Knowing how to catch Stardew Valley fish is important but, much like anything else in the game, there’s a knack to it. The type of fish you catch depends on different things like the time of year you’re in, the weather, where you’re fishing, and what time of day it is in Stardew Valley. Luckily, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to all the fish in Stardew Valley, how to catch them, and when and where they appear. From pike to pufferfish, if you’re looking to catch all the fish in the game, here’s how you do it.
How to catch fish in Stardew Valley
When you're fishing, there's a mini-game you need to partake in before you can catch a fish. A small window will appear with a fish icon and a bar; you need to tap a button to move the bar up and down, while keeping the fish inside the bar. A meter to the side will start to fill when it's inside, but will decrease when the bar and the icon don't overlap. Completely fill the meter to catch the fish, but if it decreases completely, the fish will escape.
Stardew Valley fish: Fishing Pole
These fish can be caught with a fishing pole.
|Largemouth Bass||Lake (Mountain)||6am-7pm||Any||Any|
|Smallmouth Bass||River (Town)/Pond (Forest)||Any||Spring/Fall||Any|
|Rainbow Trout||River (Town/Forest)/Lake (Mountain)||6am-7pm||Summer||Sun|
|Walleye||River (Town/Forest)/Lake (Mountain)/Pond (Forest)||12pm-2am||Fall (Winter with Rain Totem)||Rain|
|Perch||River (Town/Forest)/Lake (Mountain)/Pond (Forest)||Any||Winter||Any|
|Carp||Lake (Mountain)/Pond (Secret Woods)/Sewers||Any||Any||Any|
|Catfish||River (Town/Forest)/Pond (Secret Woods)/Swamp (Witch's)||6am-12am||Spring/Fall (Spring/Summer in Secret Woods Pond)||Rain|
|Pike||River (Town/Forest)/Pond (Forest)||Any||Summer/Winter||Any|
|Red Snapper||Ocean||6am-7pm||Summer/Fall (Winter with Rain Totem)||Rain|
|Ghostfish||Mines (20F/60F)/Ghost drops||Any||Any||Any|
|Stonefish||Mines (20F - need fishing level three)||Any||Any||Any|
|Ice Pip||Mines (60F - need fishing level five)||Any||Any||Any|
|Lava Eel||Mines (100F - need fishing level seven)||Any||Any||Any|
|Scorpion Carp||Desert (need fishing level four)||6am-8pm||Any||Any|
|Midnight Carp||Lake (Mountain)/Pond (Forest)||10pm-2am||Fall/Winter||Any|
|Tiger Trout||River (Town/Forest)||6am-7pm||Fall/Winter||Any|
|Chub||River (Town/Forest)/Lake (Mountain)||Any||Any||Any|
|Lingcod||River (Town/Forest)/Lake (Mountain)||Any||Winter||Any|
|Woodskip||Pond (Secret Woods)/Farm (Forest)||Any||Any||Any|
|Void Salmon||Swamp (Witch's)||Any||Any||Any|
|Slimejack||Mutant Bug Lair||Any||Any||Any|
Stardew Valley fish: Crab Pot
All of these fish can be caught by using a crab pot.
Stardew Valley fish: Night Market
Three types of fish can be caught exclusively on the submarine during the night market, which takes place between 5pm-2am during Winter 15-17.
- Midnight Squid
- Spook Fish
Stardew Valley fish: Legendary
Stardew Valley legendary fish are much harder to catch than normal fish, but you can get them by using a fishing pole. There are five in total – one per season plus one extra – and you may need to use items that give you a fishing buff in order to catch them. Each legendary fish can only be caught once per save file, unless you're playing co-op, in which case each player can catch it once.
|Crimsonfish||East pier on the beach (need level five fishing)||Any||Summer||Any|
|Angler||North of JojaMart on the wooden bridge (need level three fishing)||Any||Fall||Any|
|Legend||Mountain Lake near the log (need level 10 fishing)||Any||Spring||Rain|
|Glacierfish||South end of Arrowhead Island in Cindersap Forest (need level six fishing)||Any||Winter||Any|
|Mutant Carp||The Sewers||Any||Any||Any|
Aside from insta-catches like Seaweed, Green Algae, and White Algae, these are all the things you can catch when fishing in Stardew Valley (except for junk). Good luck catching them all!