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Fishing is just one of the many activities you can partake in Story of Seasons. There are two ways that you can fish: one is to use the fishing rod (acquired from Otmar at the end of spring, and the other method is to go diving for them in the rivers.

Fishing Rod

Otmar will present a basic fishing rod after 30 Spring Year 1 when you enter the General Store.

You can upgrade the basic rod to the sacred rod (get the blueprint from Tropical Country, requires: 1 basic rod, 3 bamboo, 1 yarn plus and 1 silver).

Fishing with bait

To use bait, just equip it and press "A" on the fishing decks before fishing. Different bait has different effects. To make the baits, just head to Otmar's General Store with different kinds of fish and he will do it for you with a small fee.

The available baits:

  1. Bait: 2 small fish, 100G
    • Increase fish bites by 10%
  2. Refined Bait: 2 prawn, 2 crab, 500G
    • Increase fish bites by 20%
  3. King Bait: 1 shellfish, 1 small fish, 1 medium fish, 1 large fish, 1000G
    • Increase fish size by up to 20cm
  4. Magic Bait: 1 prawn, 1 crab, 1 medium fish, 1 large fish, 2000G
    • Increase fish star rank by up to 2 stars

Fishing vs Diving

For diving, there is a limit on the number of items you can find within each area per day. In Oak Tree Town, each riverway is split into 2 parts, east and west. Within each part, you can dive to find up to 3 items, so a total of 6 items per waterway per day. There is no limit to the number of fishes/items catchable per day with fishing rods. There are certain items and fishes which can only be found with diving. Likewise, there are certain fishes with can only be caught with the rod.

Fish caught by diving with only give 1/2-1 star fish whereas rod-fishing allows catching fish with various star qualities and improves with fishing rank, bait and the type of rod used.

Fishing Hatchery

Swim to the Piedmont hatchery area and press "A" to open the inventory. Place the hatchery there and place a fish or clam in it. The fish will gradually multiply up to 10 fishes. Feed the fish everyday to increase their star rank. The clams produce pearls.

The hatcheries may break if it's overloaded so do keep an eye on it and don't keep it full all the time to avoid losing valuable fishes.

Fishing list

Sunnyside Farm

Fish Category Rod Season Notes
Arowana Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Beltfish Fish (L) Sacred Summer/ Fall
Carp Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Char Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer
Cherry Trout Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer
Honmoroko Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter
Keiji Salmon Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Killifish Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Lake Prawn Prawn Basic Fall/ Winter
Large Crucian Carp Fish (L) Sacred Winter
Large Sea Bass Fish (L) Sacred Spring/ Summer
Large Snakehead Fish (L) Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Large Trout Fish (L) Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Mackerel Sacred Fall/ Winter
Minnow Fish Basic Spring/ Winter
Needlefish Fish (M) Basic Summer/ Fall
Pufferfish Sacred Winter
Salmon Fish (L) Basic Summer/ Fall
Sardine Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Sea Bass Fish (L) Basic Spring/ Summer
Small Char Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer
Small Cherry Trout Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer
Small Trout Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Small Sweetfish Fish (S) Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Small Willowfish Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter
Sweetfish Fish (M) Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Snakehead Fish (M) Basic Summer/ Fall
Trout Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Willowfish Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter
Red Freshwater Crab Crab Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Blue  Freshwater Crab Crab Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Ancient Fish Fossil Item Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Bottle Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Boot Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Empty Can Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Fish Bone Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Triton's Trumpet Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Twig Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Pebble Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Shiny Coin Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter

Riverside Pasture

Fish Category Rod Season Area
Beltfish Fish Sacred Summer/ Fall
Bonito Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Catfish Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter South
Carp Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Char Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer South
Flying fish Fish Basic Spring
Freshwater Prawn Prawn Basic Spring/ Summer
Goby Fish Basic Fall/ Winter
Halibut Fish Sacred Spring/ Winter South
Honmoroko Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter South
Huchen Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North
Killifish Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall South
Lake Prawn Prawn Basic Fall/ Winter
Large Crucian Carp Fish Sacred Winter South
Large Sea Bass Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer
Large Trout Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North
Mackerel Fish Sacred Fall/ Winter
Marsh Shrimp Prawn Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Minnow Fish Basic Spring/ Winter
Mitten Crab Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North
Moray Eel Fish Sacred Spring/ Winter
Needlefish Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Pale Chub Fish (S) Basic Winter
Pike Fish (M) Basic Fall
Pufferfish Fish Sacred Winter
Salmon Fish (L) Basic Summer (Typhoon)/ Winter
Sculpin Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter South
Sea Bass Fish (L) Basic Spring/ Summer (Typhoon)
Sea Bream Fish (L) Basic Spring/ Summer (Typhoon)/ Winter South
Small Carp Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North
Small Char Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer
Small Crucian Carp Fish (S) Basic Winter South
Small Goby Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter
Small Trout Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Small Sweetfish Fish (S) Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Small Willowfish Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter
Snakehead Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall South
Sturgeon Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter South
Tiger Prawn Prawn Basic Spring/ Summer
Ancient Fish Fossil Item Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Black Branch Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Black Rock Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Branch Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Bottle Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Boot Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Coin Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Empty Can Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Rock Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Fish Bone Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Shiny Coin Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Twig Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Pebble Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Triton's Trumpet Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Venux Comb Murex Item Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North

