WoW Fishing and Cooking Guide 1-525

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This fishing and cooking guide will help you level all the way from 1-525 (updated for patch 4.3). It will tell you where to fish, what to cook, where to buy recipes, and provide other useful tips. If you are low on gold check out this Gold Guide for the best ways to make lots of gold.

Fishing and cooking are secondary skills that don’t take up your two profession spots. You don’t have to do fishing and cooking together but it’s a good idea because it’s easy to level up one another together. If you plan on using cooking a lot it’s a good idea to have fishing because a lot of the recipes you will probably want to use require fish derived from fishing. On the other hand, if you are fishing you might as well take on cooking to do something with all the fish you are catching.

If you want to train fishing and cooking then the first step is to go to a major city (or other location with trainers) and train “Apprentice Cook” and “Apprentice Fishing”.

Sections:
Fishing Tips
Cooking Tips
What to Do Before you Start Guide
Fishing and Cooking 1-525

Fishing Tips

In order to ensure you catch valuable fish you need to use lures and +fishing items to temporarily raise your fishing skill so that you have a higher fishing level.

Lures: It’s extremely important to use lures throughout this guide. In fact there are many spots in this guide (and even in game after you reach 525) that cannot be efficiently fished (meaning you won’t catch a lot of junk) without the use of a lure.

I recommend using the highest level lure that you can while you use this guide. Lures are commonly found at fishing supply vendors and other trade vendors. To use lures you simply right click one and left click your fishing pole to apply it. Below is a chart of lures that you can buy. Keep in mind that if you do fishing dailies you’ll also pick up some lures that way.

Lure Fishing Level Required +Fishing Amount Where to Find
Shiny Bauble 1 25 Fishing, Trade Supplies, and General Goods Vendors
Nightcrawlers 50 50 Fishing, Trade Supplies, and General Goods Vendors (also drops of certain undead mobs)
Bright Baubles 100 75 Fishing, Trade Supplies, and General Goods Vendors
Aquadynamic Fish Attractor 100 100 Sold in Limited Supply at Fishing Vendors (also crafted by engineers)
Feathered Lure 100 100 Created by cooks
Heat-Treated Spinning Lure 250 100 Created by engineers

 

+Fishing Gear: It’s also a good idea to use any +fishing gear that you can while you are fishing; however, it’s not a requirement. I recommend at least buying a “Strong Fishing Pole” which is equipable after you reach level 10 fishing skill and will increase you fishing by +5. This item is found at many fishing supply vendors.

Leveling: If you have never fished before you might find the following information useful. When you first start fishing you will skill up just about every single successful catch; however, the higher you skill up the more catches it will take to get a single skill up. By the end of the guide you need over ten successful catches just to gain one skill point.

How to Fish: To fish you must equip your fishing pole in your primary weapon spot and then click the “Fishing” button in your spellbook. You may pull the button over to one of your action bars to make it easier and of course you must cast into water.

 

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Cooking Tips

Cooking is fairly simply and the only tip I used to have was to buy “Flint and Tinder” from a general goods vendor so that you could make campfires and cook your fish over the fires. However, with patch 3.1.0 Blizzard removed this requirement, so you don’t even need the “Flint and Tinder” anymore! If you’ve never made a campfire don’t worry, it’s simple. Just click the “Basic Campfire” button in your spellbook and you have made fire.

 

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What to Do Before you Start the Guide

Clear Your Inventory: You’ll need a lot of bag space to hold fish, recipes, lures, spices, and other items so it’s really important to free up a lot of bag space before you head out.

Buy Supplies: Here is a list of items that will be needed or come in handy for this guide. Please keep in mind that the amounts are just estimates and you may need more or less of certain items.

