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Fishing cape

Welcome to our Fishing guide for OSRS! This skill gives players the opportunity to catch various fish from all around Gielinor. As you progress in your fishing level, you’ll be able to catch a wider variety of fish, and you can catch them faster. The fishing skill works hand in hand with the cooking skill, as you can immediately cook the fish that you acquire, and not only get cooking experience, but also some food that can be later used or sold. Today, Ezrsgold team compiled the best ways to get to level 99 Fishing in OSRS. So, let’s jump into it!

One of the Best AFK Fishing Methods in 2024: The Lazy King’s Guide

“Lazy King” method, one of the best AFK fishing methods in 2024 – 40,000 Fishing XP/ Hour, allowing you to fish for swordfish for a whopping 30 minutes at a time without needing to bank!


Crystal or Dragon Harpoon
Cannonballs (minimum quality is fine)
Miscellania Teleport (through Player Owned House or Ring of Wealth)

(Optional) Fremmenyk Boots 4 for a shortcut to the docks
(Optional) Full inventory of Admiral’s pies for a +5 Fishing boost
(Optional) Bonecrusher necklace and prayer gear for extended Prayer renewal


• Set up your cannon inside the Miscellania castle room with the single woman inside. This will slowly decrease your approval rating.
• Head to the Miscellania docks and start fishing for swordfish with your harpoon.

You can afk fish for up to 30 minutes without having to worry about banking or dropping your fish.

Note: Your approval rating will slowly decrease while you fish. You can continue fishing until your cannon is almost depleted.

• Using a Miscellania teleport through your Player Owned House or Ring of Wealth will save you time getting to the docks.
(Optional) Wearing Fremmenyk Boots 4 can provide a small shortcut to the docks.
• Using a full inventory of Admiral’s pies will give you a +5 Fishing level boost, which can be helpful.
Wearing a Bonecrusher necklace and using prayer gear will extend the duration of your Prayer renewal, allowing you to AFK for longer.

Things to Keep in Mind:

• You can still catch Giant Swordfish using this method, although the exact drop rate is unknown.
• You can expect to get around 40,000 Fishing XP/ Hour with this method.
• You don’t need to use the best quality cannonballs, the minimum quality will work just fine.
• While this method is AFK, it will slowly decrease your Miscellania approval rating. You may not be the most popular ruler, but at least you’ll be getting some good fishing XP!

Note: Jagex has confirmed that you cannot get a pet swordfish using this method.

OSRS Fishing XP Quests

Because fishing in Old School RuneScape is considered to be one of the slowest skills, it is highly recommended that you quest your way through the early levels. Only completing the quest for the Sea Slug, for example, will get you all the way to level 24. Below is a list of all the quests that offer experience in fishing. Consider trying to complete some of them before or during your fishing adventure.

If you want to skip the boring quest grinds and want to jump straight into the Fishing action, head to our OSRS questing service.

Quests that provide fishing XP

Useful Items for Fishing

Angler’s Outfit

The Angler’s outfit is amazing; imagine an outfit you can wear that will give you an extra 2.5 per cent fishing experience forever. To get the full outfit, you’ll need to try your luck at either the minigame of Fishing Trawler, or by Ariel fishing. Now we’re not going to go into the ins and outs of the Fishing Trawler, we’re going to save that for another guide! If you have the outfit, you will have to meet the requirement of 34 fishing to wear it and enjoy its benefits. Just in case you just want to wear selected pieces, note that the hat gives an XP bonus of 0.4 per cent. The top gives an XP bonus of 0.8 per cent. The waders bring an XP bonus of 0.6 percent, and the boots carry an XP bonus of 0.2 per cent. Wearing them all adds an extra set bonus of 0.5 percent, which leads to a maximum set bonus of 2.5 percent.

Angler's Outfit

General Equipment

In regard to general fishing equipment, Fishing uses two types of equipment, which are divided into consumables and equipment. Consumables are used up for each fish caught at the cost of one item and are stackable while the equipment is non-stackable and reusable. The items are: For Net Fishing, the Small fishing net, which is not consumable. For Bait Fishing, the fishing rod, and some fishing bait. For Fly Fishing, the Fly-fishing rod and some feathers to act as bait. For Harpooning, Harpoon (or bare handed if you finished the barbarian Training Miniquest, or a barb-tail harpoon), which is not consumable. For Cage Fishing, the Lobster pot, which is not consumable. For Barbarian Fishing, the Barbarian Rod, and baits like fishing baits, fish offcuts, feathers, roe or caviar. For Aerial Fishing, there’s the Cormorant and usable baits like the king worms, and fish chunks.

