Table of Contents
- Introduction to Our Guides
- New World Fishing – The Basics
- Craft Your First Fishing Pole
- All Fishing Poles Available in New World
- How To Get Tier 5 Fishing Poles in New World
- How To Fish in New World
- Does Depth of Water Matter While Fishing?
- Does Distance Matter When Casting a Fishing Rod?
- All Fishing Bait in New World
- What are Fishing Hot Spots in New World?
- What are the New World Fishing Perks?
- Earn Fishing Titles and Achievements
- What Gear Can Benefit Fishing In New World?
Introduction to Our Guides
Welcome to the Complete New World Fishing Guide. In this guide we go over the ultimate break down of fishing in New World. From which fishing bait it best to use, to what are the best fishing spots, what are the fishing perks in New World, and more. Below, you will find the table of contents to quickly navigate to whichever topic you are looking for.
This guide is constantly updated as new patches come out, so be sure to bookmark it for future use. You can also find our other guides in the New World Guides section. Our massive guides like this Complete New World Fishing Guide are located there as well. Here are a few quick links to some of the massive, ultimate New World Guides:
- Complete New World Mining Guide
- Complete New World Harvesting Guide
- Complete New World Logging Guide
- Complete New World Tracking & Skinning Guide
New World Fishing – The Basics
This Guide Last Updated September 17, 2021
Fishing is a gathering skill that allows you to catch fish for cooking and other purposes. In New World, fishing is possible at any body or water in Aeternum. You can fish in freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds, and salt water spots that are part of the surrounding sea.
Fishers of higher levels can also learn to spot Fishing Hotspots on the map. These are areas that offer a boost in bite speed and rareness of fish caught while fishing. To fish, you will need a Fishing Pole. You can level up your fishing skills by using the skill regularly. Fishing is more complex than other Trade Skills and requires a lot of practice and patience.
Craft Your First Fishing Pole
What kind of Complete New World Fishing Guide would we be if we didn’t teach you how to get started? Before we show you how to fish, you will need to craft a fishing pole. You can craft a fishing pole using the engineering skill. Right from the beginning you can either craft the tier 1 or 2 fishing pole. Tier 1 Wooden Fishing Pole is very easily made with ingredients easily found. You will need to go to a workshop within a settlement to craft fishing poles.
To craft the first tier of fishing pole, as noted below, requires 1 Fiber and 1 Green Wood. You can find green wood around any bushes anywhere. This would be very easy to harvest right away, alternatively you can chop a Young Tree using the Logging skill. To obtain the Fiber, find some Hemp and use the harvesting skill to gather it. Here are the best places to find hemp in New World.
All Fishing Poles Available in New World
To Improve your fishing max cast distance and durability, you will want to craft the higher level tiers as you level up. There are 5 tiers of fishing poles in New World.
All Main Fishing Poles in New World
|Fishing Pole||Image||Max Cast Distance||+Chance to Rarer Fish||Tension Recovered Per Second||Ingredients to Craft|
|Wooden Fishing Pole||12 meters||0||27.5||1x Fibers|
1x Green Wood
|Treated Wood Fishing Pole||14 meters||0||30||12x Timber|
3x Coarse Leather
|Aged Wood Fishing Pole||16 meters||75%||32.5||13x Lumber|
3x Coarse Leather
|Wyrdwood Fishing Pole||18 meters||100%||35|| 14x Wyrdwood Planks|
3x Coarse Leather
|Ironwood Fishing Pole||20 meters||125%||37.5||15x Ironwood Planks|
3x Coarse Leather
Tier 5 Fishing Poles in New World
There are several other fishing poles available, all tier 5. Their stats and special attributes posted below. In the next section, we will explain how to obtain these special fishing poles.
|Fishing Pole||Image||Gear Score||Special Attributes||Max Cast Distance||+Chance to Rarer Fish||Tension Recovered Per Second|
|Ancient Fishing Pole||525||20 meters||125%||37.5|
|Angry Earth Fishing Pole||525||20 meters||125%||37.5|
|Corrupted Fishing Pole||525||20 meters||125%||37.5|
|Lost Fishing Pole||525||20 meters||125%||37.5|
|Legendary Azoth Fishing Pole||575||+250% Chance Bigger Fish in Freshwater||20 meters||125%||37.5|
|Legendary Strength Fishing Pole||575||+15% Line Strength in Freshwater||20 meters||125%||37.5|
|Legendary Tech Fishing Pole||575||+15% Line Strength in Freshwater||20 meters||125%||37.5|
How To Get Tier 5 Fishing Poles in New World
Here we break down exactly where to get the tier 5 fishing poles in New World. Each fishing pole will show its source. If it is dropped from a certain monster, we will show where on the map that mob spawns.
The 3 Legendary fishing poles are obtains by completing the Fishing questline. At the end of the quest “To Be a Grand Master”, you will get a Legendary Pole Reward Box which can have these poles in it. This quest is completed upon reaching fishing level 100.
