Not all of your time in Middle-Earth has to be spent struggling with the Enemy. Life is meant to be lived – not just striving for more gear, coin or renown. One (good) distraction in LOTRO is the Fishing hobby. Fishing forms part of some festivals and may crop up in specific quests too. On top of that there are deeds, titles and homestead decorations you can acquire by simply finding a lake or river and casting your line in. If you’ve never caught something juicy-sweet, here is my Beginners Guide on How to Fish in LOTRO. I’ll take you though acquiring the hobby and the basics to get you going. Ready to dive in? Maybe the ‘dive’ is the wrong word!
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- How to Get the Fishing Hobby
- Before You Fish
- How to Catch Fish
- Results of a Catch
- Improving Your Fishing Skill
- Related Festivals
- Fishing Deeds
- Watch a Video Version
I don’t know if this is a complete list, but according to the Wiki, you can find Hobby Masters in:
- The Shire
- East and West Rohan
- Dol Amroth and Havens of Belfalas
Click the link above for the specific locations. I didn’t want to reproduce work someone else has already done!
Training a hobby (well, the only hobby) does not cost any coin. The first time you acquire the fishing skill you are given a free Basic Fishing Rod, so you do not to spend silver on one. If you lose your rod, you can purchase a replacement at a Fishing Supplier for 2 Silver or craft one.
Once you have trained the Hobby, there are just a couple of things to do before you rush to the nearest pond or lake.
As you do with weapons and shields, you need to equip your fishing rod. It’s a two-handed item, so your main-hand and off-hand weapons or item will de-equip automatically. Remember to re-equip them before going back to questing!
To ensure no scaly dinner escapes your hook, you should add the Hobby ability to your quickbars. To do this:
- Bring up the Character Panel
- Click ‘Hobby’
- Drag the square icon from the Hobby Panel to an available slot on your quickbars
Now you’re finally ready to learn how to fish in LOTRO. Although it is simple, it was not obvious to me when I was a beginner in The Lord of the Rings Online. The steps are:
Casting Your Line
- Head to a body of water: this can be a river, lake or pond. If you are not at a valid fishing spot, you will get an error if you try to cast your line.
- Cast your line: Press the ability you’ve just quick-slotted and you will throw your line into the water.
Wait for Your Hook to Find Something
Reel it In, Whatever ‘it’ is!
Every time you catch something, it looks like a fish, but may not be. Some quests may not provide you with trash items (at festivals at least). However, not everything you catch will be an actual fish. It is common to catch weeds and maybe a bunch of trash items depending where you’re trying to catch dinner. Trash can be sold to vendors for a pitiful amount of coin!
The more things you catch the more you will improve your skill. This is not one-fish-per-point however. As with class deeds, you can only increase your fishing skill by a certain amount each day. I had thought it was 10 per day, but Emerose here managed 11 on day 1. The maximum skill (excluding bonuses from crafted rods) is 200. So if you’re committed you can max out your hobby skill in 20 days.
There are a couple of LOTRO Festivals that include fishing as a way to earn Festival tokens. These are:
- Summer Festival: where you can try to catch different varieties of fish in Ered Luin, Bree-land and The Shire. These can then be bartered for cosmetics, homestead decorations or Festival Tokens.
- Farmer’s Faire: from trying to hook lost chairs to trying to not catch a bad fish, the Farmers Faire has a few quests for your new Hobby. These fish (but not the chairs, they belong to someone!) can be bartered for tokens.
As this blog post was designed as a Beginner’s primer for the Hobby, I won’t go into the fishing deeds here. However, there are titles available for advancing your fishing skill and catching specific fish, for example.
TL;DR – Catch Those Fish, so Juicy-Sweet!
Fishing in LOTRO is a relaxing way to spend time both in and out of festivals. It opens up extra deeds and title as you progress your skill and catch a variety of fishies. As it forms part of Summer Festival and Farmers Faire, there’s no reason not to pick this hobby up. If you’re on Evernight or Crickhollow and want a crafted rod, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do!