Leveling up Fishing the smart way

25 02 2010

Lets face it, leveling up fishing from 0-450 is a long, boring chore. That doesn’t mean it has to be a waste of time too. A recent change in Patch 3.3 to the mechanics of fishing allow you to level up in a useful, and profitable way.

Pools/Schools of fish are found in almost any body of water in the game. The trick is that you do not need a high level of skill to successfully fish out of a pool. That’s right, even with your fishing skill at 1, you can hook a fish from any pool.

So all you Level 80’s out there, you can work on your fishing skill while getting fish that are useful for your raid (Fish Feast) or will sell very well on the AH. Here’s the method I suggest:

  1. Level up your fishing skill to 100, either by fishing in your home city (Orgrimmar or Stormwind) or the Fountain in Dalaran. You should get to 100 pretty quickly, as it only takes 1-3 casts at lower levels to get a skill-up.
  2. Once you reach 100, head out to Outland, and start looking for some pools of fish. I suggest Zangarmarsh, in any of the big lakes, or Terokkar Forest.
  3. Fishing from an Outland pool gives you an approximately 4% chance to get a Curious Crate. These crates contain a very valuable item – Weather-Beaten Journal. This book will allow you to track fishing pools on your mini-map, and requires a fishing skill of 100 to learn. This is essential for quick fishing in Northrend.
  4. Once you have your Weather-Beaten Journal, head back to Northrend.
  5. Enable Fish Tracking in your mini-map.
  6. Start fishing from pools! I suggest Borean Tundra for Musselback Sculpin, Sholazar Basin for Nettlefish, Grizzly Hills for Glacial Salmon, and Dragonblight for Dragonfin Angelfish. Each of these fish is useful (the first three are ingredients for Fish Feast) or sells extremely well.
  7. Another excellent reason to level up your fishing by only fishing in pools is that you have a chance to fish up a Sea Turtle mount, which gives you the achievement Turtles All The Way Down.

If you have any questions about fishing, I very highly recommend that you head over to El’s Extreme Anglin’. It’s the best fishing guide out there.

Good luck, and happy fishing!