Item Amount What it’s For Where to Buy
Shiny Bauble 5 To use as a lure from 1-50 Fishing Supply Vendor
Nightcrawlers 10 To use as a lure from 50-100 Fishing Supply Vendor
Bright Baubles 60 To use as a lure from 100 and up Fishing Supply Vendor
Aquadynamic Fish Attractor or Feathered Lure These are in limited supply on vendors so just buy what they have or check the Auction House To use as a lure from 100 and up Fishing Supply Vendor/Auction House
Fishing Pole 1 To fish with Fishing Supply Vendor
Strong Fishing Pole 1 To fish with after you reach fishing level 10 Fishing Supply Vendor
Refreshing Spring Water 60 To make Nightfin Soup General Goods Vendor or Innkeeper
Northern Spices At least 35 To make Imperial Manta Steak Cooking Supplies Vendor in Dalaran or Auction House

 

Buy Recipes

Here is a list of recipes and where you can buy them. Some recipes are sold by several vendors; however, I only listed the most practical ones for you to visit. Make sure you check the list to ensure that you are buying all the recipes that are available from a certain place. For example, there are several items that need to be bought in Booty Bay, make sure you buy them all before you leave.

Item What it’s For Where to Buy for Alliance Where to Buy for Horde
Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish Cooking Raw Brilliant Smallfish Tharynn Bouden-Goldshire, Elwynn Forest Harn Longcast-Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore
Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper Cooking Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper Tharynn Bouden-Goldshire, Elwynn Forest Harn Longcast-Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore
Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish Cooking Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish Catherine Leland-Canals, Stormwind Naal Mistrunner-Thunderbluff (center area)
Recipe: Mithril Head Trout Cooking Raw Mithril Head Trout Kelsey Yance-Booty Bay, The Cape of Stranglethorn Kelsey Yance-Booty Bay, The Cape of Stranglethorn
Recipe: Filet of Redgill Cooking Raw Redgill Kelsey Yance-Booty Bay, The Cape of Stranglethorn Kelsey Yance-Booty Bay, The Cape of Stranglethorn
Recipe: Baked Salmon Cooking Raw Whitescale Salmon Vivianna-Feathermoon Stronghold, Feralas Sheendra Tallgrass-Camp Mojache, Feralas
Recipe: Blackened Trout Cooking Barbed Gill Trout Doba-Orebor Harborage, Zangarmarsh (must be at least neutral with Kurenai) Gambarinka-Zabra’jin, Zangarmarsh
Recipe: Feltail Delight Cooking Spotted Feltail Doba-Orebor Harborage, Zangarmarsh (must be at least neutral with Kurenai) Zurai-Swamprat Post, Zangarmarsh
Recipe: Blackened Sporefish Cooking Zangarian Sporefish Juno Dufrain-Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh (near lake) Juno Dufrain-Cenarion Refuge, Zangarmarsh (near lake)
Recipe: Golden Fish Sticks Cooking Golden Darter Innkeeper Biribi-Allerian Stronghold, Terokkar Forest (in the inn) Rungor-Stonebreaker Hold, Terokkar Forest
Recipe: Imperial Manta Steak *Requires 3 Dalaran Cooking Awards Cooking Northern Spices and Imperial Manta Ray Derek Odds-Dalaran Misensi-Dalaran
Recipe: Lightly Fried Lurker or Lurker Lunch *Requires Chef’s Awards Cooking Striped Lurker Bario Matalli-Stormwind Shazdar-Orgrimmar
Recipe: Pickled Guppy *Requires Chef’s Awards Cooking Highland Guppy Bario Matalli-Stormwind Shazdar-Orgrimmar
Recipe: Delicious Sagefish Tail or Severed Sagefish Head *Requires Chef’s Awards Cooking Deepsea Sagefish Bario Matalli-Stormwind Shazdar-Orgrimmar
Recipe: Baked Rockfish *Requires Chef’s Awards (this is optional) Cooking Algaefin Rockfish Bario Matalli-Stormwind Shazdar-Orgrimmar

 

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Fishing and Cooking 1-525

Below you will find the 1-525 fishing guide. Good luck and remember that if you get sick of fishing (oh no!) and just want to buy cooking mats but need another way to make money besides fishing check out this Gold Guide.

