Fishing Guide for Season of Discovery (SoD) Phase 3

Fishing Guide for Season of Discovery (SoD)

Phase 3 of Season of Discovery brings the skill cap for professions to 300, allowing players to max out all of their crafting and gathering skills. For the Fishing profession, that means you’ll be able to cast your line anywhere in the world and catch any fish (or crate) you’re after.

Fishing Leveling & Trainers

Check out our Classic Fishing Guide for trainer locations, a leveling guide, and more. Everything in that guide applies to Season of Discovery. So far there have been no changes to the Fishing skill in SoD except for the level requirements for higher skill ranks (level 26 for Expert and level 41 for Artisan).

Learning Artisan Fishing

From Phase 3 on, players will be able to level their professions all the way to 300 skill, or Artisan level – the maximum skill for Vanilla WoW.

To reach 300 in Fishing you’ll first need to complete the quest Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme to learn the Artisan Fishing skill. This quest will send you to catch 4 different fish in locations all over the map. To pick up this quest, talk to Nat Pagle, who can be found on one of the small islands off the coast of Dustwallow Marsh, southwest of Theramore Isle (58.61, 60.06).

wow classic nat pagle dustwallow marsh

Phase 3 Fishing Equipment

Even with a skill level of 300, you will need to use a special fishing pole and lure to avoid catching junk in high level zones. The highest level fishing areas require a total Fishing skill of 425.

In addition to poles and lures, which we’ll cover below, here are a few items that can increase your Fishing skill. Check out our Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Extravaganza Guide for a complete guide to the competition, which is where you will get all of the best fishing items.

Item
Skill Bonus
Skill Required
Source
+2
+5
150
Rare Fish – Dezian Queenfish
Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Tournament
+5
1
Rare Fish – Keefer’s Angelfish
Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Tournament
+5
1
Rare Fish – Brownell’s Blue Striped Racer
Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Tournament
*The fishing line applies its bonus permanently to your fishing pole when used

Fishing Poles

The Arcanite Fishing Pole is the best fishing pole in the game, but it can only be obtained by winning the Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Tournament. The next best option for Horde is Nat Pagle’s Extreme Angler FC-5000 from the quest Snapjaws, Mon! in The Hinterlands. Alliance players will have to settle for the Big Iron Fishing Pole. You can get it by opening a lot of Shellfish Traps in Desolace or from the Auction House.

Fishing Pole
Skill Bonus
Skill Required
Source
+35
300
Master Angler
Stranglethorn Vale Fishing Tournament
+25
100
Snapjaws, Mon!
Quest in The Hinterlands
+20
100
Looted from Shellfish Traps in Desolace
+15
50
Low chance of catching while fishing
+5
10
Fishing Supplies Vendors
+3
1
Fishing Supplies Vendors

Fishing Lures

For bait, you have plenty of options depending on your current skill level. Aquadynamic Fish Attractor is the best choice and can be made with Engineering or purchased on the Auction House, or occasionally bought from vendors.

Lure
Skill Bonus
Skill Required
Source
+100
100
Fishing Supplies Vendors
Or Engineering
+75
100
Looted from Rotted Ones in Duskwood
+75
100
Fishing Supplies Vendors
+50
50
Wow Alliance Crest Electropellers
Quest in Darkshore
+50
50
Fishing Supplies Vendors
Looted from many undead mobs
+25
1
Fishing Supplies Vendors

Phase 3 Fish to Farm

So far, no new fish have been added in Season of Discovery, but there are some items that are used to obtain Rune Engravings which can be caught with the Fishing skill as an alternative to other methods. Otherwise everything is the same as in Vanilla World of Warcraft except for the level caps.

Junk pools can be very profitable to fish from since they will net you everything from BoEs to high-level crafting materials to Rumsey Rum Black Label. Deviate Fish are always in demand for their fun effects – see our Deviate Fish Guide for a list of effects and where to fish. The most valuable fish for Cooking is Raw Nightfin Snapper. There are also some fish that are valuable for use in Alchemy recipes: Firefin Snapper, Oily Blackmouth, and Stonescale Eel.

Winter Squid can only be caught between the Fall and Spring Equinoxes, so they aren’t currently available in the game.

Here are the most valuable items you can fish for in Phase 3 of Season of Discovery:

Item
Used For
Best Place to Fish
Pools in The Barrens
Inland lakes & rivers in level 40+ zones
Between 6PM & noon server time
Consumable
Consumable
Consumable
Anywhere in The Barrens
Anywhere
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
Anywhere in The Barrens
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
Coast of Azshara
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
Coast of Azshara
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
BoEs & Misc Crafting Materials
Coast of Wetlands
Coast of Azshara
Coast of Azshara
Coast of Azshara

 

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Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.
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Sam
Sam
5 months ago

What’s the best fishing pole we can realistically get? I had the same issue trying to get the Big Iron Fishing Pole.

Sam
Sam
Reply to  Luxrah
5 months ago

Seems that fishing pole is not reliably available from the Supplier in major cities. I’ve checked Darnassus and SW now and neither had it.

Simi
Simi
Reply to  Sam
4 months ago

I have purchased the +5 Fishing pole from the fishing supplies vendor in both Darnassus and in Rut’theran Village several times you just have to be lucky to get it when it pops as many are hunting it.

Dafishamon
Dafishamon
5 months ago

I have been farming traps successfully, but no rod yet. At around 50 shellfish. I got a random green drop. Is this a place holder for the rod or do they drop greens occasionally?

asdf
asdf
Reply to  Dafishamon
5 months ago

The +20 fishing rod exists. Took me around 3 hours to get one with a lot of dying.Good luck.

Funk
Funk
Reply to  asdf
5 months ago

I picked up 3 rods & sold them for 10 gold each yesterday, just a low drop rate

Fishy
Fishy
Reply to  Funk
5 months ago

Tanaris coast or another location?

Rex Armstrongh
Rex Armstrongh
5 months ago

I definitely got my +20 rod, worth farming every time

Goodkin
Goodkin
4 months ago

Great guide. FWIW, I’ve been fishing up Big-mouth Clam in The Shattered Strand in Azshara. I got Golden and Black pearls from them.

Ambition
Ambition
3 months ago

How come we cant get the Nat Pagle quest in phase 2? The reqs for it seems to just be lvl 35 and 225 fishing

staudd
staudd
5 months ago

For anyone trying to be cheeky like me and farm the Big Iron Fishing Pole with a level 1 character by opening the containers close to the coast – they have a chance to summon a mob. It sadly doesnt work.The coast in Tanaris right at Steamwheedle port is one of the best fishing spots for P1 crafting mats. Rum, clams and 4 different kinds of containers can be pulled in the same here.

Last edited 5 months ago by staudd
stee
stee
Reply to  staudd
5 months ago

So you’re thinking getting this fishing pole isn’t really realistic?

Kedi
Kedi
Reply to  staudd
5 months ago

Hey, I tried to fish the schools in tanaris as alliance with 150 fishing skill and Aquadynamic Fish Attractor. My fishing rod is only +5.. So I have 255 fishing skill and I missed a lot. What would you suggest?

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