The other T5 fishing poles in New World are drops from elite monsters throughout Aeternum. Here are their locations:
- Ancient Fishing Pole – Drops from Smoothbore Samuel, a level 60 Elite in Reekwater.
- Angry Earth Fishing Pole – Drops from Parthenocissus, a level 46 Boss Elite in Restless Shore.
- Corrupted Fishing Pole – Drops from Foreman Robertson, a level 42 Elite in Great Cleave
- Lost Fishing Pole – Also drops from Smoothbore Samuel, a level 60 Elite in Reekwater.
How To Fish in New World
How To Cast
To start fishing, walk to a body of water and press your Cast key.
A range indicator will pop up and you can extend the range of your cast by holding the cast key, releasing it when the indicator reaches your desired range.
When to Hook The Fish
After casting your line, you will see the bobber indicator. When a fish approaches, the indicator will shake and move up and down. Before you attempt to hook, wait for the indicator’s signal to change. Too early hooking can cause the fish’s to swim away.
This icon indicates that it’s time to hook. To hook the fish, press the left mouse button. You have very limited time, as indicated by the circle in the center of the icon. The fish will swim away if it is completely depleted before you press the button.
This icon means a successful hook, leading to finally reel the fish in.
How To Reel
You can reel the fish in once it is hooked by pressing the mouse button. However, be careful to not let tension build up.
This is the reel gauge, which has a small white circle filling up in the area around the icon. The mini-game ends when the reel gauge is full. The tension gauge at the center of each icon is important to be aware of. The tension gauge is located in the center of the icon. It’s green for good tension and orange for too much tension. Your line will snap if tension is too high and you’ll lose the fish. You can usually keep reeling if you are in the orange area, but try not to let the reel get into the red area or your line may snap!
Does Depth of Water Matter While Fishing?
The depth of the water in New World does affect your fishing results. This does not include fishing in hotspots. If you are not at a hotspot and simply fishing in open water, it is always more efficient to cast in deep water. Deep water will allow you to level fishing fast because the fish will bite much quicker.
After heavy testing, it was found that fishing in very shallow water in New World has an average of 15 seconds for a fish to bite, even with bait equipped. Compare that to a mere 4.5 seconds when fishing in deep water with bait, and you know this is the fastest way to level fishing skill.
Does Distance Matter When Casting a Fishing Rod?
Yes, cast distance while fishing in New World matters. The further you cast, the less tension you will have in your fishing line. This means that as you reel in after you have hooked your fish, you will be able to have a much smoother experience. You will be much less likely to break your fishing line when you’ve casted far distances. This is why it is important to upgrade your fishing rods to increase max distance while fishing in New World.
All Fishing Bait in New World
Fishing bait can be used to increase biting speed and catch rare fish. You can get bait from your enemies or gather it using the Harvesting skill. Or you can make it yourself using the Cooking skill. You can use the Bait Key to make bait anytime between castings.
Using bait while fishing will make your fishing much more efficient. You will get bites much sooner than if you do not use bait. If you are looking to leveling fishing fast in New World, you want to make sure you always have bait.
There are two types of bait available: Fresh Water Bait or Salt Water Bait. There are many types of bait available for each category that can have special effects on fishing, including increasing the chance of catching rare species of fish.
We answer Where to get bait in New World for fishing below where we break out all types of bait and where they are found.
How To Get Bigger Fish in New World
The following list of fishing bait allow you to get bigger fish in New World while fishing. The size of the fish will determine how much you get out of it when it is salvaged, the bigger the better!
|Fishing Bait||Image||Water Type||Chance % Increase for Bigger Fish||Found In|
|Electric Eel Bait||Salt||500%||Salvaged from Electric Eels|
|Snail Bait||Salt||300%||Salvaged from Snails|
|Fish Bait||Salt||150%||Crafted with Cooking|
|Oyster Bait||Fresh||500%||Salvaged from Oysters|
|Clam Bait||Fresh||300%||Salvaged from Clams|
|Meat Bait||Fresh||150%||Crafted with Cooking|
How to Get Better (More Rare) Fish in New World
The following list of fishing bait allow you to get better fish in New World while fishing. When it says “better” it really means increased chance at getting more rare fish that are likely more valuable.
|Fishing Bait||Image||Water Type||Chance % Increase for Rarer / Better Fish||Found In|
|Firefly Bait||Fresh||85%||Briar Plants & Bulrush Plants|
|Bread Bait||Fresh||47%||Cooking or Provisions|
|Glowworm Bait||Salt||85%||Collecting Flint During the Night or Dawn|
|Nightcrawler Bait||Salt||70%||Collecting Flint During the Day or Dusk|
|Cheese Bait||Salt||47%||Cooking or Provisions|
What are Fishing Hot Spots in New World?
