The Sims 4 Fishing Skill

Bait, Fish List, & Guide to The Best Fishing Spots

The Sims 4 Fishing Skill - a Sim Catching Fish
This Guide to Fishing will help you Catch Every Fish

The Sims 4's Fishing Skill allows your Sim to catch fish and make loads of fast cash. Completing the Fish Collection is a goal many Simmers would like to achieve, and I aim to help with that by providing fishing spots for the hardest to catch fish. We'll also go over what you can do to make your fishing efforts better, and other useful things you can catch other than the fish themselves. If you already know about the skill and want to see the Fish themselves, Jump to the Fish List, but also read the Best Fishing Spots section below it!

How to: Fishing Cheats
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The Sims 4 Fishing Skill

A guide to the fishing skill, with bait mechanics and how to complete the fish collection.

Getting Started in Fishing
Head to one of the signs next to a body of water. This is a fishing spot, and will allow your Sim to start developing the skill. As you level, not a lot unlocks, but know that your chances of catching the most valuable fish increase substantially with each level. Know that to fully complete your Fish Collection, you will need level 10 Handiness as there is a Fish that lies in the hidden area of Forgotten Grotto that can only be accessed with Level 10 Handiness. The other area, Sylvan Glade, also has rare fish but is accessible to all Sims.

The Angling Ace Aspiration ties directly to Fishing
Unlocking Angler's Tranquility makes Fishing Therapeutic for Sims

Good Traits & Aspirations for Fishing

  • Genius - This will help Sims get Focused, which can be amplified a bit by the Trait below when Sims' Needs are also met. Don't select it just for this unless you will also pursue Mental Skills, as Geniuses get upset if they do not work on those types of Skills for a time. However, Angler's Tranquility from the Angling Ace Aspiration can make the negative Moodlet from this go away!
  • Loves Outdoors - This will help your Sim be Happy when Outdoors, and being Happy is believed to help increase Skill gains. It will also work with any other Positive Moodlets and let your Sim fish a little longer before their needs send them home.
  • Angling Ace Aspiration - Completing this Aspiration will get you a load of Satisfaction, while also making Negative Moodlets disappear while fishing throug the Angler's Tranquility Reward Trait.

Sylvan Glade offers two Great Fishing Spots - Read on Hidden Areas

Skill Unlocks
Here are the few things that unlock as you raise your Sim's Fishing Skill Level:

  • Level 1 - Catch Fish, Mount them, and put them in Fish Bowls
  • Level 2 - Catch Bass, Koi, and Trout
  • Level 3 - Fish with Bait
  • Level 4 - Can Catch Catfish and Tilapia
  • Level 5 - Gains the Examine Water ability on Fishing Spots and catch more rare fish like the skeleton fish, "Captain Fishbones" Bonefish.
  • Level 6 - Can Catch Rainbow Fish
  • Level 7 - Can "Catch a mysterious Fish that lurks in the depths of each Fishing Spot". I believe this means Anglerfish.

Fish Bowls let your Fish shrink and become Immortal! :P

Putting Fish in Bowls
You may want to keep some of your catches alive. To do this, you must first find a Fish Bowl in Buy Mode > Objects by Room > Study > Indoor Activities. You can also search Fit4Fish. The bowl costs $60 and will magically shrink fish to accommodate them, while also making them immortal. The Freshness of the Fish does not matter: a rotten, dead fish will live on to serve as decoration for your home.

Mounting Fish
To Mount a Fish, click it in your Inventory. Each will create Confident Decor based on the catch, from 2-4 each. Mounting or putting 15 fish in Fish Bowls is part of the Angling Ace Aspiration.

A great shot of Mounted Fish
Click to Enlarge. Mounted Fish give off a Confident Aura.

Fishing with Bait
In The Sims 4, Fish do not require specific bait, but rather types of Bait. Fishing with Bait is better than without and seems to give you a better rate of catches, regardless. Certain types of Fish will only reliably appear at a Fishing Spot if your Sim is using bait. Bait types for each Fish that require it are discussed in the Fish List, below.

