Free-to-play Fishing training

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This article is about non-members methods of training the Fishing skill. For members' methods of training Fishing, see Pay-to-play Fishing training.

This guide describes the most effective free-to-play methods to train the Fishing skill. A gathering skill which involves obtaining raw fish from fishing spots, Fishing requires a range of tools such as crayfish cages and fishing rods, most of which are already stored in a player's tool belt upon their account being created. Catching some kinds of fish also requires players to use various types of bait, one of which is used up each time that a fish is caught. Levelling up the Fishing skill increases the rate at which players catch fish and gain experience while fishing. As players level up, they also gain the ability to catch fish which award greater amounts of experience when they are caught.

The experience rate estimates in this guide do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience. They also assume that players are not banking the raw fish that they catch to increase experience rates. Players using the Evolution of Combat mode can drop raw fish by adding the raw fish to their action bar and pressing the associated keybind to drop the fish. As opposed to dropping items directly from the inventory using their right-click drop option, dropping raw fish via the action bar does not interrupt fishing. However, due to the release of the members-only Player-owned farm, where raw fish can be fed to dragons, the demand increased and now many raw fish are worth significantly more and it may be worthwhile to bank them if feasible.

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Useful equipment[edit | edit source]

Shark outfits[edit | edit source]

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Parts of shark outfits could be won as a prize from Treasure Hunter between the 26 March and 30 March 2015. Because of their limited nature for non-members, these outfits are rare among them and shouldn't be considered essential. However, non-members may still obtain the outfit by redeeming a bond for a trader summoning stone and exchanging bonus experience for outfit pieces.

The shark outfit, burnt shark outfit and tiger shark outfit consist of head slot, body slot, leg slot, hand slot and feet slot items. When wearing a complete version of any of these three outfits, players gain the following bonuses:

  • Ability to toggle between receiving fish while fishing, or having fish be destroyed as they are caught (via a right-click option on the head slot item).
  • Chance of catching a fish is increased by 5%.

Players who won all pieces of the shark outfit, burnt shark outfit and tiger shark outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the fury shark outfit. This outfit gives superior benefits to those given by the other shark outfits. Players gain the following bonuses from a fury shark outfit:

  • Ability to toggle between receiving fish while fishing, or having fish be destroyed as they are caught (via a right-click option on the head slot item).
  • Chance of catching a fish is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other shark outfits).
  • 10% chance of catching two fish at once while fishing, giving double experience.
  • 50-60% chance of not using up bait when a fish is caught.

Urns[edit | edit source]

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Urns can be used to gain additional Fishing experience while training. Due to their relatively high cost per xp for what is a relaxed gathering skill, they are only recommended for more wealthy players looking for maximum xp per hour.

When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player catches fish. Only base experience gains counts towards filling the urn. Full urns can be teleported away to receive additional experience, equivalent to 20% of the Fishing experience gained while filling the urn. Only one urn is filled at a time, though players may own up to a total of 10 full urns. If a player owns 10 full fishing urns they must teleport at least 1 away before they can fill more urns. Urns are only tradeable in their (nr), non-runed, forms. In order to use a fishing urn the player must add a water rune to it; this makes the urn untradeable.

Name Crafting level required to add rune GE price of non-runed urn Charges gained from Type of fish Experience required to fill Experience gained from teleporting
Cracked fishing urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cracked fishing urnCracked fishing urn 2 1,636 Fish up to and including level 10 Raw shrimps
Raw crayfish
Raw minnow
Raw sardine
Raw herring
750 150
Fragile fishing urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fragile fishing urnFragile fishing urn 15 1,258 Fish up to and including level 30 The above, plus:
Raw anchovies
Raw trout
Raw pike
Raw salmon
1,750 350
Plain fishing urn.png: RS3 Inventory image of Plain fishing urnPlain fishing urn 41 2,786 Fish up to and including level 50 The above, plus:
Raw tuna
Raw lobster
Raw bass
Raw swordfish
2,500 500

Magic notepaper[edit | edit source]

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Instead of dropping fish or sacrificing experience rates to bank them, players may opt to use magic notepaper to instantly note raw fish in their inventories. This will result in less profit per fish than regular banking, but will allow for optimal experience rates to be maintained. Each raw fish noted will use up 1 magic notepaper, so subtract the current Grand Exchange price of the notepaper (486) from the price of the fish(es) you are gathering to find out the potential profit.

Methods[edit | edit source]

Summary[edit | edit source]

See here to calculate how many raw fish will be obtained during training.

Levels Method Experience per hour With Fishing urns
1-20 Crayfish 11,500 13,800
20-99+ Fly fishing 17,000-67,000 20,400-80,400

Levels 1-20: crayfish[edit | edit source]

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At level 1 Fishing players should begin catching raw crayfish. Fishing crayfish gives around 11,500 Fishing experience an hour between levels 1 and 20 Fishing. Assuming a player has no previous experience in the Fishing skill, they should be able to achieve these levels in around 23 minutes. Locations to catch crayfish include east of Lumbridge church and along the northern shore of the lake in Taverley, near Nicholas Angle. No bait is required when catching crayfish.

Levels 20-99+: fly fishing[edit | edit source]

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At level 20 Fishing players should start training by fly fishing raw trout. At level 30 Fishing players gain the ability to catch raw salmon and will begin to catch a mixture of both trout and salmon while fly fishing. This gives between 17,000 and 67,000 Fishing experience per hour, with level 20-99 Fishing. Feathers, costing 17 each when bought from the Grand Exchange, are the required bait for fly fishing. Lumbridge Fishing Supplies and Gerrant's Fishy Business both carry a stock of 1000 feathers that they sell for 6 each and restock every 24 hours. There are several locations where players can fly fish trout and salmon, including east of Gunnarsgrunn and at the River Lum in Lumbridge. To fly fish, players must use the “lure” option, as opposed to the “bait”, on fishing spots found in these locations. For players wishing to bank their fish, a bank chest can be found at the Lumbridge Market near the Lumbridge fly fishing spot, though this is not recommended as it decreases the amount of Fishing experience that can be gained an hour.

Level Experience per hour (fly fishing) With Fishing urns
20 17,000 20,400
25 19,000 22,800
30 30,000 36,000
35 34,000 40,800
40 36,000 43,200
45 39,000 46,800
50 42,000 50,400
55 46,000 55,200
60 50,000 60,000
65 55,000 66,000
85 63,000 75,600
90 67,000 80,400
95 67,000 80,400
99 67,000 80,400

Alternative methods of gaining experience[edit | edit source]

Giant Oyster[edit | edit source]

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Giant Oyster is a monthly Distraction and Diversion that can be completed by players who have finished the Beneath Cursed Tides quest. Players can return to Tutorial Island by speaking to Wizard Myrtle. Once in the area, fish from the Fishing spot to obtain a sea cucumber. While attempting to fish the sea cucumber the player will gain Fishing experience, dependent on their Fishing level, 30 times. Players can gain up to 6,966 experience per attempt, at level 99 Fishing, giving a total of up to 208,980 experience for using the Fishing spot 30 times. This activity can be completed in approximately 1-2 minutes. Unlike members, free-to-play players may only gain the experience reward from this activity.

Quests for Fishing experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
Other requirements
Beneath Cursed Tides F2P icon.png 5,000 -
Total 5,000