Released on December 16, 2009, Fishing allows players to make use of the large expanse of water surrounding their island. Fishing is a feature similar to that of salvaging, involving randomness, and small coin and exp rewards.

How to FishEdit

Fishing changed on September 22, 2011. This change gave you the option to use bait and fishing rods. You do not have to purchase bait or a fishing rod to be able to fish.

Once you click a fishing pool and save the game a roulette wheel will appear and spin. What it lands on is what you "caught". There is no wait time of five minutes anymore.


  • You can fish for free by click the Tide Pools. Tide Pools are marked by a group of three small rocks and are located along your shoreline.
  • Bait allows to attract different types of fish.
  • The different fishing rods allow you to fish in different areas of the sea.
  • The different areas of sea contain different types of fish.
  • You can access the bait and fishing rods you have bought clicking the Fishing Tackle icon located above the Change Avatar icon. See Gallery below for a picture.
  • Fishing traps purchased with coins expire in twice the hrvest time. For example a 12 hour trap expires 24 hours after it was set.
  • Fishing Traps allow to catch a lot of fish at one time. See the Fishing Rod chart for how many fish/items on average each type of trap catches.

Using Bait, Fishing Traps and Fishing RodsEdit

  • You must equip your desired bait or fishing rod in the Fishing Tackle menu. This allows you to fish in different types of pools depending on the fishing rod you have equipped.
  • You must have bait to use any of the fishing rods.
  • Bait and Fishing Traps can be purchased 100 at a time by using the slider on the purchase screen.
  • Fishing Traps appear under the Fishing Rod menu once purchased. You do not need bait to use traps.
  • More info coming soon!

Types of fishing pools and fishing areas

Fishing pools will only show up on Southwest and Southeast(you may also to refer to these areas as the front of the island) sides. You can fish in both the light blue shallow area and the darker blue deep sea area. The light blue area contains Tide Pools, Coastal Pools and Shallow Pools. The deep blue area contains only the Deep Sea Pools.

There are four types of pools, which include:

Tide PoolsEdit

These pools show up in the area that touches your island's shore and are marked by set of three rocks. Fishing from these pools are free and do not require any bait or a fishing rod.

Coastal PoolsEdit

These pools show up in the area that touches your island's shore and are marked by area with a swimming fish silhouette. You can use any of the fishing rods here.

Shallow Sea PoolsEdit

These pools show up in the light blue sea area but does not touch your island's shore and are marked by area with a swimming fish silhouette. You can use following fishing rods here: Intermediate Fishing Rod, Expert Fishing Rod, or Fishmaster 2000.

Deep Sea PoolsEdit

These pools show up in the dark blue deep sea area and are marked by area with a swimming fish silhouette. You can use following fishing rods here: Expert Fishing Rod or Fishmaster 2000.


Players can purchase different types of bait in the "Functional" tab of the shop. You can purchase up to 100 of each type of bait at a time.

Image Types of Bait Cost Description
Tiddler bait Tiddler Bait C 5 One-time use bait that attracts junk, salvage, and small fish.
Middling bait Middling Bait C 10 One-time use bait that attracts junk, salvage, and medium-sized fish.
Whopper bait Whopper Bait C 15 One-time use bait that attracts junk, salvage, and large fish.
Super bait icon Super Bait Mc 5 This one-time use bait attracts small, medium, and large fish, and guarantees that you won't catch any junk.
Shellfish bait Shellfish Bait Mc 5 This one-time use bait attracts junk, salvage, and shellfish.
Sushi bait Sushi Bait Mc 5 This one-time use bait attracts junk, salvage, and sushi fish.

Fishing RodsEdit

Players can purchase different types of bait in the "Functional" tab of the shop. All Fishing Rods are one time purchases and permanently unlocked after the initial purchase. Traps are one time use like Bait and can be purchased 100 at a time.

Image Types of Fishing Rod Cost Description Amount of Fish/Items caught
Beginner fishing rod Beginner Fishing Rod C 800 This beginner's rod can be used in coastal areas. 1
Intermediate fishing rod Intermediate Fishing Rod C 6400 This fishing rod can be used in both coastal areas and shallow seas. 1
Expert fishing rod Expert Fishing Rod C 12800 This fishing rod can be used in both coastal areas, shallow seas and deep seas. 1
Fishmaster 2000 Fishmaster 2000 Mc 250 Can be used in coastal areas, shallow seas and deep seas, and guarantees that you won't catch any junk. 1
Fishmistress 2000 Fishmistress 2000 Mc 250 Can be used in coastal areas, shallow seas and deep seas, and guarantees that you won't catch any junk. 1
Woven trap Woven Net Trap Mc 200 Place this one-time use trap in any fishing pool, leave it for 4 hours, then see what you caught! Fish never escape.
Bamboo trap Bamboo Fishing Trap C 2070 Place this one-time use trap in any fishing pool and leave it for 24 hours. Fish escape 48 hours after placement. 75-100
Traditional trap Traditional Fishing Trap C 2900 Place this one-time use trap in any fishing pool and leave it for 12 hours. Fish escape 24 hours after placement. 60-80

Fishing poolsEdit

The number of fishing pools depends on the island size. Fishing whirlpools are visible on the Basic Island, four on Sunny Isle, and five on all subsequent expansions. Fishingpools reappear randomly.

