential for leveling up and giving you gold, are far away at the start of the game. To get there faster, head to Whiterun and rent a carriage for 50 gold.
- What’s quite annoying is that there is a high chance that you will get various items such as weapons, armor, and useless tools instead of fish. This is more than a little frustrating, but it can be helpful if you want to sell old tattoos as quickly as possible.