Fishing is an action using the Fishing Pole to cast in water to catch Fish. Fish are an ingredient type which can only be caught in pools of water when fishing. Fish can be used for cooking, consumed for Energy, sold for Star Coins or gifted to villagers to raise Friendship. Specific Memories must also be collected through fishing.
Even though fish are an ingredient for cooking, they're tracked in a separate section of the collection window labeled 'Fish'. The entry for each fish unlocks when they are first caught.
Moana's Boat is an important unlock to support fishing. It will provide free fish every few hours, but just as importantly will provide up to a 20% reduction in energy required for fishing which will allow more actions without needing to restore energy using food.
How to Fish
Casting anywhere into water can hook a fish, but specific (and more valuable) fish types can only be caught in 'Pools' which appear as ripples. Different colored pools denote rare potential fish.
To cast into a pool the player must position themselves so they are facing it, then charge the cast so the line drops into the pool area. If it 'attaches' to the pool the line will appear in the center of the ripple.
When a fish bites a circle will shrink around the ripple, when it enters the colored zone it will turn from white to green. When it's green, tap the action button to hook the line. If you miss the hook the fish will release (but still remain available to catch again). Some higher level fish require hooking multiple times before being caught.
There's a rare chance when fishing that Red Algae will drop, which is a rare resource used to craft fishing bait. By using fishing bait, any cast into a white ripple will turn into a gold ripple.
When reaching level 2 Friendship with a villager (aside from Ariel or Ursula), they can be assigned a role. Villagers who have been assigned the Fishing Role will gain extra Friendship for every fish caught. They also have a chance to drop extra fish when any fish is caught while they're following. Extra materials they produce will be dropped on the ground, and can be picked up by running over them.
Each level of friendship increases the rate which extra materials will drop. It's not only effective for leveling up Friendship with these characters, but extremely helpful for offering bonus materials when fishing. Be sure to always bring a Companion along when fishing!
|Anglerfish||Bony fish with large mouths and sharp teeth!||Gold||1,500||+2,000||Forgotten Lands|
|Bass||Bass can be found just about everywhere in the Meadow.||None||25||+150||
|Bream||Silver-hued fish common in mountain streams.||Blue||280||+1,300||Peaceful Meadow|
|Carp||A common freshwater fish.||Blue||400||+800|
|Catfish||A large fish with cat-like "whiskers."||Gold||550||+1,200||Peaceful Meadow|
|Cod||A common fish that prefers cold water.||None||35||+150|
|Crab||A tough little crustacean with sharp claws.||Blue||600||+1,200||Frosted Heights|
|Fugu||These fish inflate themselves when threatened!||Gold||Rain||900||+1,700||Dazzle Beach|
|Herring||These silver darlings travel in great numbers.||White||65||+250|
|Kingfish||A mackerel found in warmer ocean waters.||Blue||450||+800||Dazzle Beach|
|Lancetfish||Long, slender fish with a large silver dorsal fin.||Blue||650||+1,300||Forgotten Lands|
|Lobster||Larger than crabs, but still with sharp claws!||Gold||950||+1,600||Glade of Trust|
|Perch||A rare fish found only in a special spot.||White||80||+400|
|Pike||An olive green fish found in lakes and rivers.||Gold||800||+1,500||Forest of Valor|
|Rainbow Trout||Its unique scales give the fish its name.||White||50||+300|
|Red Algae||This rare creeping algae can be found in bodies of water across Dreamlight Valley. You think it might be able to help improve your Royal Fishing Rod somehow.||None||150||
|Salmon||A common fish found just about everywhere!||White||150||+500|
|Seaweed||A type of algae found in the ocean.||None||20||+25||
|Shrimp||Crustaceans that eat food off the ocean floor.||Blue||300||+750||Dazzle Beach|
|Sole||A flatfish that is shaped like a tongue!||White||200||+500||Forgotten Lands|
|Squid||Famed for their large heads and eight arms.||Blue||500||+1,000|
|Swordfish||This fish can really get its point across.||Gold||700||+1,500||Dazzle Beach|
|Tilapia||A small fish often found in shallow rivers.||Blue||600||+1,150|
|Tuna||Large fish who make their home in the ocean.||White||95||+350|
|Walleye||Large brown fish found in fresh waters.||Gold||1,100||+1,700||Sunlit Plateau|
|White Sturgeon||These huge fish can live to be 100 years old!||Gold||1,200||+1,800||Frosted Heights|
Limited Time Fish
These festive fish are available December 18th - December 31st 2022. One of each type can be caught and catching each of them is a requirement of the seasonal task "Even Fish are Festive" which awards Santa Hat.
|Festive Anglerfish||Bony fish with large mouths and sharp teeth waiting under the mistletoe... Kiss at your own risk!||Red & Green||+2,000||Forgotten Lands|
|Festive Bass||Bass can be festive just about everywhere!||Red & Green||+150||Peaceful Meadow|
|Festive Fugu||These festive fish inflate themselves when threatened by a merry good time!||Red & Green||+1,700||Dazzle Beach|
|Festive Salmon||These festive fish will swim upstream to celebrate holidays with their family.||Red & Green||+500||Sunlit Plateau|
|Festive Squid||Famed for their large festive heads and eight arms to give great holiday hugs!||Red & Green||+1,000||Glade of Trust|