Fishing Guide Hobby Lotro

The Angler's Guide to Fishing in LOTRO by aethelberht
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The Angler's Guide to Fishing in LOTRO
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Fishing Guide

This guide will attempt to show what can be caught when (and where, if location does matter as the Dev Diary says); what poles, bait, and other equipment is available and how it helps; what new titles and recipes come with it; and any other information of value (or not) to the budding anglers of LOTRO. Additional input and data always welcomed!

To begin fishing, simply go to your local Hobby Master. They will teach you how to fish, give you a basic fishing pole, and give you a short quest to find the local Fishing Supplier.

You'll find the fishing icon in the Hobbies tab of your Character screen. Drag that to a free slot. Then when you're ready to fish, click the icon and you'll cast your line. In anywhere between 1 and 30 seconds, you'll see the tip of the rod dive down, meaning you've got a nibble. Immediately click the icon again to reel in your catch. You have less than a second to make that second click, so you have to watch closely.

Fishing Trophies


Items

Fish Trophies

Barter

Giant goldfish Trophy

Colourful Charr Trophy

50 salmon Trophy

Barbarous Barbel Trophy

Superb Smelt Trophy

Bright Bitterling Trophy

Brawny Bullhead Trophy

Cunning Catfish Trophy

Delightful Dace Trophy

Gleaming Grayling Trophy

Magnificent Minnow Trophy

Ruthless Rudd Trophy

2-Pound Salmon Trophy

4-Pound Salmon Trophy

6-Pound Salmon Trophy

10-Pound Salmon Trophy

15-Pound Salmon Trophy

20-Pound Salmon Trophy

40-Pound Salmon Trophy

50-Pound Salmon Trophy

Sturgeon Group Trophy

Trout Group Trophy

Darter Group Trophy

Fishing by level

Level
Catchable
Value
Uses
Level Through

1
Weeds

1c

No Known

N/A

1
Goldfish

1c

No Known

5

5
Rusty Dagger

1c

No Known

N/A

6
Minnow

1c

No Known

20

10
Bitterling

1c

No Known

30

10
Ball of Gunk

2c

No Known

N/A

10+
Salmon*

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All Are Trophies

varies*

17
Charr

1c

No Known

40

21
Dace

1c

Cook Recipe

51

27
Barbel

1c

No Known

60

31
Smelt

1c

No Known

71

35
Catfish

1c

Cook Recipe

80

50
Rudd

1c

No Known

90

50
Rusty Hammer

1c

No Known

N/A

55
Bullhead

1c

No Known

100

58+
Darter*

25c

No Known

varies*

60+
Trout*

25c

No Known

varies*

62+
Sturgeon*

25c

No Known

varies*

65
Old Boot

2c

No Known

N/A

66
Grayling

13c

No Known

111

77
Houting

13c

No Known

120

86
Perch

13c

Cook Recipe

132

90
Rusty Mace

1c

No Known

N/A

99
3-Spined Stickleback

13c

No Known

140

106
9-Spined Stickleback

13c

No Known

150

110
Drift-wood

1s 70c

No Known

N/A

117
Golden Mullet

13c

Cook Recipe

160

125
Rusty Sword

1c

No Known

N/A

125
Flounder

13c

Cook Recipe

170

133
Carp

13c

No Known

180

148
Pike

13c

No Known

190

149
Dirty Skull

1s 70c

No Known

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156
Largemouth Bass

13c

Cook Recipe

Through Max

172
Rusty Axe

1c

No Known

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* These fish offer many variants that differ by location and fishing level.

Table of Rare Fish By Region/Zone Level

RARE FISH
LOW ZONES
Ered Luin,
Shire,
Bree
MID ZONES
Lonelands, ND
MID-HIGH ZONES
Evendim, Trollshaws
HIGH ZONES
Forochel, Angmar, MM
END ZONES
Mirkwood
Salmon 2-lb (FL10)
15-lb (FL50)
4-lb (FL11)
20-lb (FL70)
40-lb (FL170)
6-lb (FL30)
30-lb (FL80)
2-lb (FL190)
4-lb (FL190)
10-lb (FL40)
15-lb (FL190)
30-lb (FL190)
40-lb (FL100)
50-lb (FL151)
2-lb (FL180)
4-lb(FL180)
6-lb(FL180)
15-lb(FL180)
30-lb(FL180)
40-lb(FL180)
Darter Redfin
(FL60)
Blackfin
(FL85)
Longfin
(FL80)
Orangefin (FL70)
Firebelly (FL 90)
Greenfin (FL190)
Bloodfin (FL190)
Longfin (FL190)
  Bandfin
(FL65)
Greenfin
(FL60)
Bloodfin
(FL87)
Redfin (FL190)
Blackfin (FL190)
Bandfin (FL190)
Splendid (FL190)
    Splendid
(FL100)
   
Trout Brown
(FL60)
Bull
(FL80)
Cutthroat
(FL75)
Redband
(FL70)
  Speckled
(FL85)
Red Spotted
(FL80)
Rainbow
(FL90)
Golden
(FL90)
  Lake
(FL95)
Rainbow
(FL52)
Redband
(FL56)
   
Sturgeon Dwarf
(FL60)
Shortnose
(FL69)
Green
(FL75)
Fringebarbel
(FL70)
Starry (FL180)
White (FL180)
Shovelnose (FL180)
  Shovelnose
(FL80)
Pallid
(FL80)
Lake
(FL88)
Starry
(FL90)
Green (FL180)
Dwarf (FL180)
Pallid (FL180)
      White
(FL100)
  Fringebarbel (FL180)
Lake (FL180)

TROPHY FISH FOR DECORATIONS: Many fish have a rare "trophy" counterpart with a nifty name ("Giant Goldfish," "Magnificent Minnow," etc.) that can be caught, starting a few levels above the regular fish. If you catch one (you'll know it - the text is purple), a fishing taxidermist (there's one in Bree-Town near the vault) will mount it free as a wall decoration for your home. The decorations are tradable, so a potential moneymaker if rare enough. Check out the taxidermist to see what trophies are available.

