osrs fishing guide

Fishing isn’t exactly the fastest 99 but it is a skill that can be done primarily through AFK gameplay, depending on the method you end up choosing. In this OSRS Fishing Guide, we will be summing up the fastest way to 99 as well as some slower moneymaking ways. We’ll start off with the Fastest way to reach 99 and finish off with the most profitable way. 

Use the navigation below to navigate to your preferred fishing method and current level!

EXP Boosters

Before we get into the guide, as always you want to make sure you are running at maximum efficiency. Just like other skills have exp-boosting outfits, the fishing skill has one too. 

Anglers outfit

anglers outfit osrs

The full anglers outfit will give you a nice experience boost of 2,5%, this will help a lot on your way to 99. This outfit can be obtained by doing the Fishing Trawler Minigame or by aerial fishing. 

From levels 50-99 you will save around 6 hours in total by wearing the Anglers Outfit. It will take you around 6-8 hours to get so it’s up to you whether or not you think its worth it.

The full outfit is a requirement for the minnows spot in the fishing guild, which is the most profitable fishing spot at 550k/hr.

Fishing Trawler

World: 370

Inventory: Swamp paste, rope, bailing bucket

You can do this mini-game AFK. Simply spam click the hole while watching some Netflix. Every game lasts 10 minutes. You should be able to get the full set in under 8 hours. 

Aerial Fishing

Dragon/Infernal Harpoon

The dragon harpoon is wieldable from level 61 fishing and 60 attack. Using the special attack (you can activate it anywhere) will give you a 20% faster catch rate than a regular harpoon.

The special attack will also boost your fishing level by 3 for a small period of time each time it’s used. This can be using for any type of fishing so it’s highly recommended to use it for the fastest possible fishing experience.

The Infernal Harpoon requires you to have 75 fishing and 85 cooking to wield. Similarly to the Infernal Axe in woodcutting, you get a 1/3 chance of cooking a fish while catching it. This gives you half the cooking experience it regularly would. It will also consume the fish. The infernal harpoon is created using a dragon harpoon and smoldering stone and holds 5000 charges. Once it’s out of charges it becomes a regular dragon harpoon.

OSRS 1-99 P2P Fishing Guide – The Fast Way

Recommendation: Complete Sea Slug

If you have 30 firemaking it will be well worth it for you to skip the first 24 levels of fishing and instead complete this quest. I 100% recommend you do this if you do have the required firemaking level, it will be much faster. 

Levels 1-20 Shrimp/Anchovy

levels 1-20 osrs fishing guide

Shrimp are caught with a small fishing net and give you 10 experience per catch. At level 15 you will also be catching anchovies which will grant you 40 experience each. It will take you 252 shrimp to get to level 15 and then 206 shrimp or 52 anchovies to reach level 20. 

Equipment: small fishing net

Locations: Lumbridge Swamp, Draynor Village, Catherby (P2P)

Levels 20-58 Fly Fishing

levels 20-58 osrs fishing guide

From levels 20 you unlock the ability to fish trout using fly fishing. From level 30 you will also be catching Salmon. Every trout will grant you 50 experience and every salmon 70 experience. 

Equipment: Fly Fishing rod + feathers

EXP Rate: 25-35k/h

Locations: Shilo Village (recommended), Lumbridge, Barbarian Village, Gnome

Levels 58-99 Barbarian Fishing

levels 58-99 fishing guide osrs

At levels 58 you unlock the ability to fish leaping salmon through barbarian fishing. At level 70 you unlock leaping sturgeon. Catching the former will grant you 70 experience and the latter 80. 

With barbarian fishing, you also receive strength and agility experience as an added bonus. 

Requirements:

  • Fishing level: 50(leaping salmon)/70(leaping sturgeon)
  • Strength level: 30(leaping salmon)/45(leaping sturgeon) 
  • Agility level: 30(leaping salmon)/45(leaping sturgeon)
  • Start Barbarian training (speak to Otto) 

Equipment: Heavy Fishing Rod

EXP Rate:

  • 30-45K/H from 58-70
  • 50-60K/H from 70-99

Location: Barbarian Outpost (games necklace/minigame teleport) 

Taking this method all the way to 99 will grant you an additional 1.2m experience in both Agility and Strength.

