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Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod.png
"Go fishing. For fish."
Twigs.png × 2Silk.png × 2
Icon Survival.png
Science Machine.png
4.25 (each hit will consume 4 normal uses)
9 uses
Allows the player to catch fish and trinkets (Oasis).
Stacks up to
Does not stack
Wilson Portrait.png
Hook, line and stick!


Willow Portrait.png
Fishing for the answer with a hook, line and sinker.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is for get fishy from pond place.


Wendy Portrait.png
With this, I can yank the fishies out of their precious safe pond.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
I've read all about fishing. It should be a snap.


Woodie Portrait.png
I should spend some time at the lake.


Waxwell Portrait.png
I will eat for a lifetime.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
I'm a ruthless fisherwöman.


Webber Portrait.png
I miss grandpa's fishing trips.


Walani Portrait.png
Have rod, will travel.


Warly Portrait.png
I believe I prefer the fish market.


Woodlegs Portrait.png
'Tis a useful tool.


A Fishing Rod is a Survival item used to catch Fish or Eels at a Pond. It requires 2 Twigs and 2 Silk to craft and a Science Machine to prototype. The Fishing Rod can be used to catch up to 9 fish/eels before breaking. Fishing does not count towards Naughtiness, so the player is in no danger from Krampus.

The Fishing Rod can also be used to catch Flotsam from the coast, which returns various resources and Trinkets. This action also degrades the Fishing Rod.

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Ponds can be found in any part of the map, but they are most common in Marshes, Forests, and Grasslands. To begin fishing, drag and drop the Fishing Rod on the pond or equip the rod and click the pond, and the character will cast a line into the pond. After 5–40 seconds, the line will tug and the "Hook" option will appear. Clicking the left mouse button on the pond will hook the fish, and an additional click will reel it in.

If the player does not reel the fish in shortly after "Reel in" appears after "Hook", the fish will escape and the Fishing Rod will be lost. The player can stop fishing any time by walking away or clicking the pond again.

The time required for the fish to bite depends on the amount of fish remaining in the pond. It will require a minimum of 5 seconds when the pond has maximum amount of fish. As more fish are caught, the time will increase to 5 + 35 * (percentage of the pond fished). For example, if half of the fish in a pond are caught, the next fish will take 22.5 seconds to bite. Fish respawn in ponds over time. After the last fish has been caught, any fishing attempts started before a new fish spawns will never catch a fish. In other words, there must be at least one fish remaining when the fishing is started for any fish to be caught.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Shoals and Tidal Pools can also be fished, both yield Tropical Fish.

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  • When trying to fish in surface Ponds, dangerous creatures will be present depending on the time of day. Grasslands Ponds will have Frogs during the day time, and Marsh Ponds will have Mosquitos during dusk and night.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • Sometimes a glitch occurs where the fishing hooks ends up in the ground instead of the pond, depending on the direction the player is facing and proximity to the pond. This can be fixed by changing the position where the player was fishing.
  • Sometimes if a fish is reeled in but the character tried to pick up another item before it hits the ground the fish will disappear.

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