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Catching Fish

Throughout the waterways of the island are fish you can catch. First, you'll need to get a fishing rod! As you go through the task of restoring the third tablet for the lighthouse, you'll rescue Cyril from the pains of hunger. In exchange for a tasty treat he'll give you a fishing rod. The next time you walk up to the edge of a water body, you'll see an action prompt to cast your line; the game will automatically equip the fishing rod when you select the fishing action.

Once your line hits the water you'll see fish shadows swimming about. On occasion you won't see any fish. When that happens, cancel your fishing action and recast your line. Eventually a fish will nibble on your line. Simply wait until you see a ! flash above your head, then press the action button on your controller of choice to reel in the fish. Larger fish take more button mashing than smaller fish.

You can also add bait to your fishing line. Using bait will encourage fish to bite faster, and some fish require certain baits to be attached before they'll bite your line. Sam sells Regular Bait for 10 G each. The other types of bait can be crafted using your farm Windmill, with the recipes unlocking as you complete Cyril's Country Life requests. You'll select the bait from your bag right before you cast your line. If you want to use a different bait, you have to completely back out of fishing (press the Cancel button until you can move again), then activate the fishing action again and pick a different bait.

The types of fish you catch will vary on the time of day and the season you're in. There aren't any fish that require specific outdoor weather before they can be caught.

Gus the Blacksmith has two fishing rod upgrades available in his shop:

The Master rod will randomly increase the number of fish you catch to two instead of just one fish, while the Glorious rod will upgrade that to three fish. The chance of catching more than one fish isn't very common though, as most of the time I'll only catch one fish.

Fish can be shipped via your shipping bin, sold to Sam, given as gifts, or even used as ingredients for cooking or windmill recipes. Bastian will buy some fish from you for a higher price than Sam pays, but the chef doesn't buy all of the available fish types in the game.

While you can fish at many water spots in the game, you won't find any fish if you cast your line when standing on the southern Beacon Island beach. For ocean fishing you first have to repair the pier by using 30 Material Stone, 5 Iron, 2 Mithril, and 5000 G. You can then cast your line when standing on the end of the dock. The pier just south of the lighthouse also needs repair before you can catch fish in that salt-water region, which costs 30 Hardwood Lumber, 10 Softwood Lumber, 5 Donkey Fur, and 5000 G.

Fish List

There's a total of 34 fish species. The in-game encyclopedia will show you a summary of each one after you've caught it, including its preferred season and time of day. If you are playing the Special Edition of Light of Hope, the encyclopedia will also list the largest size and smallest size of each fish type you've discovered.

The below information is what I've caught in the game. Some fish might appear in areas other than what I've confirmed.

Fish NameSeasonTime of DayLocationBaitSell Price

Rainbow Trout
Summer
Fall
6:00 am - 4:00 pmBeach Pier
Farm (Stream)
Lighthouse Pier
Mountain (Stream)
(None)Normal: 900 G
Bastian: 1350 G

Mosquitofish
All YearAll TimesEverywhere(None)Normal: 200 G
Bastian: No buy

Perch
All YearAll TimesBeach Central/Eastern (Stream)
Farm (Pond)
Mountain (Pond)
Mountain (Stream)
(None)Normal: 100 G
Bastian: 150 G

Yellow Perch
All YearAll TimesFarm (Stream and Pond)
Mountain (Stream and Pond)
(None)Normal: 200 G
Bastian: 300 G

Goby
Summer
Fall
All TimesBeach Central/Eastern (Stream)
Beach Pier
Farm (Stream)
Lighthouse Pier
Mountain (Stream)
RegularNormal: 600 G
Bastian: 900 G

Barbatus
Spring
Summer
Fall
6:00 am - 4:00 pmFarm (Pond)
Mountain (Pond)
(None)Normal: 2000 G
Bastian: No buy

Bullhead
Fall
Winter
4:00 pm - 5:00 amFarm (Stream)
Lighthouse Pier
Mountain (Stream)
RegularNormal: 1700 G
Bastian: 2550 G

Arowana
Fall11:00 am - 7:00 pmFarm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Pond)
GoodNormal: 2000 G
Bastian: No buy

Bluegill
Spring
Summer
Fall
11:00 am - 5:00 amBeach Central/Eastern (Stream)
Farm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Pond and Stream)
(None)Normal: 600 G
Bastian: 900 G