Fishing Hotspots are areas in the water in New World that show ripples. It is a very clear circular area that looks like fish are swimming under. Active hotspots will have fish jumping out of the water within these ripple areas. These hot spots increase your chances to catch both bigger and better (more rare), fish.
As you level your fishing skill, you will unlock fishing hotspots around Aeternum. These hot spots come in three types: Broad, Rare, and Secret, each with a different star rating (1, 2, or 3, respectively). Be sure to seek these out and try fishing in these areas when you see the ripples. Don’t forget to bait your lure!
Many of the fishing hotspots are actually hidden as well. Some you will not be able to see any icon on the map, but they do exist. You will need to identify them by eye as you encounter them. As you level up, you will begin seeing more and more hotspots available to you. Upon reaching fishing level 200, you will unlock 3 more as well.
There are many fishing hotspots, so we aren’t going to go over which spots are in every single region. Instead, be sure to use the interactive New World map and toggle the fishing hotspots on under the “fishing” section.
What are the New World Fishing Perks?
All New World fishing perks are listed in the table below. We keep this table up to date with each patch Amazon Games comes out with for the game, so be sure to bookmark this guide to stay up to date!
Adding a perk to your fishing pole will grant unique boosts to a variety of fishing aspects. There are 11 different fishing perks, each with 3 levels of boost.
There are also 2 more fishing perks you can get on your Chest, Helmet, Gloves, Pants, and Shoes. Those 2 will be covered in the table below the fishing pole perk table.
Here is the list of all fishing perks for your fishing pole in New World:
|Fishing Pole Perk||Perk Description||Tier I||Tier II||Tier III|
|Daytime Colossus||Boost to chance of catching larger fish during the daytime||150%||200%||250%|
|Freshwater Colossus||Boost to chance of catching larger fish in freshwater||150%||200%||250%|
|Freshwaters Brawn||Increase Line Strength in freshwater||10%||15%||20%|
|Lucky Day||Boost to chance of catching better (rarer) fish during the daytime||30%||50%||75%|
|Lucky Night||Boost to chance of catching better (rarer) fish during the nighttime||30%||50%||75%|
|Moons Reach||Increased cast distance during nighttime||5%||10%||15%|
|Nighttime Colossus||Boost to chance of catching larger fish during the nighttime||150%||200%||250%|
|Saltwater Colossus||Boost to chance of catching larger fish in saltwater||150%||200%||250%|
|Saltwaters Brawn||Increase Line Strength in saltwater||10%||15%||20%|
|Suns Reach||Increase Cast Distance during daytime||5%||10%||15%|
These following perks to help fishing are able to be applied on the Chest, Helmet, Gloves, Pants, or Shoes. These all exist on the fisherman’s equipment set we cover later in the Complete New World Fishing Guide.
|Armor Fishing Perk||Perk Description||Tier I||Tier II||Tier III|
|Lucky Waters||Increased Chance to catch better (rarer) fish.||10%||15%||20%|
|Fishing Colossus||Increased Chance to catch bigger fish.||30%||40%||50%|
Earn Fishing Titles and Achievements
Fishing titles can be earned as you progress through your journey to become the ultimate fishing champion in New World! Below is a list that you can work towards of all fishing titles in New World:
|Feeling Crappie||When fishing, 10 hooked fish get away.|
|A Reel Expert||Catch 5,000 fish.|
|Fishing For Life||Catch 10,000 fish.|
|Heavy Scale Expert||Total weight of all fish caught reaches 10,000.|
|Fish Weightlifter||Total weight of all fish caught reaches 20,000.|
|Fishing Master||Reached 200 Fishing Skill|
What Gear Can Benefit Fishing In New World?
If you are wondering what gear to get for fishing in New World, there is a fisherman’s gear set you can obtain to give you benefits to fishing. Equipping this set will give you:
- 60% Increased Chance of Catching Better (Rarer) Fish
- 200% Increased Chance of Catching Bigger Fish
- 9% Increase in Casting Distance
- 100 Focus
If you are looking for the fisherman’s set and where you can get it, see the below table:
|Slot||Name||Image||Stat||Perk 1||Perk 2|
|Head||Vengeful Fisherman’s Hood||20 Focus||+20% Rarer Fish Chance||+50% Larger Fish Chance|
|Chest||Vengeful Fisherman’s Smock||20 Focus||+3% Cast Distance||+50% Larger Fish Chance|
|Hands||Vengeful Fisherman’s Gloves||20 Focus||+20% Rarer Fish Chance||+50% Larger Fish Chance|
|Pants||Vengeful Fisherman’s Pants||20 Focus||+3% Cast Distance||+50% Larger Fish Chance|
|Boots||Vengeful Fisherman’s Boots||20 Focus||+3% Cast Distance||+20% Rarer Fish Chance|
The Vengeful Fisherman’s gear can come from multiple sources. The hood, boots, and gloves, all drop from Elite Ancient Chests /Supply Chests, or Supply Stockpile Chests that are T3+. The chest and pants drop from two open world mini bosses.