Fishing guide

Skyrim Anniversary Edition Fishing Guide

Fishing in Skyrim has finally arrived in the Anniversary Edition, with 20 new fish available to cook, ride, or turn into potions. It’s available if you own Skyrim Special Edition, so you won’t need to purchase the Anniversary Edition upgrade to access it.

Being able to eat your deadliest catch will come in handy in Survival Mode – one of the Creation Club content items included in the new edition – where you can spend the next ten years turning your home into a fancy aquarium. Here’s a list of Skyrim fish you can catch, where to catch them, and more.

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How to start fishing in Skyrim

Prior to this update, your only way to fish was to accidentally hit a fish with a weapon or grab it with your bare hands. You can now use fishing supplies. To get started, head to the fishing just west of Riften and talk to Swims-In-Deep-Water to learn more about the fishing, as well as Viriya, who is waiting outside. They each give you a quest, but talk to Swims-In-Deep-Water first as he will tell you about the fishing spots. There should be a door to the right where he sits that you can walk through to find the optional Fishing Mastery Book.

You will need to catch some fine weather fish as well as a juvenile mud crab, but you will need to try fishing for the first time first. Looking for fishing supplies, which look like a fishing rod and a bucket of fish. Pick up the rod and head to the weapons section of your inventory to equip it. Then interact with the fishing supplies to cast your line. You will see splashes appear in the water and then you will have to wait for the fish to bite your bait. If you are playing with a controller, you will feel it start to growl when you manage to catch a fish, then you will be prompted to coil it up.

However, you cannot fish just anywhere. There is fishing gear at Riften Docks and just outside Ivarstead and east at Gerimund’s Hall to get you started. Keep your eyes peeled for fishing supplies near bodies of water.

What is the fish for?

You can now use fish in cooking, alone or with other ingredients, to prepare healthy meals. You can also use fish on the Alchemy benches to mix new potions, with varying results. If you’ve built a Hearthfire house, you can also mount your fish on the wall or proudly display them in tribute aquariums at the Blathers Museum at Animal Crossing.

There will also be quests related to fishing. You will be able to get fishing orders and special requests for fish found in certain locations, such as underground ponds. There is an artifact called the Fang of Haynekhtnamet up for grabs for particularly skilled anglers, and it’s a nifty way to earn gold quickly early in the game.

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Skyrim Fish List: The New Fish We Know So Far

I haven’t found all of the fish yet, but here are the ones I know that came with the latest update:

  • Juvenile mud crab
  • Carp
  • Glass fish
  • Goldfish
  • Pogfish
  • Angler larvae

I will add to this list as we catch more fish, so check back soon.


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