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Fly fishing rod

Rada’s Blessing

In addition, you may want to receive the blessing of the Rada from the Kourend & Kebos diary for those players who are wanting to earn some money while fishing. The easy, medium, hard, and elite dairies all offer 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8% (respectively) at once to catch two fish. You’ll need to equip the blessing for it to take effect.

Rada's Blessing

Levelling Fishing

In this OSRS fishing guide, we provide you with two paths that you may want to go down (or mix and match to your liking). The first is the easy route that will get you to level 99 as quickly as possible. To those of you who want to make some profits, the second route is the profitable process. Regardless of which path you choose, you’ll be doing the same methods from levels 1 to 62.

Levels 1-20 – Fishing Shrimp/Anchovies

You will be fishing shrimp to kick off the long grind of fishing in this OSRS fishing guide, from level 1 through 20. Bear in mind, though, that at level 15 you’ll start catching the more advanced relative of the shrimp–the anchovies! You’ll need a small fishing net to capture these fish, and head to a good fishing spot. Draynor Village, as seen on the map below, is our personal favorite place to fish for shrimp and anchovies. Simply head north towards the bank if you want to bank the fish. Otherwise you can stick to dropping the fish until you reach level 20. Or, the Sea Slug Quest helps you to skip straight to level 24. You will need 30 fire making to start the quest and you will need to speak to Caroline, east of Ardougne, as shown on the map below.


Caroline Location

Levels 20-58 – Fly Fishing Trout/Salmon

At levels 20 to 58, away from shrimps and anchovies, you’ll be catching bigger types of fish: trout and salmon. Similar to how the anchovies were, at level 30 you’ll start catching salmon. You’ll need a fly-fishing rod, and feathers, to catch these fish. Travel over to any fly-fishing spot next. As seen on the map below, our personal preference is the place outside Barbarian Village. If you want to bank the fish, head east until you reach the bank of Varrock. If not, just dropping the fish and going to level 58 is also perfect!


Levels 58-62 – Barbarian Fishing

You will be doing Barbarian fishing from levels 58 to 62 before you go divide off into either the fast or profitable paths in this OSRS fishing guide. To fish here you will need to start the Barbarian Training fishing portion. Simply speak to Otto Godblessed at the place as indicated by the map to do so. You will also need 15 agility and 15 strength (recommended 45 agility and 45 strength when accessing higher tier fish). You’ll also experience Agility & Power as an added bonus! You’re going to need a barbarian rod (which you’ll get from Otto), and a stack of feathers, as your bait. Go to the Otto’s Grotto fishing spot to get started.

OSRS Barbarian fishing guide

There’s a rare trick that you might have heard of in Old School RuneScape, called 3-tick manipulation. You can dramatically speed up your fishing by taking fast enough actions within a tick (0.6 seconds)..Because fishing is typically a 5-tick action, tick manipulation can result in a 3-tick action, potentially increasing your experience by 67%. If you wish to use these dramatic boosts in fishing, let’s go through 3-tick fishing!

Next, you’re going to need your barbarian rod, feathers, any herb, swamp tar, and a pestle and mortar (we’re going to describe their use later). It’s smart to have a couple of extra herbs just in case you make a mistake. Below is an example of an inventory setup. You’ll need to use your herb on your swamp tar fast for Barbarian Fishing. When you see your animation beginning to crush up your herb, click on the fishing spot quickly, then repeat the process and drop the fish as you go. It can become very click intensive – so take breaks! From there, it’s just rinse and repeat until level 62 (or if you’re taking the quick method further).

3 Tick Fishing - most efficient OSRS fishing method

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Fastest way to traing Fishing in Old School Runescape

Levels 62-99 – Barbarian Fishing

To kick off this guide’s fast section while finishing it at the same time, from level 62 all the way to fishing mastery at 99, you’re going to do barbarian fishing once again. Bear in mind that at level 70, you’ll start catching the leaping sturgeon, increasing your rates of experience. If you have forgotten how to go about barbarian fishing, just scroll up!

Profitable way to train Fishing

Levels 62-82 – Fishing Monkfish 

You want to make some money, then? To begin this guide’s profitable portion, you will be fishing monkfish from levels 62 through 82. You’ll need just a small fishing net for this process. However, if you want to fish at Piscatoris (as we suggest because of the close proximity of a bank), you’ll have to complete the quest of the Swan Song. Use a Piscatoris teleport to get to the fishing spot, and head slightly northwest to the fishing spot, as seen in the map below. From there, all you need to do is fish away, and bank slightly southeast of the river.