You can get 90-110K exp using tick manipulation, 3-tick guide here.

OSRS 1-99 P2P Fishing Guide – MONEYMAKING WAY

The moneymaking portion of this guide will be ranked by profit per hour.

Levels 75 – 99 Swordfish/Tuna 100K/hr

swordfish osrs fishing guide

This method is more AFK than monkfish for slightly less money per hour and fewer requirements. To get the highest amount of experience per hour you should use a dragon/infernal harpoon and of course, set up at the fishing guild for that 7 (invisible level boost.

Equipment: harpoon (dragon/infernal highly recommended)

  • EXP Rate: 35-40K exp/hr
  • 100K gp/hr
  • 310 hours to 99

Location: Fishing Guild (skills necklace/Camelot teleport)

Levels 62 – 99 Monkfish 115K/hr

monkfish fishing guide osrs

Monkfish offers a good amount of experience per hour which is why plenty of people have taken this method all the way to 99. 

Requirements: 

  • Swan Song Quest (high requirements)  
  • 62 Fishing

Equipment: small fishing net

  • EXP Rate: 30-40k exp/hr
  • 115k gp/hr
  • 362 hours to 99

Levels 80 – 99 Infernal Eel 250K/hr

infernal eel fishing guide osrs

Infernal Eels become a possibility to those who own a fire cape as this grants you access to the inner city of Mor Ul Rek. You don’t need to bank as you’ll be using your hammer to crack open the eel you get into tokkul. Every eel will grant you 10-20 tokkul. It’s also possible you get (1) onyx bolt tips or (5) lava scale shards. 

  • EXP Rate: 28-35k exp/hr
  • 250k gp/hr
  • 315 hr to 99

Equipment: oily fishing rod, bait, hammer, fire gloves
Requirements:

  • Access to a Fire cape 
  • Ice gloves (Ice queen)

Location: Tzhaar City, use a glory teleport to Karamja and walk towards the cave (volcano) or use the fairy ring code BLP to be teleported directly to the entrance of Mor Ul Rek.

Levels 82 – 99 Anglerfish 361K/hr

Anglerfish osrs fishing guide

Anglerfish, because they are so slow to catch are very AFK and thus a good money-making method for those who like to watch movies while they catch some fish.

  • EXP Rate: 15-23k exp/hr
  • 361k gp/hr
  • 470hr to 99

Equipment: Fishing rod + sandworms

Requirements:

  • 100% Piscarilius favour

Location: Port Piscarilius

Levels 85 – 99 Dark Crabs 440K/hr

dark crabs fishing guide osrs

Fishing dark crabs gives you a good exp rate and money rate per hour but it comes with the disadvantage that you can only fish them at level 51 of the wilderness. Meaning your chances of getting PKed are very high and this will cut into your profits. 

The NPC Piles will note your crabs for 50 coins each but you should make sure you bank every now and then to reduce the amount of risk you’re carrying. Make sure you bring food and money to enter the area and to note your crabs. 

  • EXP Rate: 40k exp/hr
  • 440K gp/hr
  • 244hr to 99

Equipment: Lobster pot + dark fishing bait

Location: Wilderness Resource Area

Levels 82-99 Minnows 550K/hr

minnows moneymaking fishing guide osrs

Minnows are by far the best way to make money with fishing. And unlike a lot of the other methods posted above, you get a good experience rate at the same time! The downside to minnows is that they are not AFK. Minnow spots move around every 15 seconds. 

You can exchange minnows for raw shark at a rate of 40 minnows for 1 raw shark. 