To get bait, you can harvest wild plants or pursue Gardening yourself. If you plant some for catching Fish, go for something that grows fast like herbs, as you want big stacks so you don't run out. Additionally, you can use your own catches as bait - some Fish want a medium-sized fish, like the Catfish, which itself eats any kind of Plant Bait. A recommend means of bait for one Rare Fish is to Look for Frogs in Ponds (Parks in Oasis Springs and Willow Creek have them). It's not super-reliable and requires you to queue up the action many times, but it's one of the best ways to get up stacks of specific types of frogs for using them as bait. Ideally, you want at least 4-5 in a stack so that you do not immediately run out of bait once you start fishing. The Ponds are a great way to get common Frogs, for the fish do not care about the rarity of the frog.

Ponds let you get Frogs for bait to catch a Wolf Eeel
Frogs are Bait for Wolf Eels, and Ponds are a Great Place to Find Them

Examine Water
When you use this ability, which is best done when Focused, you will get an idea of what Rare types of Fish at that spot prefer you to use as bait. If it says Organic, there are Catfish that prefer plants. If it says the Fish are at the top of the food chain, it means they want Medium Fish like Salmon, Catfish, and Bass as bait. As a Forum member noted, you can also observe the fish jumping out of the water to see the types of fish available there. Many Fishing Spots are exactly the same, so there's little point to going to various Neighborhoods in the game or even checking another Fishing Spot in the same area. Finding a good spot that has the fish you want for Cooking or making money is all you really need to do to be successful.

Fish List

Fish Collection in The Sims 4
The Fish Collection in The Sims 4

Fish List for Collectors
If you want to complete your Fish Collection, this is the list for you. Here are all the Fish and a good Fishing Spot for each Rare and Uncommmon, with Icons so that you can tell what Fish are missing.

