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Have you always wanted to take up fishing and get out into the great outdoors where you can enjoy nature while casting your line in the sparkling water? Well, now is a great time to start! Fishing is a hobby that can be pursued at your leisure and requires nothing more than a little patience and a fishing pole.


One of the only ways a hobbit can spend an afternoon snoozing in the sun and still get dinner.

The Basics

Players can train in the art of fishing and tackle from Hobby Masters: Hobby Masters hold the secrets to learning various hobbies. Hobby Masters were introduced into the game with Book 13: Doom of the Last-king (Patch Notes - April 24th, 2008).

Hobby Master NPCs

NPC Region Location Coords
Henry Oakeshott Bree-land Scholar's Stair Archives (Bree) [30.5S, 51.7W]
Refkell Ered Luin Hall of Kings (Thorin's Hall) [13.8S, 103.2W]
Brago Puddifoot The Shire Bywater Pool [31.2S, 70.0W]
Estmar Bolger The Shire The Bird and Baby Inn (Michel Delving) [33.4S, 75.4W]
Haldúr The Trollshaws The Hall of Fire (The Last Homely House) [29.8S, 3.4W]
Arnfin Moria The Twenty-first Hall [5.7S, 105.2W]
-- Dunland Galtrev [79.9S, 16.9W]
-- East Rohan Snowbourn, Sutcrofts [61.1S, 61.3W]
-- Wildermore Forlaw [38.9S, 61.1W]
-- West Rohan Aldburg, Eastfold [69.4S, 64.5W]
Dúdrad West Rohan Edoras, Kingstead [62.7S, 74.7W]
-- Western Gondor Dol Amroth, Havens of Belfalas [75.1S, 70.3W]

How to Fish

Open the Character Journal and click on the Hobby tab along the top. Here you will find information about fishing, and the Fishing icon which you should assign to a quickslot.

Locate any body of water; a lake, river, stream, or pond should suffice. Once you have picked out your fishing spot, equip your fishing pole and face the water. Press the Fishing quickslot button once (or activate the associated hotkey) to cast your line. Once the line has been cast, wait until you see signs of struggling - splashing in the water, the bobber dipping under the water, or your fishing pole flexing are the signs. When these signs occur, reel in your line by pressing the Fishing button again. If you reacted in time, you will have caught something. If not, try again. There is no limit to the number of times you can cast and retrieve the line, but experience accrual will cease after ten points have been earned in a 24 hour period.


Your first fishing-rod is a gift from the hobby-master. Better fishing-rods can be crafted by an Expert Woodworker, but the basic rod will do splendidly for a beginner.

Fishing Poles Bonus Recipes
Basic Fishing Rod - -
Yew Fishing Rod
Well-crafted Yew Fishing Rod
+1 Fishing Skill
+3 Fishing Skill
Lebethron Fishing Rod
Well-crafted Lebethron Fishing Rod
+4 Fishing Skill
+5 Fishing Skill
Rohirric Fishing Rod +8 Fishing Skill Barterer: Eastemnet Miscellany Quartermaster

Fishing Quests

Hytbold - Aiding the Sutcrofts


Fishing Titles

Your proficiency level can only be increased by 10 points per day. A yellow progress bar on the Hobby tab of the Character log indicates you've reached your limit for that day. You can continue to fish, but you will not receive any more experience for the rest of that day.

Level Points
Apprentice Angler 10
Journeyman Angler 50
Expert Angler 100
Master Angler 150
Lord/Lady of Streams 200
Catch of the Day
Title Requirement
Darter-master Catch all 9 Darter varieties.
Sturgeon-master Catch all 9 Sturgeon varieties.
The Complete Angler Catch a 50lb Salmon!
Trout-master Catch all 9 Trout varieties.

Fishing Deeds

Catch of the Day

Certain fish are caught depending on your level of experience in your Hobby. Once you reach the next proficiency, fish from the level before will no longer yield points for you.

There are several types of fish you are able to catch.

See detailed list of fish.

Rare Fish Locations



Introduced with Book 13: Doom of the Last-king, fishing is the first hobby being introduced in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. For more information about fishing, see this Developer Diary

External References

A wonderful, visual site about fishing that helped us fill in some blanks: The Compleat Angler's Visual Guide To Fishing In Middle-Earth