  • EXP Rate: 40-55K exp/hr
  • 550K gp/hr
  • 212hr to 99

Requirements

  • Angler’s outfit
  • Fishing Content Quest

Equipment: Small fishing net

Location: Fishing Guild

OSRS 1 – 99 F2P Fishing Guide

Levels 1-20 Anchovies/shrimp

f2p fishing guide osrs

Equipment: small fishing net

Locations: Lumbridge Swamp, Draynor Village

Levels 20-99 trout/salmon

F2P fishing guide osrs

From levels 20 until 99 you want to do power fishing for the fastest way to reach 99 in f2p fishing. 

EXP Rate: 25-35K/hr

Equipment: fly-fishing rod + feathers

Location: barbarian village

Alternative methods

As a F2P player the place to be for making money with fishing is Karamja. On the docks, you can catch lobster and tuna/swordfish. The closest banking option is the bank deposit box on the docks near the monks. Since this requires you to travel back to Karamja, you’ll have to pay 30gp every time. 

Paying the fee can be avoided by completing both the dragon slayer and the corsair curse. Completion of dragon slayer also lets you access the corsair curse resource area and completion of the corsair curse will let you use the bank in the area. 

Levels 40- 50 lobster

Equipment: lobster pot + cash stack (30gp each time you sail to port sarim) 

Location: Musa Point, Karamja/corsair curse resource area

Levels 50-99 Swordfish/tuna

You should drop the tuna as the swordfish will make you a lot more money. 

Equipment: harpoon + cash stack

Location: Musa Point, Karamja/corsair curse resource area

Fishing Guild

fishing guild osrs

You can enter the fishing guild from level 68. This has the same (7) invisible level boost as most other guilds. With a nearby bank, the guild is great for swordfish/tuna, sharks and of course the minnow platforms are here as well. 

An admiral pie can be used to boost your fishing levels by 5 meaning you can enter the guild at level 63. Admiral pie boost does not stack with the 7 level boost of the guild.

Fishing Guild Location

The fishing guild is located south-west of Seers Village. You can easily get here by using a skills necklace and teleporting directly to the guild or by teleporting to Camelot and walking down from there.

Quests that grant fishing Experience

You can check out our optimal quest guide.

QuestFishing experienceFishing level requiredother level requirements
Fishing content2,43710/
Sea Slug7,175/30 Firemaking
The Fremennik Trials 2,812//
Tai Bwo Wannai Trio5,000515 Agility, 30 Cooking
Recipe for Disaster – Pirate Pete1,000/31 cooking
Rum Deal7,0005042 crafting, 42 slayer, 47 prayer & 40 farming
Heroes Quest2,7255355 Quest Points, 25 herblore & 53 cooking
Swan Song (monkfish)10,00062100 Quest Points, 40 crafting, 42 firemaking, 45 smithing, 62 cooking & 66 magic

Hopefully, this OSRS 1-99 Fishing Guide was helpful. If anything’s missing feel free to let us know. Tip: You can use the Fishing calculator to calculate your experience left and possible profits.

Summary: Osrs Fishing Guide

Hopefully, this osrs fishing guide was helpful and will aid you in getting 1-99 fishing as quickly as possible. Fishing is a very relaxed skill that you can easily train AFK while you do quests, NMZ or skilling on an alt account or even watch a movie/work/do homework.

If you want to train your fishing as AFK as possible, doing swordfish/tuna is recommended. Infernal and Sacred eels are also a great way to train AFK and make good money while you level your fishing, though the experience rates are very low.

For the highest experience rates opt for barbarian fishing as soon as you can. This semi-AFK method is currently the fastest way to get 99 fishing in the game.

Remember: you can get the Anglers outfit to boost your experience rates by 2,5% if the full outfit is worn while fishing. Plus you get nice fashionscape. 😉

Use a dragon/infernal harpoon when fishing tuna/swordfish will give you a 20% faster catch rate. The special attack will also boost your fishing by 3 levels to increase exp rates and should be used to reach 99 fishing as quickly as possible even when doing barbarian fishing.

Let us know if any information is missing so we can keep this osrs fishing guide as updated as possible.

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