OSRS Monkfish Location

Levels 82-99 – Fishing Minnows

To top this OSRS Fishing Guide, you’ll be catching minnows from level 82 through to level 99. Sadly, for this one you need an Angler’s outfit so if you forgot how to get one, scroll up to this guide’s ‘useful items’ part. Get a small fishing net with your Angler’s outfit and head over to the fishing spot. At the Fishing Guild, you’ll catch minnows.


You may have found that the minnows are untradable when you’re fishing minnows. And how can you make income from it? Simply speak to Kylie Minnow, who is going to buy your minnows for raw sharks at a cost of 40 minnows per shark, to start making money. If you don’t want to get the Angler’s uniform, feel free to stick to Monkfish fishing. It’s less gold per hour and less experience per hour, but it saves you all the effort to get the Angler outfit. Keep going until level 99!

OSRS Fishing Money Making guide

There’s a some good ways to make some money while fishing – let’s go through a few!

Firstly, there’s catching Karambwans, which grants about 255k GP per hour. At level 65 Fishing, and you can start catching karambwan after completing the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio questYou’ll need a karambwan vessel and raw karambwanji to bait for karambwan fishing. Raw karambwanji can be caught northeast of the fairy ring code – ckr. The best spot to catch karambwan is a spot north of the dkp fairy ring. For this approach it is highly recommended to have a simple access to a fairy ring, like a fairy ring at your house. Players can use a dueling ring to bank the fish at Castle Wars, Edgeville using an amulet of glory, Shilo Village Underground Mine using Karamja gloves 3 or 4, or The Theatre of Blood using Drakan’s medal. Alternatively the dkp fairy ring can be used to quickly bank the fish in Zanaris without any teleportation items, requiring only a short run from the fishing spot to the bank box.

Raw Karambwan

Next, there’s catching Infernal Eels, which gets about 237k GP per hour. You can start catching infernal eels at level 80 Fishing inside the city of Mor Ul Rek. To gain entry to Mor Ul Rek a fire cape has to be given to a TzHaar-Ket guard. This doesn’t take the cape away, so don’t worry about losing it. Using a hammer to remove ten to twenty Tokkul, one onyx-bolt tip, or one to five lava scale fragments, infernal eels can be smashed open. Peer eel, you should expect to make upwards of 1000 GP. Fishing infernal eels in the most city’s south-east area is suggested, as the other two areas may see their fishing spots vanish more frequently.

OSRS fishing - Infernal Eel

Also, there’s the method of catching Sacred Eels, which makes about 374k GP per hour. At level 87 Fishing and partially completing the Regicide search, players at Zul-Andra will catch sacred eels giving 105 Fishing xp per Sacred Eel. The fish can be dissected with a knife to remove Zulrah’s scales with a Cooking level of 72. Dissecting the fish will offer cooking experience of around 109-227, and 3-9 scales. The cooking level of a player determines how many scales are earned upon dissection. With a cooking level in the mid-80s, an average of around 5 scales per fish can be predicted and around 7 scales per fish are given at a cooking level of 96.After making some money, why not sell it for some real life cash? If you’re interested, head to our OSRS Sell gold service.

OSRS Fishing minigame – Tempoross

Temporos is a fishing counterpart of Wintertodt. To engage in this minigame you will need at least level 35 Fishing. If you’re playing with a Hardcore Ironman account, avoid death in this minigame, as you will lose your status. So how much xp can you get in Tempoross? At level 35 you should be getting about 30k xp/h and at higher levels the xp is between 60k and 90k, depending on the harpoon you use.

Here’s a great guide for this minigame.

Drift net fishing

This is a unique method to train 2 skills at the same time – fishing and hunter. The requirements to start are low – 44 fishing and 47 hunter. You will also need to complete bone voyage quest as well as RFD (Pirate Pete) quest. This is one of the most efficient methods of training as you will save a lot of time. The xp rates are comparable to both best fishing and hunter training methods up until about level 90 in both skills. The only downside of this method is that it is click-intensive, so it may not be for you if you’d rather relax while you fish.

Here’s a guide explaining everything you need to know about this method.

That concludes our guide to get to level 99 Fishing in OSRS. We hope you enjoyed, good luck!

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