Fishing HutEdit

Having the Fishing Hut (level 49, cost=40,000 coins) allows you to have two additional whirlpools on your island. Note: You can only buy one fishing hut.


The Hanging Fish Net you can buy from the shop has nothing to do with fishing. It provides no benefits. The same applies with the Fish Sign, Tide Pool and Hermit Crab.


You can also obtain a variety of fish from various animals, for example: The Sea Monster can catch all of the fish you can catch from whirlpools, plus some other rare fish. The Seagull and Eagle catch Mackerel. The Polar Bear, Penguin and Holiday Polar Bear catch Yellowfin Tuna. The L'il Lagoon Lucy catches Shrimp. The Brown Bear catches Red Snapper. The Pelican catches Halibut. The Walrus catches Lobster. The Martial Eagle catches Grumpy Face Marlin. The Blue-Footed Booby catches Electric Eel.

Neighbor's FishnetsEdit

When visiting neighbors, you can see any fishing lures they have cast and any ones ready for harvest. You do not see their fishing pools nor can you steal from their cast lures because each fish pool is considered an individual item, and stealing half a fish is silly. It is also not possible to steal an entire fish pool because it is not possible to steal more than 50% of anything.


You will receive one item per bait cast. So far, four types of things are known to be found in the nets: salvage, junk, fish, and (formerly) a special fish.



PictureItemSell valueFurther uses
Bottle Bottle 3 C Ship in a Bottle, Wine-Steeped Plums, Sparkling Water, Drink Me Juice, Lynx Fur Bottle Warmer, Sea Globe, Firefly Lantern, Patchouli Perfume, Sweet Myrtle Perfume, Platinum Glasses, Recycled Glass Table, Recycled Glass Chair, Window Decor, Opal Tiara, Autumn Recycled Glass Candle, Ghost Lamp, First Aid Kit, Firefly Jar Chandelier
Boot Boot 4 C None
Briny Water Briny Water 5 C Pickles, Sea Salt, Green Mango Salt Water Taffy, Sauerkraut, White Lightning, Moonglow Ink, Ice Spike, Glue, Sea Globe, Neem Soap, Sand Castle, Brain Case
Kelp Kelp 10 C Seaweed, Sea Globe, Sea Beard, Water-logged Pants, Water-logged Robe, Chawanmushi Udon, Whale Snacks
Wood Driftwood 2 C Driftwood Loveseat
Soaked matchstick box Soaked Matchstick Box 8 C Ship in a Bottle
Tin Tin Can 5 C Tin Can Telephone


PictureItemSell valueFurther uses
AntiqueHandMirror Antique Hand Mirror 23 C None
Davy jones' foot locker Davy Jones' Foot Locker 98 C None
Doubloons Doubloons 36 C None
EgyptianBust Egyptian Bust 66 C None
GrecianFigure Grecian Figure 51 C None
Three-dollar bill Three-Dollar Bill 1 C None


