WOW Classic Fishing Guide

Author: WoWAnalytica
Posted: 16/06/2021

WoW classic Fishing guide

Welcome Heroes, to this extensive guide on leveling Fishing in World of Warcraft Classic. In this guide, we are going to walk you through the whole leveling process from 1-300 skill level, as well as point you towards the locations of appropriate trainers, whom you will have to visit in order to train in Fishing.

First of all, Fishing, unlike most professions we have discussed beforehand in other guides is a so-called secondary profession. It means that it can be learned by anyone, besides having two main professions. Other secondary professions include, cooking and first aid.

It may seem like a profession that you would not be interested in, since standing for a long amount of time, looking at the bobber, might not seem that fascinating or appealing to many, but it can be an interesting thing to do if you want to relax in between the usual action in the game. If that doesn’t sound convincing, it can also be quite lucrative, which we will explain a bit later.

Fishing, as you might probably easily deduce, allows you to catch different kinds of fish that can be found in Azeroth. Those can later be used for many purposes, the main of course being food, as they are part of most cooking recipes in the game, however, professions such as alchemy and even enchanting or tailoring require fish or other items caught by fishermen for some of their recipes.

Moreover, while as we have mentioned, fishing doesn’t require anything else in order to do it, it is a profession recommended especially to those who wish to level-up their cooking or alchemy at the same time, since this will provide them with many of the necessary ingredients.

Aside from the food aspect of it, as we have said before, this profession can be profitable if you devote some time to it. There are a few especially profitable items which can be gained from it. These are mostly either seasonal items or those used in alchemy and other professions. Some of those are for example:

  • Deviate Fish, which can be found in the Barrens and Wailing Caverns. However, be mindful that you need to find Schools of Deviate Fish in order to actually catch them from the oasis.
  • Golden Pearl, Black Pearl, Iridescent Pearl, and Small Lustrous Pearl, which like most all pearls can be obtained from Big-Mouth Clam, fished from any of the coastal waters. Although, these are considered rather rare drops so do not expect to get many.
  • Stonescale Eel, which are one of the better money makers, since they are necessary for most flasks which are staples of raiding. They can be caught by anyone who has at least 205 skill points in fishing, and what is more they can be fished only between: 6am-12pm; 6pm-12am; and 12am-6am.
  • Winter Squid, which can only be caught during real world winter, and is used to make Agility buff food – Grilled Squid. Selling it out of season can prove especially profitable so it might be a good idea to stock-up on those while you can.

Hence, as you can see this is a very versatile and useful profession that can be used by just anyone who has some time to spare or wants to make some money on the side without having to undertake any tiresome tasks, all of this while relaxing and having fun. If this interests you are going to be interested in the next part of this WoW classic Fishing guide.

WoW classic Fishing leveling guide

Before you start fishing you will want to obtain some basic equipment first, assuming of course that you have already learned Apprentice Fishing. In the beginning, you will want to buy a Fishing Pole, or if you can afford it a Strong Fishing Pole, which is a bit more expensive, but provides a +5 buff, which is especially helpful at the start of your journey.

Moreover, aside from various fishing poles, you also might want to consider getting some lures to help you get started and gain levels quickly in the beginning. We recommend for the purpose of making this WoW classic Fishing guide a bit faster, that you get some Shiny Bauble or Nightcrawlers, which both provide a 10-minute buff, +25 and +50 respectively.

The activity itself is quite simple, you just need to cast the line and then wait carefully observing the bobber and right-click on it when you see it moving in order to catch the fish.

Having said that, let us move on to the practical part of this WoW classic Fishing guide. Unlike most professions, all you need to know is which zones you should choose at which points of your leveling, since it does not matter where precisely you are, since the kinds of fishes generally caught in an area are determined by the level of the zone and remain the same throughout the whole zone. Hence, all you need is a body of water in a zone.

First of all, you want to head to any of the starting locations to get to 55 skill level. These are:

If you are part of the Alliance:

  • Dun Morogh
  • Elwynn Forest
  • Teldrassil

If you are part of the Horde:

  • Tirisfal Glades
  • Durotar
  • Mulgore

Using a lure at this point is going to be very helpful, since then you are going to catch actual fish and level up faster.

Keep fishing in any of those until you get there, and then head on to the next set to quicker level-up to 75. Although, you might get to that point in the starting zones, however, it would be optimal to head to one of the following zones:

If you are part of the Alliance:

  • Darkshore
  • Darnassus
  • Ironforge
  • Loch Modan
  • Stromwind City
  • Westfall

If you are part of the Horde:

  • The Barrens
  • Orgrimmar
  • Silverpine Forest
  • Thunderbluff
  • Undercity

Afterwards, you ought to visit a trainer and learn Journeyman Fishing, in order to continue leveling with this WoW classic Fishing guide.

Having done that, do head to one of the following zones, where you can get to level 150:

If you are part of the Alliance:

  • Ashenvale
  • Duskwood
  • Hillsbrad Foothills
  • Redridge Mountains
  • Wetlands

If you are part of the Horde:

  • Ashenvale
  • Stonetalon Mountains
  • Wetlands

Now, you will want to learn Expert Fishing, which can be obtained via the book – Expert Fishing - The Bass and You, which can be bought in Stranglethorn Vale. The precise instructions can be found in the next section of this WoW classic Fishing guide below.

