Fishing is one of the ways to make money in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. While you’re waiting for your buildings to be upgraded or for your crops to finally grow, fishing can be a great way to spend your downtime and turn a profit at the same time.
Catching all 50 Normal Fish available in the game will award you with the Master Angler achievement from the Harvest Goddess. This is also a requirement if you want to marry either the Harvest Goddess or Kappa.
How To Get the Fishing Rod
You’ll need to claim your Fishing Rod at the start of the game from Zack.
Here are the requirements needed to unlock the Fishing Rod cutscene:
- It is between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM of any day, season, or year
- Zack is inside his house on Mineral Beach
- There is at least one empty space in the farmer’s Tool Bag
Once you have your Fishing Rod, you can start to fish wherever there’s water around town.
Fishing Locations + How To Fish
There are many fishing spots in Mineral Town that you can visit in any season, such as:
- The bridge leading to the Summit
- Mother’s Lake
- The Harvest Goddess’ waterfall
- Secret Forest pond
- Ocean (Mineral Beach)
Simply equip your Fishing Rod from the tool pocket and press your action button while standing next to any body of water to start fishing.
When you get a bite just reel it in – and if you’re quick enough then you’ll pull something out of the water (usually fish, but possibly other items too).
How To Upgrade Your Fishing Rod
You can start fishing right away after getting the Fishing Rod from Zack.
However, this basic tool will only let you catch Small and Medium Fish.
To truly maximize your fishing profits, you’ll need to upgrade your Fishing Rod. These upgrades can be bought from Saibara at the Forge. As you progress in the game, you can unlock higher-level upgrades to help you catch bigger and better fish.
Like all your other tools, you can upgrade your Fishing Rod a total of 7 times.
|Fishing Rod Blacksmith Upgrades|
|Upgrade||Exp. Required||How To Upgrade||Catch Range|
|Small & medium fish|
|Small, medium, & large fish|
|Small, medium, & large fish + rare items|
|Cursed||100%||Unlock from the 29th floor of the Lake Mine||Small, medium, large, & Guardian fish + rare items|
|Blessed||100%||Use the Cursed Fishing Rod 50 times|
|Small, medium, & large fish, rare items + 20% fish bite increase|
Types of Fish (Full List)
Although there are 57 different types of fish you can catch, they’ll just be categorized into Small, Medium, and Large Fish once added to your inventory.
Each Normal Fish will sell for the same price depending on its size.
|Normal Fish Selling Prices|
|Small Fish||<24 cm||50 G|
|Medium Fish||25-49 cm||120 G|
|Large Fish||>50 cm||200 G|
Normal Fish List
Here are all 50 Normal Fish you need to catch to get the Master Angler achievement:
|Fish||Location||Maximum Size||Fishing Rod Charge Required|
|Amur Minnow||Lake, Bridge, Pond||Small||1|
|Masu Trout||Lake, Bridge, Pond||Medium|
|Dark Sleeper||River, Pond|
|Bluegill||Lake, Bridge, Waterfall, River, Pond|
|Dace||Waterfall, River, Pond||2|
|Black Bass||Lake, Bridge, Waterfall, River, Pond|
|Crucian Carp||Lake, Waterfall, River|
|Eel||River, Ocean (Summer only)||5|
|Bighead Carp||Lake, River|
|Rainbow Trout||Lake, Bridge, Lake Mine|
|Silver Carp||River, Pond|
|Spring & Summer|
|Sand Smelt||River, Ocean||Medium||3|
|Summer & Autumn|
|Spring & Winter|
|Spring, Summer, & Autumn|
|Blotched Snakehead||Waterfall, River, Pond|
|Spring, Summer, & Winter|
|Spring, Autumn, & Winter|
|Smelt||Waterfall, River, Pond|
You can track all the Normal Fish you’ve caught so far by checking the books in your farmhouse.
Guardian Fish List
There’s a total of 7 Guardian or “special” Fish you can catch in the game. They can only be caught using a Blessed or Cursed Fishing Rod.
|Fish||Season||Location||Requirements||Fishing Rod Required|
|Hot Spring Catfish||Winter||Hot Spring||None||6-7 (Cursed/Blessed Fishing Rod)|
|Anglerfish||Spring, Winter||Ocean||It is between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM|
|Squid||It is between 9:00 AM and 12:00 AM (midnight)|
|Huchen||Spring, Summer, Autumn||Stream||Learn how to cook Grilled Fish, Sashimi, and Sushi|
|Carp||Lake||Ship at least 200 fish|
|Arapaima Gigas||Summer||Pond||Catch at least 50 species of fish|
|Coelacanth||All seasons||Level 9 of the Lake Mine||Catch 5 or more Guardian fish|
The Guardian Fish cannot be kept in your inventory. So once caught, they will be returned to the water.
You can check your progress by looking for their portraits in the Fishing Log on your bookshelf.
Non-Fish Items You Can Catch
Aside from fish, you can also reel up trash or rare collectible items.
The trash isn’t very profitable, selling for 1 G each if you put them in the Shipping Bin.
However, you can get up to 67,000 G by selling any of the rare treasures you catch! There is one treasure available per season, and they require at least a Mithril Fishing Rod or higher to reel in.
All of these can be caught in the Ocean:
|Fishing Treasures List|
|Item||Season||Sell Price||Fishing Rod Required|
|Bottled Message||Spring||58,000-67,000 G||Mithril|
|Pirate Treasure||Summer||8,000-17,000 G||Cursed|
|Ancient Fossil||Autumn||4,800-5,700 G||Cursed|
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
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