New World Fishing Guide: Where To Find Every Fishing Hotspot

New World presents a big, colorful world with lots of things to do, such as adventuring quests, dungeons to explore, and professions to develop. One of those professions involves Fishing, which will see you using a fishing pole in certain hotspots across the map, to obtain possible ingredients for cooking and crafting recipes.

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How to Create Fishing Poles in New World

Fishing Poles are the primary tool you will need to fish in New World. To obtain this useful item, you can finish the first fishing story, Fishing With Shields, or just ignore that and make one at the Workshop with the following materials:

  • Green Wood
  • Fibers
New World Workshop Menu showing how to craft a fishing pole
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How to Obtain Bait

The second item you need to fish in New World is the Bait, which you can add to the fishing pole while you're fishing, in order to get several different boosts. You can obtain various kinds of bait, and the list goes as follows:

Item Name
Effect
Area Of Effect
Source
Bread Bait
Small boost (+47%) higher fish rarity chance
Fresh Water
Kitchen Tier 2+, Provisions Containers
Cheese Bait
Small boost (+47%) higher fish rarity chance
Salt Water
Kitchen Tier 2+, Provisions Containers
Clam Bait
Medium boost (+300%) higher fish size chance
Fresh Water
Clams
Electric Eel Bait
Large boost (+500%) higher fish size chance
Salt Water
Electric Eels
Firefly Bait
Large boost (+85%) higher fish rarity chance
Fresh Water
Bulrush & Briar
Fish Bait
Small boost (+150%) higher fish size chance
Salt Water
Kitchen Tier 2+, Camp Tier 1+
Glowworm Bait
Large boost (+85%) higher fish rarity chance
Salt Water
Flint (Night/Dawn)
Meat Bait
Small boost (+150%) higher fish size chance
Fresh Water
Kitchen Tier 2+, Camp Tier 1+
Nightcrawler Bait
Medium boost (+70%) higher fish rarity chance
Salt Water
Flint (Day/Dusk)
Oyster Bait
Large boost (+500%) higher fish size chance
Fresh Water
Oysters
Snail Bait
Medium boost (+300%) higher fish size chance
Fresh Water
Snails
Woodlouse Bait
Medium boost (+70%) higher fish rarity chance
Fresh Water
Bushes
New World Map showing fishing hotspots
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How to Find Fishing Hotspots

There are fishing hotspots in New World, with different rarities that will determine which fishes appear and the respawn times in each one of them. As you level up Fishing, these hotspots will be discoverable in map, adding to a max amount of 80, with 27 of them being Broad, 25 being Rare, and 28 of Secret rarity. You can track all of them using Map Genie's excellent New World Aeternum Guide, and the respawn times of each hotspot are shown below.

Fishing Hotspot Rarity
Respawn Time
Broad
20 to 30 minutes
Rare
30 to 45 minutes
Secret
45 to 90 minutes
New World Character holding a newly-catched fish
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How to Fish in New World?

To successfully catch some fishes in New World you must follow the instructions below:

  • First and foremost, you must equip a Fishing Pole tool. Your first Fishing Pole can be obtained after finishing the first fishing story, Fishing With Shields, or by making one at the Workshop.
  • Find water, stand right at the edge, and click F3 to pull out your pole and bait. You can also click R to add bait to the line if needed.
  • Hold the left mouse button to cast your line, and release it when you're comfortable with the distance. When the line lands in a hotspot, you will see text indicating it, and a prompt saying "Get Ready" will pop up if you're about to bite.
  • Click the left mouse button again to hook the fish, and be fast because you will have a short time window to succeed. If you miss the hook, you will have to repeat the process, but if you succeeded you will see a green checkmark, with a prompt saying "Reel In" popping up.
  • Do it, paying attention to the tension of the line, and as long as you don't let it snap you should be fine and finish the fishing process, where you will receive the fish in question, as well as Fishing XP and Character XP.

And that's it, now you know everything you need to fish in New World! While you're here, you can also check our useful guides on every Animal, Mineral, and Fungi Locations!

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