The Sims 4 Fish List and Fishing Spots

PictureFish TypeSizeRarityValue*Fertilizer StrengthFishing Spot & Bait
Bass in The Sims 4BassMCommon$16-$70MediumAvailable in most Fishing Spots
Cichlid Fish in The Sims 4CichlidSCommon$10-$20MediumCaught at most fishing spots. Magnolia Promenade (GTW) is a good one, as well as fishing spots in Willow Creek's bottom-right neighborhood.
Goldfish in The Sims 4GoldfishSCommon$12-$15LowFound in Ponds in Willow Creek and Oasis Springs' Parks
Guppy in The Sims 4GuppySCommon$7-$10LowFound in Pond in Oasis Springs Park
Koi in The Sims 4KoiMCommon$24-$37MedFound in Ponds in Willow Creek and Oasis Springs' Parks
Minnow in The Sims 4MinnowSCommon$7-$9LowAvailable in most Fishing Spots
Perch in The Sims 4PerchSCommon$10-$13LowAvailable in most Fishing Spots
Salmon in The Sims 4SalmonLCommon$90-$342HighAvailable in most Fishing Spots
Tambaqui in The Sims 4 Jungle AdventureTambaquiLCommon$60-$90MedThe Sims 4 Jungle Adventure. Found all over - can be caught at all spots around the marketplace in Selvadorada.
Tetra in The Sims 4TetraSCommon$6-$11LowRiver at Willlow Creek Park
Trout in The Sims 4TroutMCommon$19-$113MedFound in Pond in Oasis Springs Park
Tuna in The Sims 4TunaLCommon$50-$90HighThe Sims 4 City Living. Found in San Myshuno fishing spots and in many spots throughout the world.
Walleye in The Sims 4 Outdoor RetreatWalleyeMCommon$22-81MedOutdoor Retreat Game Pack. Caught in most Granite Falls Fishing Spots
Yellow Perch in The Sims 4 Outdoor RetreatYellow PerchMCommon$24-43MedOutdoor Retreat Game Pack. Caught in most Granite Falls Fishing Spots
Angelfish in The Sims 4AngelfishSUncommon$14-$20LowRivers in Willow Creek
Armored Catfish in The Sims 4Armored CatfishMUncommon$50-$??MedThe Sims 4 Jungle Adventure. Found under Omiscan Royal Baths (take left doorway when facing the temple gateway, if it is open).
Betta in The Sims 4BettaSUncommon$11-$20LowPond in Willow Creek Park
Catfish in The Sims 4CatfishMUncommon$43-$107MedUse Plants as Bait. Found very commonly in Rivers.
Discus in The Sims 4DiscusMUncommon$35-50MedSpa Day Game Pack. Caught near the businesses in both Willow Creek and Oasis Springs
Exotic Goldfish in The Sims 4Exotic GoldfishSUncommon$30-60MedSpa Day Game Pack. Sylvan Glade's waterfall fishing spot
Kissing Gourami in The Sims 4Kissing GouramiSUncommon$16-$18LowFound commonly in Rivers.
Tilapia in The Sims 4TilapiaMUncommon$54-$62MedFound in Sylvan Glades, Waterfall Area.
Wolf Eel in The Sims 4Wolf EelLUncommon$108-$364HighUse Frog as Bait. Found in Forgotten Grotto.
Red Crawdad in The Sims 4 Outdoor RetreatRed CrawdadSUncommon$11-16LowOutdoor Retreat Game Pack. Found in most Granite Falls Fishing Spots
Anglerfish in The Sims 4AnglerfishMRare$38-$1630MedUse Bass, Salmon, or Catfish as Bait. Found in Forgotten Grotto and Sylvan Glade Ponds.
Batfish in The Sims 4BatfishMRare$119-$278MedFound Commonly in Forgotten Grotto.
Skeleton fish in The Sims 4"Captain Fishbones" BonefishSRare$10-$25LowMagnolia Promenade (Get To Work), Oasis Spring's Park, Sylvian Glades (Willow Creek), Hermit's Secret Location (Outdoor Retreat)
Electric Eel in The Sims 4Electric EelLRare$50-$??MedThe Sims 4 Jungle Adventure. Found near the temple entrance - take the right gateway when facing the temple entrance, if it is open.
Gummie Guppie in The Sims 4Gummie GuppieSRare$15-30LowMagnolia Promenade (GTW), Oasis Spring's Park, Sylvan Glade waterfall, Hermit's Secret Location (Outdoor Retreat)
Piranha in The Sims 4PiranhaSRare$19-$27LowUse Koi, Bass, Catfish, Rainbowfish, and other Medium Fish as bait. These are caught somewhat regularly in the pool at the back of Oasis Springs Park (not the pond, see below), and occassionally the pond in Willow Creek. As with all Rare catches, it may take higher than Fishing Level 7 to catch. This one most definitely requires bait to come up reliably.
Rainbow Fish in The Sims 4RainbowfishMRare$65-$85MedFound in Forgotten Grotto and the Waterfall in Sylvan Glade.
Red-Tailed Black Shark in The Sims 4Red-Tailed Black SharkSRare$18-$22LowUse Small Fish as Bait. Look in the back of Oasis Springs park, up the hills at the 2nd fishing spot with a river cave near the entrance to Forgotten Grotto. Also possibly found in Pond in Willow Creek Park.
Sturgeon in The Sims 4SturgeonLRare$140-$3000HighFound at pool in back of Oasis Springs Park, Pond in Willow Creek Park, as well as Forgotten Grotto.
Treefish in The Sims 4TreefishMRare$151-$375MedFound at Pond in Willow Creek Park, Sylvan Glade Pond.
Blue Crawdad in The Sims 4 Outdoor RetreatBlue CrawdadSRare$50-81LowOutdoor Retreat Game Pack. Found in Deep Woods of Granite Falls (Waterfall Spot)
Mountain Lionfish in The Sims 4 Outdoor RetreatMountain LionfishLRare$166-$900HighOutdoor Retreat Game Pack. Found in Deep Woods of Granite Falls (Waterfall Spot)
Pufferfish in The Sims 4PufferfishSRare$67-$100HighCaught in San Myshuno docks. Can also be purchased at a vendor in the city.
Vampire Squid in The Sims 4 VampiresVampire SquidMRare$50-$??MedThe Sims 4 Vampires. Hardly rare - it is caught in Forgotten Hollow and an easy catch at level 10 with no bait.

* Values listed are based on our catches. You may find them higher or lower. Sturgeon is the most profitable Fish, hands down.

Outdoor Retreat Fish Additions
Seen in the table above, Outdoor Retreat adds 5 new catches to the Fish List. You'll find Walleye, Yellow Perch, Red and Blue Crawdads, and the extremely valuable Mountain Lionfish. The last two are rare and are likely only caught in the Deep Woods, at the Waterfall spot near the Hermit's House. Mountain Lionfish can be low value, or nearly $1k in value. They do not require any particular bait to catch.

A beautiful view in Sims 4 while Fishing
Many Fishing Spots offer the Same Fish.
Four other Spots can help you Finish your Fish Collection

Where to Catch Every Fish (List/Maps of all Fishing Spots)
Playalot, Mr and Mrs. Flynn Arrowstarr created the following PDF which shows all neighborhoods, and the types of fishing spots you can find there. At the bottom, there is a list of the types of fish found in the various types of spawners. I have plans to convert this to HTML, but for now will just let people view it in this format as that may take some time.

