Old School RuneScape Fishing Guide

Fishing in Old School Runescape: A Comprehensive Guide

Fishing, as a skill in Old School Runescape (OSRS), presents a range of experiences for players, from being the perfect activity to relax and unwind with, to a more click-intensive and engaging skill to train. This guide is designed to share the swiftest and most proficient ways to master the skill, alongside a range of alternative techniques that may be more tailored to your individual preferences.

Essential Fishing Equipment

Unless you choose to embrace the Barbarian method of catching fish with your bare hands, you will invariably need a fishing tool. The following list outlines the essential equipment for each method of fishing in OSRS:

  • Small & Big Fishing Nets: Essential for net fishing.
  • Fishing Rod & Bait: Used for bait fishing.
  • Fly Fishing Rod & Feathers: Required for fly fishing.
  • Lobster Pot: Necessary for cage fishing lobsters.
  • Harpoon: Needed for harpoon fishing.
  • Cormorant & Bait (King Worms or Fish Chunks): Essential for Aerial Fishing.
  • Barbarian Rod & Bait (feathers, fish offcuts, roe, caviar, or fishing bait): Required for Barbarian Fishing.

The Angler’s Outfit and the Spirit Angler’s Outfit

The Angler’s Outfit is an experience-enhancing gear that amplifies all your fishing experience by 2.5% when worn. Obtainable from the Fishing Trawler minigame, it can be worn starting from level 34. Although the time investment to acquire this set might seem disproportionate to the experience saved, in the long run, it proves valuable as it’s needed to complete specific master clue scroll steps and gain access to Minnows.

The Spirit Angler’s Outfit functions similarly to the regular Angler’s outfit, offering the same 2.5% boost to fishing experience. However, this set is obtained via the Tempoross minigame rather than the Fishing Trawler. It is advisable to acquire one of these outfits before venturing further in your OSRS fishing journey.

Rada’s Blessing

Completing tiers of the Kourend & Kebos diary escalates your chance of catching two fish at once, granting 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8% for each respective tier of the diary. Though this item doesn’t augment the fastest experience methods as no additional experience is given for the extra fish, it proves invaluable for alternative methods that are focused on passive profit.

Fastest Route to 99 Fishing

Outlined below is the most efficient path to attaining level 99 in fishing. All the quickest methods are contingent on your current fishing level.

Expedited Leveling: Questing from Levels 1-33

Leveraging quest rewards presents the most efficient means to bypass early fishing levels in OSRS.

Completion of Fishing Contest, Sea Slug, and the Pirate Pete sub-quest from Recipe for Disaster will award you with 10,612 fishing experience, pushing you to level 27 with minimum requirements.

If you wish to accelerate your progress further, completing Tai Bwo Wannai Trio and The Fremennik Trials offers a solid and efficient way to reach level 33, albeit with slightly higher requirements.

The journey to level 99 fishing is no small feat, but with efficient methods, it becomes significantly easier. Here’s a look at the best fishing techniques based on levels in OSRS:

Fly Fishing: Levels 20-47/58

Fly fishing, primarily for trout and salmon, offers the quickest fishing experience up until level 58. It requires a fly fishing rod and feathers. To maximize your hourly experience, use tick manipulation tactics. The method revolves around a 3-tick cycle, which requires a herb and tar or a knife and teak/mahogany logs. The method is simple: catch fish, initiate 3-tick cycle, drop fish, and click the fishing spot.

Avoid banking the fish, as they have low value and significantly decelerate experience rates. With tick manipulation, experience rates can peak at about 65,000 per hour at level 58, so your levels should rise relatively fast.

Drift Net Fishing: Levels 47-58/99

Drift net fishing is a superior method for training both fishing and hunter skills concurrently. It’s not the best for long-term fishing experience but works well from fishing levels 47-58. This method is performed underwater on Fossil Island, requiring completion of the Bone Voyage quest. Your task is to herd fish shoals into drift nets, which can be done using a trident.

Experience rates at level 50 fishing are around 64,000 per hour, considerably better than fly fishing.

Barbarian Fishing: Level 58-99

From level 58, 3-tick Barbarian Fishing becomes the fastest fishing method. To use this method, players must complete a portion of Barbarian Training and have 30 Agility/Strength to catch leaping salmon, and 45 Agility/Strength to catch leaping sturgeon. This method provides a modest amount of additional strength and agility experience, making it efficient for training fishing to 99 on low-level beginner accounts.

However, if agility/strength experience isn’t a priority, it’s advisable to switch to 2-tick tuna and swordfish at level 71. To reach optimal experience rates, use 3-tick fishing techniques.

2-tick Tuna & Swordfish: Levels 71-99

2-tick harpoon fishing for Tuna and Swordfish offers the fastest fishing experience in OSRS. Using a crystal harpoon, players can anticipate rates of up to 135,000 per hour at level 99, starting from approximately 87,000 per hour at level 71 and progressing to 115,000 at level 85. To make this method effective, tick manipulation must be applied. The method may seem complex initially, but once set up, it’s easy to follow.

