Fishing in Minecraft

Fishing Rods

Fishing Rod

First craft a fishing rod, using string and wooden sticks. You can get string by killing spiders, or by exploring underground mineshafts.

How to Catch Fish


First find some water.

Any still water will do. River, ocean, swamp or underground lakes. You can even dig a hole and pour in a bucket of water!

Fishing in Minecraft

Right-click to cast your line.

The red and white float (or “bobber”) will bob slightly on the water.

Fishing in Minecraft

Wait for a bite.

When a fish bites, you will see the float move violently and hear a splashing sound. Depending on your graphics settings, you may see a the trail of a fishmoving towards your hook just before the bite, as in the picture above.

Catching fish in Minefcraft

Land your fish.

When you hear the splash, right click to land your fish. If get the timing right, you will see your fish come flying out of the water. If not, better luck next time!

What you can catch


Fish (Cod)

Raw Cod Fish

Sometimes called “Cod”, this is the most common type of fish. It can be eaten raw, or cooked in a furnace to make it more nutritious.


Raw Salmon Fish

This is interchangeable with cod, and again can be cooked to make it better to eat.



Clownfish are the least useful fish. They can be eaten raw but that just makes you feel bad about eating Nemo.


Raw Cod Fish

Don’t eat this fish if you catch it! It will poison you and make you hungrier than you were before.

Pufferfish can be used to brew a Potion of Water Breathing.

All types of fish can be fed to Ocelots to tame them.

Treasure and Junk

In addition to fish you can catch all sorts of other things, from enchanted items to old boots.

Enchanted Fishing Rods

Two enchantments are available for Fishing rods: Lure , which decreases the length of time it takes for a fish to bite, and Luck of the Sea which makes it less likely that you will catch junk.

Other Uses for Fishing Rods

Fishing rods can also be used to drag mobs around or to activate pressure plates.