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I just caught a rainbow fish at deep woods using a carrot.
13th July 2015 10:24am
I caught a tilapia in the willow creek river with parsey
16th July 2015 11:18pm
I caught the new fish that came with the wellness pack, Exotic goldfish, . I used Cichlid as bait at Sylvan Glade by the waterfall.
28th July 2015 1:19pm
You can also buy it in the new aquarium that comes with spa day, it counts that you caught
it if you put it in your inventory.Wink
7th December 2015 7:54pm
ut only some fish.....Unsure
7th December 2015 7:55pm
I caught a Treefish using perch at Sylvan Glade by the waterfall.
28th July 2015 1:22pm
I found Tetra
2nd August 2018 9:59am
I caught a Red-Tailed Black Shark in Willow creek park, by the middle fishingpost by the lake. I used Piranha as bait.
You can get piranha at the same place by fishing with a M sized fish (Cichlid or Trout for me). Yay, my last fish, collection completed! Laugh
28th July 2015 1:43pm
You can also catch discus fish in Oasis pond wit muckleberry.
13th September 2015 4:45pm
I caught it also in Oasis Spring Park pond with no bait, but Fishing skill 9.
12th March 2016 12:47am
caught wolf eel in willow creek park using frog as bait. (Fishing lvl 5 or 6)
16th September 2015 7:48am
Caught an Angelfish at the Willow Creek River with a Bass as bait yassss
21st September 2015 12:22am
Same One of my sims died and I got to level 10 fishing and used a bass as bait and instantly caught an angelfish
29th August 2016 9:35am
caught all but 1 if anyone knows what BAIT TO USE TO CATCH A Mountain Lion fish
25th September 2015 5:55am
I used catfish
24th October 2015 2:36pm
what does the freshness level count for?
3rd October 2015 2:24am
the freshness of a fish is similar to the freshness of fruits and veggies from plants. If your cooking skill isn't very high then the quality of your food is effected by the quality of your ingredients. Also the higher the quality the higher the sale value.
4th November 2015 4:25pm
Mekia Leslie
I can't find a Trout anywhere! And it's driving me insane MadMad I've fished at the Oasis Spring's pond like it tells you to, But I just can't find it! Anyone know any other places??
16th October 2015 7:13pm
Sylvan Glades by the waterfall. Smile
18th January 2016 6:55pm
I caught angler with koi
Treefis with lemon both in sylvan galde waterfall spot
18th October 2015 7:50am
Amanda Hart
My sim kids catch tree fish without bait alot.
9th October 2016 9:43am
You can catch rainbow fish, tilapia, discuss, cichlid, anglerfish, wolf eel, angel fish, guppies, minnows, trout, and catfish in Willow Creek. Go to the library and go down behind it to the left. There are three fishing areas there. The first one is where I caught all the above. Mind you, the rare fish took quite a bit of time and the right bait.
23rd October 2015 11:20pm
anyone have a for sure bait on the red-tailed black shark I have been using small fish but still nothing
24th October 2015 2:47pm
Small poor bait is the best. I always have trouble catching this fish but have most success in the small stream at the front of Oasis Springs Park.
18th January 2016 6:56pm
I just found out there are codes to spawn the fish if you are having a hard time try these just give yourself space for the fish to spawn if you spawn them at your house you can drag them to your inventory
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAEF1 Rainbowfish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB101 Sturgeon
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xE876 Treefish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB082 Red-Tailed Black Shark
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAEF4 Piranha
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xE874 Batfish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAFE6 Anglerfish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAF6E Catfish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB0A6 Wolf Eel
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB0C2 Kissing Gourami
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB03F Angelfish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB0B4 Betta
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAF72 Tilapia
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAFF0 Bass
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB1DC Tetra
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB03B Trout
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB16C Perch
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB0A2 Salmon
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAFE4 Minnow
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB04C Koi
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xB184 Guppy
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xAF70 Goldfish
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xFFCD Walleye (Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xFF4A Mountain Lionfish (Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xFEB1 Blue Crawdad ( Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xFEB3 Red Crawdad (Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)
objects.gsi_create_obj 0xFF19 Yellow Perch (Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)
24th October 2015 3:03pm
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