We’ve previously covered what you should do in your first year in Stardew Valley, and now it’s time to take things up a notch and learn how fishing is done.

Stardew Valley Fishing

  • Don’t use bait while fishing: it’s really not necessary. While it’ll speed up the time to bite, it won’t improve the quality of fish you catch, and you will still probably end up filling up your inventory with fish. Instead, save the bait for crab pots spread around the farm. To get better at fishing, rely on tackle instead.
  • Retrieving sea cucumbers does not improve your fishing skill.
  • While you can fish anywhere where there’s standing water in Stardew Valley, you can get a much bigger haul if you get to a high activity spot. Look around for bubbling water, and you’ll get all the fish you could ask for.
  • In the first few hours of the game, don’t bother with the few fish that are seemingly impossible to catch. They might be indicative of Legendary fish, but until you get better gear, it really just isn’t a good idea.
  • Sell your Silver and Gold star fish (unless you want to gift it to someone), but as for the regular fish, save some to make fertilizer for your crops. Pick the least valuable fish, like anchovies, carp and sardines.

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