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!

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Video Guide: The Sims 4 Fishing Skill

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

The Sims 4 Video

Sims 4 Patch: Fishing Overhaul

A video covering the fishing changes in the patch that came with Island Living. Its impact on the skill is noticeable, and rare collectibles are easier to find. Money making is a bit more even, however reduced.

The Sims 4 Video

A Note on The Free Patch and Island Living Expansion

Island Living introduces fish traps and the ability to fish from water canoes. At the same time, the developers overhauled the fishing skill to make its unlocks a bit more interesting. Sims can now mentor in fishing and share tips, among other things. The level up list below should make it clear what abilities you get from fishing regularly vs with the Expansion installed.

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 have an easier time with level 10 Handiness as there is a Fish is reliably caught in 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 and 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 through 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 - Sims can Fish with Bait and gain the Examine Water ability on Fishing Spots. If you own Island Living, you can catch fish using Fish Traps (max 2) in ocean water.
  • Level 4 - Can Catch Catfish and Tilapia. Chance of catching treasure increases.
  • Level 5 - Catch more rare fish like the skeleton fish, "Captain Fishbones" Bonefish. Can now fish in any weather, and while uncomfortable, tense, or stressed.
  • Level 6 - Can Catch Rainbow Fish. Share Fishing Tips unlocks as a social ability, helping others to level the skill. If you own Island Living the amount of traps you can use is upped to 4.
  • Level 7 - Can now catch Anglerfish. Can share information on the rarest fish when asked about fishing spots. With Island Living your Sim is now more adept at deep sea fishing and can catch Bluefin tuna.
  • Level 8 - Teach other Sims to fish.
  • Level 9 - Can now "Angle for Big Catch" and share Expert Fishing Tips with other Sims.
  • Level 10 - A true master of the fishing craft. The most elusive and difficult sea creatures prove no match, and other Sims envy your finesse and technique. In addition, your Sim has mastered the art of trapping and can now have a maximum of 6 Fish Traps. The legendary Golden Mahi Mahi can now be found in appropriate ocean waters.

Social Functions

Talk about Bait and local fishing spots are two fishing socials that can be handy. Sims can also be mentored in fishing. Other Sims may provide you advice on fish baits and types of fish to fill out the notebook with helpful information. Fishing is also now a join/invite type activity, and you'll gain small amounts of relationship while fishing with each other (even though they won't really talk).

Displaying Fish Trophies

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.

Bait raises effective skill level, meaning your Sim catches at a higher rate while using it. It also shifts the odds of specific fish, when you're using the correct kind of bait. Only a handful of fish really require bait if at all. But catch rates can be so low that you will want it if you're trying to finish a collection.

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

Examine water unlocks at level 3. When you use this ability, which is best done when Focused, you will get an idea of what types of fish lurk at that spot and may learn what types of bait they use. When it fails, there's no message. I think that if it fails you may not get to try again, but it's sensible to use it before you begin fishing as it can help to fill out the notebook over time with information.

Fish Traps (Island Living)

The Sims 4 Island Living features fish traps which can catch fish automatically
Island Living's Fish Traps catch fish automatically.

The Sims 4 Island Living introduces Fish Traps, which can be found under outdoor activities objects. These new traps can be baited just like your pole, and will attract fish based on the bait you use. It's still random, but it helps improve your odds of specific fish. What's more, there are three places you can put fish traps: shoreline water (ankle deep), snorkeling depth water (shallow), and deep water (where you scuba). Each of the three has a separate fish list that determines what you'll catch, so placing them further out may be of use to you.

Before you go placing tons of these, you need level 3 Fishing to place 2, which expands to 6 by level 10 in the skill. Fish Traps take about 40-48h to fill, though sometimes they are full earlier. You can harvest them at half, but it's strongly suggested you let them fill up as it's inefficient on time, money, and bait. You can check trap to determine how full the traps are getting.

Canoe Fishing (Island Living)

Island Living features the ability to fish off a boat
Want to fish off a boat? Island Living will let you.