PictureItemTypeSell valueFurther uses
Aligator gar Alligator Gar large 40 C Grilled Alligator Gar
Anchovy Anchovy small 4 C Anchovy Pizza
Anglerfish Angler Fish medium 140 C Angler with Mango Papaya Salsa
Arrowana Arrowana large 177 C
Bass Bass medium 14 C Pan-Roasted Bass and Potatoes
Bluecrab Blue Crab medium 120 C Blue Crab Dip, Crab Cakes, Stuffed Blue Crab
Bony Fish Bony Fish medium 60 C Bony Fish Soup, Hearty Fish Stew
Carp Carp medium 15 C
Cephalopod Cephalopod large 84 C
Cod Cod medium 25 C Pepper-Crusted Fish
Coelacanth fish Coelacanth large 486 C
Cookiecutter shark Cookiecutter Shark small 33 C
Crab Crab medium 18 C Jerk Crab, California Roll
Diplo Diplomystos small 80 C Fish Cakes, Ibacho-Dunked Diplomystos, Thai Whole Fish with Potatoes
Dunkleo Dunkleosteus large 60 C Pinenut-Crusted Dunkleosteus, Fish Cake Soup
Electric-Eel Electric Eel medium 100 C Electric Eel with Rice, Rainagi Roll
Flounder Flounder medium 26 C
Giant clam Giant Clam large 55 C Clam Chowder
Giant Squid ? 325 C Calamari Me Spanaki
Goldfish Goldfish small 13 C
Groenlandaspis Groenlandapis small 160 C Monster Bento Box
Grouper Grouper medium 16 C Steamed Fish with Soybeans, Tropical Salad Bowl
Marlin Grumpy Face Marlin large 30 C Grilled Marlin, Marlin with Mulberry Sauce, Marlin Steak
Guppy Guppy small 6 C Fish and Chips
Haddock Haddock medium 17 C
Haikouichthys Haikouichthys small 20 C Baked Haikouichthys
Halibut Halibut medium 9 C Grilled Halibut with Persimmon, Halibut Hand Roll, Moroccan Spiced Halibut, Chawanmushi Udon, Malt-Battered Fish
Herring Herring medium 20 C Pickled Herring
Jellyfish Jellyfish small 67 C
Koi Koi medium 78 C
Lanternfish Lanternfish small 28 C
Lobster Lobster medium 40 C Brazilian Lobster and Scallops, Buttered Lobster, Lobster with White Truffle Oil, Lobster Roll
Mackerel Mackerel medium 6 C Ceviche, Kimchi, Mackerel Pasta Salad, Pineapple Glazed Fish, Whale Snacks
Mahi-Mahi Mahi Mahi large 9 C Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi, Mahi Mahi and Red Citrus Sauce
Monkfish2 Monkfish medium 30 C Baked Monkfish, Grilled Monkfish, Monkfish Fillet, Pan-Roasted Monkfish
Napoleonfish ? 35 C Gingered Napoleonfish
Ocean sunfish Ocean Sunfish large 211 C
Piranha Piranha small 58 C
Plaice Plaice medium 27 C
Prawn Prawn small 24 C Candlenut Prawn Sambal
Pufferfish Puffer Fish medium 80 C Fugu Sushi
Rainbow Rainbow Trout medium 11 C Rainbow Trout Roll, Rainbow Trout Beurre Blanc
Ray Ray medium 46 C
Red-Snapper Red Snapper medium 8 C Grilled Red Snapper on Rice, Red Snapper en Papillote, Wasabi Roll
Rockfish Rockfish medium 45 C Spicy Rockfish
Ruby-veiltail Ruby Veiltail medium 25 C Fish Tacos, Kumquat Glazed Fish, Ackee & Saltfish
Salmon2 Salmon medium 50 C Baked Salmon Roll, Baked Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, Smoked Salmon
Sardine Sardine small C Sardines in Zesty Tomato Sauce
Sea-Urchin Sea Urchin small 70 C Raw Sea Urchin, Sea Urchin Ceviche, Sea Urchin on Rice, Sea Urchin with Pasta
Shrimp Shrimp small 10 C Baked Monkfish, Candlenut Prawn Sambal, Gumbo, Shrimp Tacos, Southwestern Special, Spring Roll, Tempura Shrimp Roll, Thai Basil Shrimp
Sole ? 28 C Pan-Seared Sole
Tiger shark Tiger Shark large 101 C
Tilapia Tilapia medium 31 C
Toothy-Redtail Toothy Redtail medium 20 C Curry Redtail Steak, Fried Redtail and Potatoes, Redtail Casserole
Trout Trout medium 22 C
Viperfish Viperfish small 89 C
WhiteScallop Small Noback White Scallop small 12 C Brazilian Lobster and Scallops, Crabapple Scallops, Scallops on Crackers, Paella, Spicy Scallop Hand Roll
Yellowfin-Tuna Yellowfin Tuna large 7 C Ahi Tuna Steak, Seared Tuna on Pasta, Tuna Roll, Tuna Salad, Tuna Tartare with Quail Egg, Yellowfin Sashimi, Tuna and Salmon Roll, Whale Snacks

Special FishEdit

PictureItemTypeSell valueFurther uses
Parrot Parrot Fish Special Fish 20 C If you played Little Rock Pool, Meteor Games' other (now defunct) game, you could use it in your rock pool.

Released on March 19, 2010, the Parrot Fish could be caught while fishing. It was not a fish you could keep in your inventory on Island Paradise, but rather it automatically transferred to your gift box in Little Rock Pool, Meteor Games' other game. (Little Rock Pool is now closed and can no longer be played). You gained 20 c (on Island Paradise) for fishing it, giving you a net gain of 19 c. The 20 c you gained for fishing the Parrot Fish was automatically added to your balance when your avatar collected the fish from the net, not when you clicked "Skip" or "Go to Little Rock Pool".


Catching any fish (that means the salvage you get, such as wood or tin can, do not count) will unlock achievements. Catching 10 fish unlocks the Fish Line Novice, catching a total of 50 fish unlocks Reel Savvy, catching 100 fish unlocks Hook Hound, catching 250 fish unlocks Bait Expert and catching 500 fish unlocks Net Master, the final fishing trophy. The count is cumulative, meaning that the first 10 fish you catch for Fish Line Novice will add to the Reel Savvy fish count and so on.



  • Casting nets used to cost 5 c.
  • Catching a Toothy Redtail used to allow players to automatically make a post. (no longer available)
  • Catching Parrot Fish used to give no coins whatsoever, so players actually lost a coin when they caught the Parrot Fish.
  • No matter what you catch, when you make the "Catch of the Day" post, the picture shows a Mackerel. (no longer available)
  • "Grumpy Face Marlin" was originally a placeholder name for the fish, made up by the artist that drew it. The designers of the game liked it, so the name stayed.