WoW Fishing Leveling Guide 1 - 700
Updated for Legion pre-patch 7.0.3
You'll discover that it requires a lot of patience and time to build your skill level up to the maximum level. You will have to catch about 3000 fish to get from start to finish.
You can skill up your fishing from 1 to 700 in any fishable water. This means you can stand in Orgrimmar all day long and get skillups on your fishing at the same rate as you would in a higher level zone. What decides your skillups is the number of successful catches. From level 1 to 75 you will get a skillpoint on pretty much every successful catch.
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Table of contents
How do you catch a Fish?
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Fishing Apprentice. Or you can learn fishing at your garrison's Fishing Shack.
If you fish at open water in Draenor, your first catch will be [Fishing Guide to Draenor] (can't get this at garrison's pond). Use this scroll, and it will put your maximum skill up to 700, so you don't have to visit your trainer again. If you are below level 90 and you can't start fishing at Draenor, then don't forget to visit your fishing trainer when you reach skill 75, 150, 225, 375, 450, and 525!
Go to the nearest water, find the fishing skill icon in your spell book (P) at the profession tab, drag this icon to somewhere on your action bar. Stand in front of the lake/river and press the fishing button. Mouse over the lure in the water, and when it splashes, right click on it. Repeat this several hundred times.
Where to fish?
You should level your fishing at Draenor, there you won't catch any junk even with Fishing skill 1. You will catch fish like [Small Fat Sleeper].
The higher your effective fishing skill, the more likely you are to catch larger sizes of fish like [Fat Sleeper]. Small, Normal and Enormous sizes will contain different volumes of Flesh (example: [Fat Sleeper Flesh]), and that Flesh will be used in cooking, alchemy, and in first aid recipes.
If you are not level 90, or you don't have access to Draenor, then you can simply fish anywhere else. You will mostly catch junk, but your fishing skill will increase if you catch something, it does not matter if it's a fish or some junk.
Important! Don't fish at your garrison's pond if you don't have a level 2 Fishing Shack. You can't catch normal sized fish with a level 1 Fishing Shack. And when you reach 600, you should leave your garrison unless you have a level 3 fishing building, else you can't catch Enormous size fishes.
Baits and filleting
The methods outlined below only apply to Draenor waters.
Each area of Draenor is associated with a different bait and fish. These areas are:
- Fire Ammonite - Frostfire Ridge inland
- Blind Lake Sturgeon - Shadowmoon Valley inland
- Jawless Skulker - Gorgrond inland
- Blackwater Whiptail - Talador inland
- Abyssal Gulper Eel - Spires of Arak inldand
- Fat Sleeper - Nagrand inland
- Sea Scorpion - fished in coastal ocean waters everywhere in Draenor
- Crescent Saberfish - Everywhere in Draenor (trash fish)
Baits are used to increase the chance to get a more valuable fish.
When you fish without bait, 70% of the catches will be [Crescent Saberfish] and 20% of the catches will be the area's named fish. But, with the appropriate bait, these percentages flip and 70% of the catches will be the area's named fish.
The bait will be caught alongside the fish, as a bonus item in the loot window (about 20% chance). Each type of bait is unique, which means you will not catch a second bait of the same type while you have one already in your inventory.
Example: Let's say you want to farm [Fire Ammonite]. First, you have to go to Frostfire Ridge, then start fishing in inland waters until you catch [Fire Ammonite Bait]. And then you just simply use this bait, and 70% of your catches will be [Fire Ammonite].
Caught fish must be gutted and cleaned before you can get the flesh. To filet the fish, just click on a stack of the same size and type of fish.
Fishing daily quest for faster leveling
If you have a level 94 character and you upgraded your Garrison's town hall to level 2, then you can complete a small quest to get a Fishing Shack at your garrison.
- Alliance: Accept Looking For Help from Ron Ashton and complete the quest chain.
- Horde: Accept Looking For Help from Ron Ashton and complete the quest chain.
After you completed the quest chain, you can get daily quests at your Fishing Shack. These daily quests give +15 fishing skill each day.
To complete the daily quests, you have to get 10 eggs from gutting fishes. I will use the Abyssal Gulper Eel daily quest as an example to explain how to get the eggs.
So, to complete this quest, you need 10 [Abyssal Gulper Eel Eggs] from Spires of Arak. You should always read the quest description to know which zone you should fish in, and it's always in-land waters, don't fish in the ocean because you will only get See Scorpion.
Go to Spires of Arak and fish until you get the [Abyssal Gulper Eel Bait]. Apply the bait and fish until you get 5 [Small Abyssal Gulper Eel] (if you have higher fishing skill, it will be 5 [Abyssal Gulper Eel] or 5 [Enormous Abyssal Gulper Eel]).
Gut 5 fish and pray that you will get 10 eggs from it because sometimes you only get 6-7, so you have to farm another stack of fish.