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Below are some of the fish that people commonly ask about. You have to understand that fishing takes time, and it will feel even longer because of the nature of fishing: not much happens. I provide information that is consistent for me, and how I do it. If there are more efficient spots then please respond to the thread and I might update this after I have confirmed it in-game myself.

There are no fishing pools.

The recommended fishing skill takes into consideration that you are using the highest eligible vendor lure for the skill level. E.g. +75 lure for Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris. The fish mentioned below can all be fished below level 35 and 225 skill.

You can buy +5 fishing poles; one is sold in Ratchet.


Oily Blackmouth

If you have trouble finding these then go to Hillsbrad Foothills and fish from the ponds and rivers there. You will get a stack of Oily Blackmouth in about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. I tend to stay away from fishing these since the gold per hour is really low.

Recommended fishing skill: 150

Stonescale Eel

Tanaris at Steamwheedle Port is a good spot for these. You will get a stack of Stonescale Eel in about 1 hour. Steemwheedle Port also gives you Raw Spotted Yellowtail (in large amounts) and clams (which gives you Zesty Clam Meat, and has a chance to give you a Golden Pearl).

Recommended fishing skill: 200

Raw Nightfin Snapper

Feralas is a good spot. Horde players can safely stand in Camp Mojache and fish for these. You'll get about 1 stack of these in 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. This fish and Raw Sunscale Salmon are time dependent. Below is the day-night cycle for these two fish.

  • 12 Midnight to 6 AM → Raw Nightfin Snapper
  • 6 AM to 12 Noon → Raw Nightfin Snapper & Raw Sunscale Salmon
  • 12 Noon to 6 PM → Raw Sunscale Salmon
  • 6 PM to 12 Midnight → Raw Nightfin Snapper & Raw Sunscale Salmon

Recommended fishing skill: 225




If you are going to cook then pick up fishing. Easiest 1-300 ever.


  • [1] Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish
  • [50] Recipe: Rainbow Fin Albacore (Kilxx in Ratchet)
  • [50] Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper
  • [85] Recipe: Savory Deviate Delight (Rare drop in The Barrens)
  • [100] Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish (Kilxx in Ratchet)
  • [125] Expert Fishing – The Bass and You (Old Man Heming in Booty Bay)
  • [175] Recipe: Mithril Head Trout (Kelsey Yance in Booty Bay)
  • [225] Recipe: Spotted Yellowtail (Gikkix in Steamwheedle Port)
  • [225] Recipe: Filet of Redgill (Kelsey Yance in Booty Bay)
  • [240] Recipe: Grilled Squid (Gikkix in Steamwheedle Port) – Seasonal “fish”
  • [250] Recipe: Nightfin Soup (Gikkix in Steamwheedle Port)
  • [250] Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon (Gikkix in Steamwheedle Port)


225 Cooking quest:

Gadgetzan. Zesty Clam Meat is found in the clams fished from Tanaris. Save them for this quest. Look in the auction house for the Giant Eggs whenever you visit a major city during your leveling time. You can buy them cheaply. Get the Alterac Swiss from wherever. Use a database.


225 – 300:

Just cook 5-7 stacks of Raw Spotted Yellowtail or Raw Redgill. Both are green at 300 skill. Or cook Raw Nightfin Snappers and Raw Sunscale Salmon at 280+. Both are yellow at 300.


Non-fishing recipes that are useful:

  • [100] Recipe: Crispy Lizard Tail
  • [130] Recipe: Curiously Tasty Omelet
  • [175] Recipe: Roast Raptor


Edited by Scarab

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