Crucian Carp
All Year6:00 am - 11:00 am
4:00 pm - 5:00 am
Beach Central/Eastern (Pond and Stream)
Farm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Pond and Stream)
(None)Normal:500 G
Bastian: No buy

Alligator Gar
Summer6:00 am - 4:00 pmMountain (Pond)TropicalNormal: 11,300 G
Bastian: No buy

Akame
Fall
Summer
7:00 pm - 5:00 amMountain (Stream, at the base of the waterfall)DelectableNormal: 8500 G
Bastian: No buy

Green Arowana
Fall11:00 am - 7:00 pmFarm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Pond and Stream)
ExcellentNormal:4700 G
Bastian: Nob buy

Banjar Arowana
Fall11:00 am - 7:00 pmFarm (Pond and Stream)GoodNormal: 11,300 G
Bastian: No buy

Golden Arowana
Fall11:00 am - 7:00 pmMountain (Pond)ExcellentNormal: 14,500 G
Bastian: No buy

Super Red Arowana
Fall11:00 am - 7:00 pmBeach Eastern (Pond)RagnarokNormal: 18,500 G
Bastian: No buy
The only spot I could find Super Red Arowana is the pond on the east edge of the Beach: Eastern area, between the gap in the map-edge fence. That one pond also has Banjar Arowana and Green Arowana.

White Crucian Carp
All Year6:00 am - 11:00 am
4:00 pm - 5:00 am
Beach Central/Eastern (Stream)
Farm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Pond and Stream)
RegularNormal: 1300 G
Bastian: No buy

Goldfish
Spring
Fall
6:00 am - 11:00 am
4:00 pm - 5:00 am
Mountain (Pond)GoodNormal: 4200 G
Bastian: No buy

Calico Goldfish
Summer
Winter
6:00 am - 11:00 am
4:00 pm - 5:00 am
Mountain (Pond)GoodNormal: 7600 G
Bastian: No buy

Spotted Gar
Summer
Fall
6:00 am - 7:00 pmFarm (Pond)TropicalNormal: 4000 G
Bastian: No buy

Black Bass
Spring
Fall
6:00 am - 4:00 pmBeach Central/Eastern (Stream)
Farm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Stream)
(None)Normal: 1000 G
Bastian: No buy

Tilapia
Spring
Summer
6:00 am - 7:00 pmBeach Pier
Farm (Stream)
Lighthouse Pier
Mountain (Stream)
(None)Normal: 400 G
Bastian: 600 G

Redbelly Tilapia
Spring
Summer
6:00 am - 7:00 pmBeach Pier
Lighthouse Pier
Mountain (Stream)
RegularNormal: 1000 G
Bastian: 1500 G

Arapaima
Spring
Summer
11:00 am - 7:00 pmFarm (Stream)
Mountain (Stream)
TropicalNormal: 12,700 G
Bastian: No buy

Piranha
All YearAll TimesFarm (Pond and Stream)
Mountain (Stream)
(None)Normal: 600 G
Bastian: 900 G

Piraya Piranha
All YearAll TimesFarm Pond
Mountain (Pond and Stream)
ExcellentNormal: 1600 G
Bastian: 2400 G

Electric Eel
Summer7:00 pm - 5:00 amBeach Central (Ponds)TropicalNormal: 18,000 G
Bastian: No buy

Tuna
Winter6:00 am - 4:00 pmBeach Pier
Lighthouse Pier
GoodNormal: 6000 G
Bastian: 9000 G

Sardine
All Year6:00 am - 4:00 pmBeach Pier
Lighthouse Pier
(None)Normal: 300 G
Bastian: 450 G

Cod
Summer
Winter
6:00 am - 4:00 pmBeach Pier
Lighthouse Pier
GoodNormal: 1300 G
Bastian: 1950 G

Sea Bream
Spring6:00 am - 4:00 pmLighthouse PierDelectableNormal: 2000 G
Bastian: 3000 G

Striped Beakfish
Fall6:00 am - 4:00 pmLighthouse Pier (Northern side)ExcellentNormal: 2000 G
Bastian: 3000 G

Righteye Flounder
Spring
Winter
6:00 am - 11:00 am
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Beach PierGoodNormal: 2500 G
Bastian: 3750 G

Olive Flounder
Fall
Winter
6:00 am - 11:00 am
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Beach PierRegularNormal: 2500 G
Bastian: 3750 G
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