For other uses, see Fishing.
"I haven't the heart to tell him there aren't any fish here anymore"

Fishing is an activity in The Elder Scrolls Online which can be performed at fishing holes found all over Tamriel. Players are automatically given a starter fishing pole which does not show up in the players inventory. Players only have to find the fishing holes and bait. When next to a fishing hole, activating it will start the fishing animation, which will end when the player has caught something. While fishing, the player cannot participate in other activities (such as chat or inventory management) without cancelling the attempt.


Fishing holesEdit

Fishing Holes can be found in most water sources across Tamriel. They appear as a small area of rippling water with fish jumping around in it. A fishing hole will provide a small number of fish or other items before it drys up and disappears. Currently, it is unknown how many fish a fishing hole can hold, whether all fishing holes hold similar amounts, whether fishing holes respawn in the same locations, or how long it takes for a fishing hole to respawn. While the player can use any bait at a fishing hole, the chances for catching a fish, or rare fish for the achievement, are increased significantly by using the appropriate bait types for the water type.

Water typesEdit

There are currently four types of water in Tamriel: Lake, River, Ocean, and Foul Water. Each type has its own type of fish, its own rare fish, and requires certain baits to be most effective.

  • Lakes can be found all over Tamriel and each has the chance to spawn fishing holes. Bait for lakes includes guts and minnows. The regular fish available in lakes are Spadetail, Silverside Perch, and Shad.
  • Rivers are found all over Tamriel and are usually connect to a lake or the ocean. Bait for rivers includes insect parts and shad. The regular fish available in rivers are Salmon, River Betty, and Fish Roe.
  • Ocean fishing holes can be found all along the coast and usually there is one near major city docks. Bait for oceans includes worms or chub. The regular fish available in oceans are Dhufish, Longfin, and Minnows.
  • Foul water is found in sewers, swamps, pools with bodies, and other polluted or tainted water sources in Tamriel. Bait for foul water includes crawlers and fish roe. The regular fish available in foul water are Slaughterfish, Trodh, and Chub.


Main article: Bait

Baits are items required to fish. They can be acquired by looting containers, harvesting resource nodes, killing various creatures, and fishing.

Image Name Used in Source
SimpleBait Chub Ocean Fishing in the Foul Water
Crawlers Crawlers Foul Non-flying arthropods, undead, plant resource nodes
FishRoe Fish Roe Foul Fishing in the River
InsectParts Insect Parts River Flying arthropods
Guts Guts Lake Small animals, undead
Minnow Minnow Lake Fishing in the Ocean
Shad Shad River Fishing in the Lake
SimpleBait Simple Bait None Bought from merchants
Worms Worms Ocean Undead, plant resource nodes


Each fishing attempt can yield any of the following:

Rare fishEdit

Main article: Fish (Online)

Each region of Tamriel has twelve rare fish. Catching all the rare fish in a region will reward and achievement and doing so in every region of Tamriel will reward an achievement and the title Master Angler. Each water type in the zone will have 3 rare fish associated with it. For instance, you will find Muskie, Blackspotted Pike, and Shimmerpike by fishing in Rivers in Auridon, but not Oceans or Lakes. It has been stated that multiple people fishing at the same hole will increase the chances of finding a rare fish however it will also cause the fishing hole to dry up faster. There was a bug where the player was unable to loot the rare fish, but this has now been patched.

Uses for fishEdit

Fish were originally included as provisioning and alchemy ingredients, however that use was removed early in the Beta. Currently, they are listed as trophies and provide a small amount of gold when sold to vendors. They can also be used to create "fish," a provisioning ingredient, by selecting the "Use" option in the inventory, as well as a chance to find Perfect Roe.

"common" fish sell for 3 GoldIcon each.


  • Players have reported that fishing in Stonefalls has a very small chance to reward the player with Trueflame, Nerevar's blade that was lost during the Battle of Red Mountain. However, this occurrence is extremely rare and the blade cannot be traded once acquired. It is unknown why this was included in the game, as Trueflame was broken into three pieces and scattered during the Battle of Red Mountain, yet you can acquire it whole.confirmation needed
  • With 1.3.3 patch Used Bait is no longer listed as bait. If you get used bait, it means you are using the wrong bait for the location. It's been suggested elsewhere to use Simple Bait if you don't know what type of watering hole you're at until you catch a fish, then swap to the appropriate bait.
  • Simple Bait is regarded as a poor investment, because it costs 15GoldIcon each and the fish you catch with it are only worth 2–5 GoldIcon each.


This section contains bugs related to Fishing (Online). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • When fishing rare fish, they will not enter your inventory after being looted. However, they will still count towards the achievement in your journal.
    • Since updated in the 1.3.3 patch. They now enter inventory and can be sold for around 110g. Though "green" fish sell for 36 gold.