Island Living lets you fish off boats. Buy a canoe in outdoor activities, place it on your lot. Now your Sim can load it into their inventory and select a spot of water, "Sail here". Once you're out in the water, you can click the canoe to use a fishing interaction - all your normal ones, even Aquatic Lure (mermaid ability).

Be aware there are two places you can fish off a canoe - deep water and shallow water. There is a large visual difference between the two, as you can see through shallow water but not the deep. The top left neighborhood in Sulani has deep water, as does Mua Pel'am, but the resort area has no deep water.

Aquatic Lure (Mermaid Ability in Island Living)

Island Living's Mermaids can greatly improve fishing with their Aquatic Lure
Aquatic Lure improves fish catch rates at any fishing spot, even a canoe.

Island Living's Mermaids can use an ability called, "Aquatic Lure" on fishing spots. This costs 30 hydration, so top off before you use it. When this spell is cast, the Sim pulls out a big conch and blows. The horn sounds and a glow appears on the fishing spot. Now fishermen at this spot fish as though they're 2 levels higher, and fish catch rates are improved (as opposed to treasure/seaweed). This effect lasts at minimum several hours.

Endangered Species

Island Living's got several endangered species.
Catching an Endangered fish like the Golden Mahi Mahi may result in fines, but they sure look nice on a wall. Nearby Sims will get mad at you for keeping one.

Sometimes when fishing in Island Living, you'll catch an endangered species. You are given a prompt, either keep it or throw it back. You do not need to keep it for it to count toward collecting, but you will need to if you want to sell it or mount it on your wall. Keeping the fish with other Sims nearby results in a relationship hit, and you may end up with a fine for doing so. The fish list below has all the endangered fish I'm aware of, but here they are for your convenience: Golden Mahi Mahi, Leopard Shark, Butterflyfish, Bluefin Tuna, Royal Sabrefish.

Fish List

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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 Uncommon, 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
Celestial Grouper in The Sims 4 Island LivingCelestial GrouperMCommon$15-20LowIsland Living Expansion (Sulani)
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.
Clownfish in The Sims 4 Island LivingClownfishSCommon$15-18LowIsland Living Expansion (Sulani)
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
Mahi Mahi in The Sims 4 Island LivingMahi MahiLCommon$90-120LowIsland Living Expansion (Sulani). Catch in deep water
Minnow in The Sims 4MinnowSCommon$7-$9LowAvailable in most Fishing Spots
Neon Angelfish in The Sims 4 Island LivingNeon AngelfishSCommon$15-22LowIsland Living Expansion (Sulani)
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 Willow 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-$20LowLook directly behind Willow Creek Library. There is a peninsula. Look to the fishing spot on the very end, and come back one spot - you'll be facing a lighthouse slightly to your right when facing the spot head on. This is the best way I can think of to describe it. If you don't catch one quickly it's RNG, I can confirm this as of Feb 2020. They moved locations of Angelfish and this is now one of the best spots. I don't know why.
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
Bluefin Tuna in The Sims 4 Island LivingBluefin TunaLUncommon$150-175HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani), Endangered
Butterflyfish in The Sims 4 Island LivingButterflyfishMUncommon$30-40MedIsland Living Expansion (Sulani), Catch at Mua Pel'am Oceanic Paradise lot
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
Fighting Plakat in The Sims 4 Island LivingFighting PlakatSUncommon$18-26LowIsland Living Expansion (Sulani)
Kissing Gourami in The Sims 4Kissing GouramiSUncommon$16-$18LowFound commonly in Rivers.
Parrotfish in The Sims 4 Island LivingParrotfishLUncommon$60-75HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani)
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-$350MedUse 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, Sylvan 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.
Golden Mahi Mahi in The Sims 4 Island LivingGolden Mahi MahiLRare$250-350HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani), Endangered Species. Catch in deep water.
Green Plakat in The Sims 4 Island LivingGreen PlakatSRare$30-45MedIsland Living Expansion (Sulani)
Gummie Guppie in The Sims 4Gummie GuppieSRare$15-30LowMagnolia Promenade (GTW), Oasis Spring's Park, Sylvan Glade waterfall, Hermit's Secret Location (Outdoor Retreat)
Leopard Shark in The Sims 4 Island LivingLeopard SharkMRare$100-135HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani), Endangered Species. Catch at fishing spot near shipwreck house at Mua Pel'am
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 occasionally 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.
Royal Sabrefish in The Sims 4 Island LivingRoyal SabrefishLRare$300-400HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani). Endangered, Catch in deep ocean water.
Scorpionfish in The Sims 4 Island LivingScorpionfishLRare$100-130HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani), Catch at fishing spot near shipwreck house on Mua Pel'am.
Sturgeon in The Sims 4SturgeonLRare$140-$350HighFound at pool in back of Oasis Springs Park, Pond in Willow Creek Park, as well as Forgotten Grotto.
Swordfish in The Sims 4 Island LivingSwordfishLRare$200-250HighIsland Living Expansion (Sulani), Catch in deep ocean water.
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$50-81HighOutdoor Retreat Game Pack. Found in Deep Woods of Granite Falls (Waterfall Spot)
Mountain Lionfish in The Sims 4 Outdoor RetreatMountain LionfishLRare$166-$300HighOutdoor 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.