Once you are an Expert Fisherman, head to one of the following zones to level up to 225:

For both, members of the Alliance and the Horde:

  • Alterac Mountains
  • Arathi Highlands
  • Desolace
  • Dustwallow Marsh
  • Stranglethorn Vale
  • Swamp of Sorrows
  • Thousand Needles

For the last step, first you have to become an Artisan Fisherman, by completing Nat Pagle’s quest, which we have described in the third section of this WoW classic Fishing guide.

Afterwards, to get the last points you are missing to get to the skill cap you should head to one of the following zones:

For both, members of the Alliance and the Horde:

  • Felwood
  • Feralas
  • The Hinterlands
  • Moonglade
  • Tanaris
  • Un’Goro Crater
  • Western Plaguelands

After fishing for a while you should reach the skill cap and finish your journey leveling Fishing, as well as probably relaxed quite a bit. We hope you had fun catching fish and wish you good luck in the future.

Fishing Trainer

The fishing trainers listed below can teach you Apprentice (1-75) and Journeyman (75-150) Fishing. Learning those skills is going to cost you, respectively, one and five silver coins. However, the higher levels such as expert and artisan fishing require other criteria to be met in order to learn the respective skills and be able to continue progressing with this WoW classic Fishing guide.


  • Androl Oakhand, who can be found in Rut'theran Village in Teldrassil (56, 93.6)
  • Arnold Leland, located near the Canal in the Trade District in Stormwind (45.8, 58.2)
  • Astaia, who can be seen around the Temple Gardens in Darnassus (47.6, 56.6)
  • Brannock: Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas (32.2, 41.6)
  • Donald Rabonne: Southshore, Hillsbrad Foothills (50.6, 61)
  • Grimnur Stonebrand: Forlorn Cavern, Ironforge (48.4, 6.4)
  • Harold Riggs: Menethil Harbor, Wetlands (8.2, 58.6)
  • Lee Brown: Goldshire, Elwynn Forest (47.6, 62.2)
  • Matthew Hooper: Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains (26.8, 50.4)
  • Paxton Ganter: Brewnall Village, Dun Morogh (35.6, 40.4)
  • Warg Deepwater: Thelsamar, Loch Modan (40.6, 39.6)
  • Myizz Luckycatch: Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale (27.6, 77)


  • Armand Cromwell: Magic Quarter, Undercity (80.8, 31.2)
  • Clyde Kellen: Brightwater Lake, Tirisfal Glades (67.2, 51)
  • Kah Mistrunner: Middle Tier, Thunder Bluff (56, 46.8)
  • Katoom the Angler: Revantusk Village, The Hinterlands (80.2, 81.4)
  • Kil'Hiwana: South of Blackfathom Deeps, Ashenvale (10.8, 33.6)
  • Killian Sanatha: Docks by Fenris Isle, Silverpine Forest (33, 17.8)
  • Lau'Tiki: South of Sen'jin Village, Durotar (53.2, 81.6)
  • Lui'Mala: Shadowprey Village, Desolace (22.6, 72.6)
  • Lumak: Valley of Honor, Orgrimmar (69.8, 29.6)
  • Uthan Stillwater: Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore (44.6, 60.6)
  • Myizz Luckycatch: Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale (27.6, 77)

Expert Fishing

This level of fishing can be learned by anyone with level 20 and 125 skill points in Fishing. In order to graduate from journeyman fishing you have to venture to Booty Bay and find Old Man Heming, who sells a book – Expert Fishing - The Bass and You for one gold coin. Using this item instantly provides you with a skill-up and increases your skill limit to 225.

Artisan Fishing

Obtaining the last level of Fishing is quite challenging and requires you to travel to Theramore in Dustwallow Marsh. There, as long as you meet the requirements of level 35 and 225 Fishing, you can get a quest from the famous Nat Pagle. The quest requires the players to obtain 4 rare fish:

  • Misty Reed Mahi Mahi, which can be caught in the Swamp of Sorrows, in the south-eastern area – Misty Reef Strand, which is located at around 90,72.
  • Feralas Ahi, which can be found in Feralas, in the River southeast of Dire Maul, the precise coordinates are 62,51.
  • Sar'theris Striker, which is located in Desolace, a little south of the Shadowprey Village, at 25,77.
  • Savage Coast Blue Sailfin, which can be fished in Stranglethorn Vale, just south of the Grom’gol Base Camp, precisely at 33,32.

It’s important to note that you do not need to find any particular pools, schools or locations in order to get these fish, you only need to be near the right coordinates, which we have provided you with. Once you are there you just need a few attempts and a little bit of patience until the fish bites. Having caught all of them, you can go back to Nat and hand in the quest to receive your new rank.

We sincerely hope that this guide helped you in achieving excellence in yet another profession with ease, and while expending as little time as possible in the process.

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