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How to fish in Stardew Valley

You like farming and so do we. Well, we like Stardew Valley that’s for sure, but we’re not sure about toiling in the hot sun in real life, there are blisters and bugs and… you get the idea. But, Stardew Valley isn’t just about farming – it’s also about fishing. And, that’s why we’re here to tell you how to fish in Stardew Valley. That way you can get a headstart on the process.

See, fishing is actually one of the most lucrative activities that you can perform in Stardew Valley, and it will give you the ability to complete Community Center quests as well, but you need to know where to look for those pesky underwater creatures and what to do when you locate them.

Below, we’ll explain how to fish in Stardew Valley, as well as what we know about fish behavior and how to reel them in for good.

How to fish in Stardew Valley

You can catch fish by using one of many fishing rods available for purchase in-game. Go to one of the areas of water in Stardew Valley town, equip your fishing rod, and cast your hook into the water. Wait for the fish to bite, then reel it in successfully.

When casting your rod (A button on Xbox controllers), a meter will be displayed to show the strength of your cast. You might be tempted to try to achieve max range every time, but fish live at different distances from the shore, so make sure to vary your cast range.

Once your float bobs and disappears underwater, you will need to press the reel button (A button on Xbox controllers) to set the hook. Then, a minigame will appear that requires you to tap A to keep the fish within a certain range until it is reeled in. Once you’ve reeled it in, it goes into your inventory for safekeeping (or selling).

Different fish appear during different seasons, different locations, and different times of day. For example, you can only find the Carp in a lake, or an Eel can only be caught at nighttime.

That’s everything you need to know about how to fish in Stardew Valley. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there!

For more Stardew Valley tips, check out our guides on the best way to make money or how to get Hardwood in the relaxing farming simulator of Stardew Valley.