Fishing 1-100 and Cooking 1-100

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Raw Brilliant Smallfish and Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper Lake near Goldshire, Elwynn Forest or Stonebull Lake, Mulgore 100 100

 

Cook Brilliant Smallfish and Longjaw Mudsnapper. You will have to travel to a trainer to learn Journeyman Fishing and Journeyman Cook during this section of the guide (this can be done once you hit 50 or you can wait until you hit 75 for each skill).

 

Fishing 100-165 and Cooking 100-125

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish The Canals in Stormwind or Pond near AH in Thunderbluff 125 165

 

Cook Bristle Whisker Catfish.

 

Fishing 165-225 and Cooking 125-225

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish and Raw Mithril Head Trout Inland Water in Dustwallow Marsh or Inland Water in Western Plaguelands 225 225

 

Cook Bristle Whisker Catfish and Mithril Head Trout. Stay until you reach 225 fishing and 225 cooking.

 

Fishing 225-300 and Cooking 225 to 275

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Raw Redgill and Raw Nightfin Snapper or Raw Sunscale Salmon Inland Water Eastern Plaguelands 275 300

 

You can train the Nightfin Soup and/or Poached Sunscale Salmon recipes you’ll cook in this section at the trainer.

 

Fishing 300-350 and Cooking 275-325

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Raw Whitescale Salmon Water in the Tainted Forest, Blasted Lands or Jademir Lake, Feralas 300 300

 

Cook Baked Salmon.

 

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Zangarian Sporefish, Barbed Gil Trout, Spotted Feltail Umbrafen Lake, Zangarmarsh 325 350

 

Cook Blackened Trout, Feltail Delight, and Blackened Sporefish.

 

Fishing 350-370 and Cooking 325-350

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Barbed Gill Trout and Golden Darter Allerian Stronghold, Terokkar Forest or Stonebreaker Hold, Terokkar Forest 350 370

 

Cook Blackened Trout and Golden Fish Sticks. After you reach at least 350 fishing and 350 cooking you can head to Northrend and train at Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord (for Horde) or Valgarde, Howling Fjord (for Alliance) or Dalaran (for Alliance and Horde). I suggest going to Dalaran because at 350 you should begin doing the Dalaran cooking dailies in order to earn Dalaran Cooking Awards to be able to purchase the final recipe of the 1-450 section. Visit your faction’s cooking trainer in Dalaran to get the dailies and be sure to complete one each day to get the required 3 tokens to buy Imperial Manta Steak.

 

Fishing 370-450 and Cooking 350-450

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Borean Man O’ War, Darkwater Clam, Imperial Manta Ray, Rockfin Grouper Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord (Coastal Waters) 450 450

 

For this section first make Smoked Rockfin from 350-380, then Dalaran Clam Chowder from 380-390, then Baked Manta Ray from 390-400, then Black Jelly from 400-415, and finally, Imperial Manta Steak from 415-450. Remember you’ll need to buy the Imperial Manta Steak recipe with Dalaran Cooking Awards.

 

Fishing 450-525 and Cooking 450-525

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Highland Guppy and Striped Lurker Inland Water Twilight Highlands 500 500

 

Cook Lightly Fried Lurker or Lurker Lunch and Pickled Guppy. For this section of the guide you will need to buy all your cooking recipes with Chef’s Awards. You get these by doing the Stormwind or Orgrimmar cooking dailies. Get your cooking skill to at least 500, don’t worry if your fishing isn’t quite there yet before you move to the coast.

 

Fish Location Cooking Level to Reach Fishing Level to Reach
Deepsea Sagefish and Algaefin Rockfish Coastal Water Twilight Highlands 525 525

 

Cook Delicious Sagefish Tail or Severed Sagefish Head and Baked Rockfish. For this section of the guide you will need to buy all your cooking recipes with Chef’s Awards. You get these by doing the Stormwind or Orgrimmar cooking dailies.

 

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