This Burning Crusade Classic Fishing leveling guide will help you to level Fishing from 1 to 375. 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 a lot of fish to get from start to finish.
If you haven't leveled Cooking yet, you should use my Fishing and Cooking leveling guide instead:
To learn Fishing, you need to reach level 5 and find a Fishing trainer.
Just click on any of these links below to see the trainer's exact location. You can also walk up to a guard in any city and ask where the Fishing trainer is, then the trainer will be marked with a red flag on your map.
1 - 75
- Open up your Spellbook (P).
- Click on the General tab on the top left side of your spellbook and look for the Fishing spell.
- Drag the Fishing spell on your action bar.
- Equip your Fishing Pole and apply the Shiny Bauble lure.
- Go to any starting zone and look for a lake, pond, or river. 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.
- Fish until you reach Fishing 75.
Starting zones: Azuremyst Isle, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Elwynn Forest, Eversong Woods, Mulgore, Teldrassil, Tirisfal Glades
Remember, starting zones do not include capital cities!
75 - 150
Go back to your trainer and learn Journeyman Fishing.
Fish until 150 in one of the capital cities:
- Stormwind City
- Thunder Bluff
Alternatively, you can fish in any of these zones: The Barrens, Bloodmyst Isle, Darkshore, Ghostlands, Ironforge, Loch Modan, Silverpine Forest, Westfall.
150 - 225
You can learn Expert Fishing from the Expert Fishing - The Bass and You book sold by Old Man Heming at Booty Bay in Stranglethorn. He is in the middle of Booty Bay at the very bottom part, near a fishing sign. (You can also buy it at the Auction House)
Go to Dustwallow Marsh, apply Bright Baubles to your Fishing Pole and fish until 225.
I recommend fishing in Dustwallow because the Artisan Fishing Quest starts there. But, you can fish in these zones too: Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Desolace, Scarlet Monastery, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, and Thousand Needles.
Learning Artisan Fishing
To complete the quest, you have to catch 4 quest-only fish from different locations.
- Feralas Ahi - Feralas
- Misty Reed Mahi Mahi - Swamp of Sorrows
- Sar'theris Striker - Desolace
- Savage Coast Blue Sailfin - Stranglethorn Vale
Use Bright Baubles when you are fishing in Feralas to stop the fishes from getting away. You don't need any lures for the other zones because your fishing skill is high enough at this point.
Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme quest
225 - 300
After you completed the quest, fish in any of these zones:
- Feralas (except Jademir Lake)
- The Hinterlands
- Un'Goro Crater
- Western Plaguelands
You will have to use Bright Baubles in these zones to stop the fishes from getting away!
300 - 350
You will need around 400 effective fishing skill (including bonuses from poles and lures) to stop fish from getting away in Zangarmarsh, so you will need to get one of these fishing poles:
- Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole (+20 Fishing) - Reward from the Rather Be Fishin' (level 62) quest in Terrokar Forest.
- Nat Pagle's Extreme Angler FC-5000 (+25 Fishing) - Reward from the Snapjaws, Mon! (Horde Only) quest in The Hinterlands.
- Big Iron Fishing Pole (+20 Fishing) - You can buy it from the Auction House. This one can be really expensive, so it's not always worth buying it.
If you couldn't get any of the fishing poles above, some of your fish will get away, and you will level a lot slower. So, you either fish in one of the previous Azeroth zones, or you can try to buy a bunch of Aquadynamic Fish Attractor from the Auction House and use them until you reach 325, then you can switch to Bright Baubles.
Fish in Zangarmarsh at these two lakes in the picture below until your base fishing skill reaches 350.
350 - 375
Fish in Terokkar forest in any water in the marked areas. Don't go to flying restricted areas or the lake near Shattrath City because they require a lot higher fishing skill!
You could also stay in Zangarmarsh until 375, but you will get more valuable fish in Terokkar, so I recommend switching to Terokkar at around 350.