Most fish can be caught virtually everywhere in the LOTRO world. However, a few fish species offer several variants, related both to fishing levels and zone level. In order to catch them, you must be the appropriate fishing level and fishing in an appropriate zone of the world. Since these fish are quite rare, numbers are still iffy as of 5/1. So far these fish all appear to be worth 25c each. And none yet appears to have any use. Note: Zone levels are approximate. As more info comes in it'll hopefully be much easier to define where you can catch what.

19 Responses to Fishing Guide Hobby Lotro

  1. avatar Grover says:

    I got the sturgen deed below the Haunted House after 2 hrs of fishing got all but one this morning third cast landed me the last one all from the same lake level 141 to 151.

  2. avatar matthew miller says:

    Your Table of Rare Fish By Region/Zone Level is not correct. I have caught some fish in different zones and areas other than what is printed above.

    • avatar Silriel says:

      As of February’s game update a lot of changes have been made to fishing, including much more fishing Region/Zone. If anyone has any additional information that could help us to update the guide please post your experiences here.

  3. avatar chripsy says:

    caught a 50lb samon in merkwood

  4. avatar Stephen says:

    Not sure about sturgeons, but I can confirm that all the trout can be caught in the lake in Evendim and all the darters can be caught at Aughaire in West Angmar. This is after the Feb 2010 update. Still looking for where the sturgeons are!

  5. avatar Axer says:

    Caught my first 50 pounder today and 2 casts later caught a second one. That was at level 189 with a +4 rod in Forochel, the north side of the lake at Suri-kyla.

  6. avatar Axer says:

    My quest darters were caught in Aughaire, Angmar, right there in town, from levels 112 to 131.

    My quest sturgeons were caught in Eregion, from Sad Rechu to Fordirith, in the ponds along the dried up river bed, from levels 149 to 165.

    Caught another 50 lb salmon at fishing level 198 in the pool beside Gloin’s camp in the Misty Mountains. I am level 37 with a +4 rod. I caught a fine array of 20 darters, 20 trophies, including 13 salmon, and 40 of the top 4 food fish among the 138 casts of my final 9 levels in that pool. Level 198 took 44 casts and was the worst level ever. Previous sets of 10 levels working backwards took 105, 107, 80, 113, etc casts.

    My final catch to reach level 200 was a goldfish!

  7. avatar Ewie says:

    Well levels differ, caught all normal fish under level100, All Trout in kingsfell ND, Busy with darters in Forocell.

    So look like minimum levels have dropped a lot.

  8. avatar Glepo says:

    This is not correct, i’m lvl 80 in fishing and i have caught loads of perch

  9. avatar Erid says:

    I caught all the Sturgeons in Moria in that fountain just north of the 21st hall.

  10. avatar martin teague says:

    Caught everything,trophied everything,but was wondering after re-catching all the sturgeon again at the fishing hole[nabbed 2 50lb salmon as well],can you get another group trophy after completing deed? All 3 group trophies are at the kin-house and I was hoping to catch one for my personal house.Any one know?

  11. avatar Trulti says:

    Caught all the sturgeons in Enedwaith. North, north west of Lhanuch

  12. avatar Apple says:

    I just want to mention this spot in lonelands. When u travel from the Inn to caihtlins camp there is a small waterfall at 31.3s 37.8w. Im not sure if i was just exremely lucky or it has to do with the spot. I pulled out one purple after the other. Fishing prof around 60 (yew rod). Got 7 trouts (5 different species) and 5 trophy fish including 4 and 10 pound salmon and a cunning catfish. It must have been in about 15 minutes! It was so out of proportion that i cant believe it was only luck. The pool was just full with purples and how did that happen?

    I wonder if more people experienced this in that spot. Maybe this particular spot had’nt been fished for a while giving it the high rate of purple? Hope someone will try the spot and mention it here. Could tell us if Lotro uses some speciall fishing places for us to discover. Or about a building up on purples in unfished spots maybe?

  13. avatar Aulberic says:

    Caught all my trout in under an hour in Rivendell. Two friends also had the same luck. One fished near the forge-master, one under the bridge north of the stables, and I fished below the falls near Elrond’s Hall. I was at about 90 prof. and caught 40% trophy fish, 35% food fish, 25% vendor trash.

  14. avatar Gwinster says:

    I’ll just confirm Apple’s reply. I found this spot on my own but remembered the post after I had fished it. I was lvl 171 when I fished it…usually took me around 15 casts to lvl. I went up 10 lvls in 62 casts here and caught 20 purple and 12 cooking fish in that time. The quality of the fish remains the same for the area…no sturgeon or darters here, but the rate of lvling and purple and food fish is much higher. 6.2 to 15 or more…nice reduction in leveling time and good chance for quality fish!

  15. avatar Nicotiana says:

    50 pound salmon caught in Lake Evendim today. Fishing is maxed.

  16. avatar Spirit says:

    Just finished trout and darter.
    Trout-caught all at the little pond next to broken bridge after Foresaken Inn-2hours
    Darter- caught all inside Syri-Kali first water to the left outside hall -2 hours.
    Will update when I find Sturgeon