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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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Ryan Davissays...

Ok I could use some help here with the household.auto_paybills cheat.

Ok I tried to put it in how people put it in or if it has changed now idk. The ways I have tried putting it in are

1. households.auto_paybills or household.auto_paybills And as well I know the latest update previously in the past was household.auto_paybills true and households.auto_paybills true

Like is their a certain way you got to spell it exactly how it was to be spelled or how exactly you got to put it together? Like lowercase or not or does it have to be spaced in between all together like same goes for the true right? Cause I am loss right now if I am doing it right.

To spell it correctly with the right lower or upper case for all one of the words or whether some need to be spaced out or all together.

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Carolinesays...

Ok this page is OLD and I'm sure this will not get noticed... but what the hell is with the big shadowy fish in the Willow Creek sparkly sign spot?? I have googled it and I've got nothing.

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Playalotsays...

All comments get noticed And we update the pages as/if when changes happen too.

The weird dark shadowy fish was added with the free fishing update that happened just before Island Living was released. It is meant to show that there are legendary (rare) fish in the water. But tbh... it really doesn't seem to actually mean that at all as in reality as you can catch the rare fish down in that area of Willow Creek even when it is not there.

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shimmersays...

I was having the most difficult time catching the angelfish - but thanks to this guide, I was able to catch it in just a few short minutes behind the library, just as Carl describes. Thanks for creating such a detailed guide!

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Interestedsays...

I am discovering debug hidden items. I see many fishing signs but I can't tell the difference between them. Also the fishing sign I would like to have is one that would work from a dock. There is one dock sign in Sulani - but where can I find it to use at one of my houses? Also - I see fishing ponds - any advice on using those at a house?

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Playalotsays...

Any debug item can be placed on a home lot in build mode so just place the ponds where you want them and the signs at the edge. Or make a pond with the pool or fountain tool and place a fishing sign using MOO.

As to which fishing sign to use, it's really trial and error.

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brittanysays...

i've found the mahi mahi but am having trouble finding the Golden Mahi Mahi does anyone where in Sulani i can find it

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Playalotsays...

Easiest way is to place a few fish traps around and eventually you'll catch one. But the Golden Mahi can be caught when fishing off a boat over the deep waterhole scuba diving areas or I have caught them from the shore in all the areas when my Sim had a high enough fishing skill, usually only after catching one from the trap or the deeper water first.

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Simmersays...

I caught a Catfish with a Kissing Gourami as bait.

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Happysays...

THANK YOU!!! Just caught an Angelfish in the spot listed here in the guide using frog as bait. Only had to use two frogs. I also have max fishing skill. {May 25, 2022}.



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