Piedmont

Fish Category Rod Season
Beltfish Fish Sacred Summer/ Fall
Bonito Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Conger Eel Fish Sacred Summer/ Fall
Crucian Carp Fish Basic Winter
Flounder Fish Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Freshwater Prawn Prawn Basic Spring/ Summer
Honmoroko Fish Basic Fall/ Winter
Killifish Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Large Sea Bass Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer
Longtooth Grouper Sacred Winter
Marlin Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Moray Eel Sacred Spring/ Winter
Octopus Sacred Spring/ Summer
Pike Fish Basic Fall
Pollock Fish Sacred Winter
Red King Crab Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Salmon Fish (L) Basic Summer (Typhoon)/ Fall
Sardine Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Sea Bass Fish Basic Spring/ Summer (Typhoon)
Sea Bream Fish Basic Spring/ Winter
Small Crucian Carp Fish (S) Basic Winter
Small Sweetfish Fish (S) Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Small Willowfish Fish (S) Basic Fall/ Winter
Snakehead Fish Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Spiny Lobster Sacred Winter
Squid Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall
Sweetfish Fish Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter
Tiger Prawn Prawn Basic Spring/ Summer
Tuna Fish Sacred Fall/ Winter
Willowfish Fish Basic Fall/ Winter
Ancient Fish Fossil Item Sacred Any
Black Branch Item Basic Any
Black Rock Item Basic Any
Branch Item Basic Any
Bottle Item Basic Any
Boot Item Basic Any
Coin, Shiny Coin Item Basic Any
Empty Can Item Basic Any
Rock Item Basic Any
Fish Bone Item Basic Any
Twig Item Basic Any
Pebble Item Basic Any
Triton's Trumpet Item Basic Any
Venux Comb Murex Item Basic Any

Safari

Fish Category Rod Season Area
Aligator Gar Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North
Anglerfish Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter Center
Black Bass Fish Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall All
Bluegill Fish Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall Center/ South
Carp Fish Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter All
Eel Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter North
Flounder Fish Basic Summer/ Fall/ Winter All
Halibut Fish Sacred Spring/ Winter Center/ South
Icefish Fish Basic Spring/ Winter Center/ South
Koi Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter South
Large Crucian Carp Fish Sacred Winter All
Large Loach Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer North/ South
Large Snakehead Fish (L) Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall All
Loach Fish Basic Spring/ Summer North/ Center
Longtooth Grouper Fish Sacred Winter All
Minnow Fish Basic Spring/ Winter North
Ocean Sunfish Fish Sacred Spring/ Summer North/ Center
Pale Chub Fish (S) Basic Winter Center/ South
Pollock Fish Sacred Winter All
Ray Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter Center
Small Loach Fish (S) Basic Spring/ Summer North
Small Trout Fish (S) Basic Any All
Smelt Fish (S) Basic Winter All
Snakehead Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall All
Softshell Turtle Kingfish Sacred Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter South
Spiny Lobster Sacred Winter North/ Center
ThreeLips Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall North/ Center
Trout Fish (M) Basic Spring/ Summer/ Fall/ Winter All
Ancient Fish Fossil item Sacred Any North
Black Branch Item Basic Any Any
Black Rock Item Basic Any Any
Boot Item Basic Any All
Bottle Item Basic Any All
Branch Item Basic Any All
Coin Item Basic Any All
Empty Can Item Basic Any All
Fish Bone Item Basic Any All
Old Coin Item Basic Any All
Pebble Item Basic Any All
Rock Item Basic Any All
Shiny Coin Item Basic Any All
Triton's Trumpet Item Basic Any North/ South
Twig Item Basic Any All
Venus Comb Murex Item Basic Any North/ South
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