Anglerfish: Levels 82-99 Anglerfish are also unlocked at level 82 and can be fished if you have 100% Piscarilius favour. They provide very low amounts of fishing experience. Around 12k exp per hour at level 82, scaling to around 18-20k at level 99. However, they are one of the best food to have in PvM situations. Meaning this method may be popular for ironmen accounts who want to sacrifice experience rates for high-tier food. Minnows: Levels 82-99 Minnows provide relatively low hourly fishing experience. However, they can provide some decent afk profit, as Minnows are exchanged for noted raw sharks. This also makes it a good alternative for Ironmen in need of a food source. The full anglers outfit is required for access to the Minnow’s fishing platform. Rada’s Blessing is also recommended as it increases minnows by 2% for each tier of diary completed. Infernal Eels: Levels 80-99 With access to Mor Ul Rek below Karamja, players will be able to find the Infernal Eel fishing spots. This provides around 35k fishing experience per hour. However, the method is mainly popular as you are not required to bank. Players can use a hammer to smash the infernal eels in exchange for Tokkul, Onyx bolt tips and lava scale shards. Making this method relatively AFK, with small levels of passive profit. Sacred Eels: Levels 87-99 The Sacred Eels are very similar to how the Infernal Eels. Both in terms of their functionality and benefits. Players with 87 fishing and access to Zul-andra (regicide quest requirement), can fish sacred eels. They provide relatively low rates of experience, topping out at around 25k per hour. However, they do also provide passive cooking experience of around 30,000 exp per hour. In addition to around 1,500 zulrah scales per hour which can be very useful for ironmen or as a passive source of profit, with very low levels of effort. Dark Crabs: Levels 85-99 For fishing dark crabs to actually be a viable method, you will need to complete the elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary. As this will provide free access to the Resource Area in the deep wilderness. Dark Crabs will also be caught at a far faster rate. Providing some decent profit per hour, with around 40,000 fishing experience per hour if you’re not distracted by PKers. Since this is a wilderness activity, bring no more than 4 expensive defensive items. The Dinh’s Bulwark should be a priority if you have it. Additionally, remember to always maintain your protect item prayer if you’re taking 4 items, you can drop down to 3 if you wish to be safe. Also, turn off left click attack player to avoid accidental skulling. Fishing Guild At level 68 players may enter the Fishing Guild. This is a boost-able requirement, so players with as low as 63 can theoretically enter the guild with a spicy stew boost. The Guild is located north of East Ardougne and slightly south-west of the Ranged Guild. When inside, players will experience a +7 invisible fishing boost. The Guild is home to its own bank and docks. The docks have about 11 cage and harpoon spots, 9 big net and harpoon spots, there is also the fishing platform where minnows can be fished.

Anglerfish: Levels 82-99

Anglerfish, unlocked at level 82, require 100% Piscarilius favor and offer low amounts of fishing experience—around 12k exp per hour at level 82, scaling up to 18-20k at level 99. However, anglerfish are one of the best food sources for player versus monster (PvM) situations, making this method popular for ironmen accounts willing to trade experience rates for high-tier food.

Minnows: Levels 82-99

Minnows provide relatively low hourly fishing experience but decent AFK profit, as they can be exchanged for noted raw sharks. This makes it a good alternative for Ironmen in need of a food source. Full angler’s outfit is necessary to access the Minnow fishing platform. Rada’s Blessing is also recommended as it increases minnows by 2% for each tier of diary completed.

Infernal Eels: Levels 80-99

Infernal eel fishing spots in Mor Ul Rek beneath Karamja offer around 35k fishing experience per hour. This method is popular because there’s no need to bank—you can use a hammer to smash the infernal eels in exchange for Tokkul, Onyx bolt tips, and lava scale shards. This makes it relatively AFK with modest passive profit.

Sacred Eels: Levels 87-99

Similar to Infernal Eels in functionality and benefits, Sacred Eels can be fished by players with 87 fishing and access to Zul-Andra (Regicide quest requirement). They provide relatively low experience rates (around 25k per hour) but offer passive cooking experience of around 30k exp per hour. Additionally, they yield about 1,500 Zulrah scales per hour, useful for ironmen or as a passive source of profit with low effort.

Dark Crabs: Levels 85-99

Fishing dark crabs can be a viable method if you’ve completed the elite tasks in the Wilderness Diary, granting free access to the Resource Area in the deep wilderness and faster dark crab fishing rates. It can provide decent profit per hour and about 40k fishing experience per hour if not interrupted by player killers (PKers). Since this is a wilderness activity, bring no more than 4 expensive defensive items. If you have it, the Dinh’s Bulwark should be prioritized. Maintain your protect item prayer if carrying 4 items and turn off left click attack player to avoid accidental skulling.

Fishing Guild: Levels 63-68+

At level 68, players can enter the Fishing Guild. This is a boost-able requirement, so players as low as 63 can theoretically enter the guild with a spicy stew boost. Located north of East Ardougne and slightly southwest of the Ranged Guild, the Guild provides a +7 invisible fishing boost. It features its own bank and docks with around 11 cage and harpoon spots, 9 big net and harpoon spots, and a fishing platform for minnows.

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