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Fishing

Family fishing

For fishing in other games, see Fishing.
See also: Fishing spot
Fishing is a skill in The Sims 3. This skill is gained by fishing in the ponds or ocean around the map. The higher the Sims' fishing skill is, the more types of fish they can catch. Books can be found at the bookstore showing the bait that can be used to catch specific fish, but a Sim can determine the bait through trial and error by simply selecting a bait and seeing what they catch. Water can be inspected to see what known fish can be caught there, and whether the fish are active.

The skill is augmented by the angler and loves the outdoors traits. Children and older Sims with the childish or insane traits can fish in swimming pools.

When Sims reach level 3 in the gardening skill, they can use fish as a fertilizer for harvestable plants in their garden. The quality of the fish depends on how effective the fertilizer will be on the plant it is used on.

There are certain types of fish that can only be caught if Sims travel to one of the three locations shipped with The Sims 3: World Adventures. Sims can catch frogs, snails and crawfish in Champs Les Sims. In Shang Simla the types of fish Sims can catch are doitsu koi, kawarimono koi, ochiba koi, tancho koi and dragon fish. In Al Simhara, Sims can catch crocodiles and mummy fish. These fish are exclusive to these locations and cannot be caught in any other world shipped with The Sims 3.

With The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack, players can register as a self-employed angler.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

  • Number Caught
  • Fish Types Caught
  • Heaviest Fish Caught
  • Most Money Earned From Selling A Fish
  • Total Money Earned from Fishing

Challenges[edit | edit source]

Amateur Ichthyologist
Amateur Ichthyologists have caught at least 20 types of fish. Their deep understanding of marine life helps them catch bigger fish than normal Sims.
Commercial Fisherman
Commercial Fishermen have caught at least 350 fish. They often catch more fish in less time than normal Sims.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Level Ability
1 Inspect Water
3 Choose bait
5 Use live bait

Every two levels the game announces the Sim can catch more fish and to check the bookstore.

The Sim can learn the bait type for a specific fish species by buying and reading fishing books from the bookstore or just by successfully catching a particular species once using the right bait type. Fishing books are not available in the community public library.

All aquatic animals caught fishing can be kept as pets in an aquarium or they can be used to stock a pond.

Fish[edit | edit source]

Image Skill Fish Habitat Rarity Bait Weight (Kg) Min Value (§) Max Value (§) EP
0 Minnow Fresh Water Common Apple 0.1 - 0.5 5 11 &BG
0 Anchovy Salt Water Common Tomato 0.1 - 0.5 5 11 &BG
1 Goldfish Fresh Water Common Lettuce 0.1 - 2 6 16 &BG
1 Alley Catfish Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Cheese 0.1 - 5 6 20 &BG
2 Jellyfish Salt Water Common Grapes 0.1 - 10 8 19 &BG
2 Rainbow Trout Fresh Water Common Egg 1 - 10 9 18 &BG
3 Red Herring Fresh and Salt Water Common Links 1 - 10 5 5 &BG
3 Tuna Salt Water Common Onion 2 - 40 11 25 &BG
4 Tragic Clownfish Salt Water Uncommon Watermelon 5 - 15 14 30 &BG
4 Siamese Catfish Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Bell Pepper 5 - 40 13 32 &BG
5 Piranha Fresh Water Common Minnow 3 - 25 14 41 &BG
5 Blowfish Salt Water Uncommon Potato 5 - 40 14 47 &BG
6 Salmon Fresh and Salt Water Common Lime 10 - 50 14 45 &BG
6 Black Goldfish Fresh Water Common Goldfish 5 - 25 16 49 &BG
7 Swordfish Salt Water Common Anchovy 20 - 60 17 60 &BG
7 Shark Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Red Herring 1 - 150 7 70 &BG
8 Angelfish Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Alley Catfish 2 - 60 21 85 &BG
8 Vampire Fish Fresh Water Rare Garlic 25 - 80 55 225 &BG
9 Lobster Fresh and Salt Water Common Tuna 5 - 50 25 120 &BG
9 Robot Fish Fresh Water Rare Piranha 250 - 1,000 50 275 &BG
10 Deathfish Fresh Water Rare Angelfish 20 - 80 200 1,000 &BG
0 Frog Fresh Water Common Cherimola Blan Grapes 0.1 - 1 6 13 &EP01
0 Doitsu Koi Common Pomelo 1 - 25 7 14 &EP01
3 Kawarimono Koi Common Plum 1 - 25 14 28 &EP01
3 Snails Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Renoit Grapes 0.1 - 1 8 20 &EP01
4 Crocodile Uncommon Siamese Catfish 1 - 400 14 40 &EP01
5 Ochiba Koi Uncommon Pomelo 1 - 50 20 65 &EP01
5 Crawfish Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Frog 0.1 - 3 15 45 &EP01
7 Tancho Koi Uncommon Plum 1 - 50 25 90 &EP01
8 Mummy Fish Rare Pomegranate 25 - 80 280 1,200 &EP01
9 Dragon Fish Rare Tancho Koi 40 - 150 60 300 &EP01
2 Sea Sludge Fresh and Salt Water Common Links 1 - 100 11 22 &EP03
4 Kissing Gourami Fresh and Salt Water Common Goldfish 0.1 - 15 8 15 &EP03
6 Sewer Trilobite Fresh and Salt Water Common Minnow 1 - 100 35 75 &EP03
1 Sea Bat Starfish Salt Water Common Tofu 1 - 25 8 42 &EP06
5 Linckia Starfish Salt Water Uncommon Tofu 1 - 40 16 76 &EP06
10 Ninja Starfish Salt Water Rare Tofu 1 - 80 50 400 &EP06
1 Toad Fresh Water Common Red Toadstools 0.4 - 2 8 20 &EP07
7 Luminous Salamander Fresh and Salt Water Uncommon Mycenas 0.1 - 1 20 90 &EP07
8 Fairy Damsel Salt Water Rare Glow Orbs 4 - 65 50 300 &EP07
1 Sea Urchin Common N/A 0.4 - 2 13 19 &EP10
1 Anemone Common N/A 0.4 - 2 25 38 &EP10
1 Sea Polyp Salt Water Common N/A 0.4 - 2 44 63 &EP10
4 Hermit Crab Uncommon N/A 0.4 - 2 158 188 &EP10
4 Octopus Uncommon N/A 1 - 10 375 438 &EP10
7 Squid Uncommon N/A 1 - 10 500 563 &EP10
7 Eel Rare N/A 1 - 10 813 875 &EP10
9 Seahorse Rare N/A 0.4 - 2 1,063 1,250 &EP10
0 Three Eyed Fish Fresh and Salt Water Common Apple 2 - 10 5 25 &EP11
0 Rainbow Snail Fresh and Salt Water Common Lime 0.1 - 5 15 50 &EP11

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Ironically, the Vampire Fish's favorite bait is garlic, which is one of a vampire's weaknesses.
  • Robot Fish can be found in a pond in most science labs. It's the only fish that can weigh over one ton.
  • Deathfish can be found in a pond in graveyards. It can only be caught between midnight and 5 AM, unless it's caught from a Sim-made deathfish-stocked pond. The graveyard pond will only yield a maximum of six (sometimes five) deathfish per night. After the sixth is caught, the pond reverts to just red herring and vampire fish, regardless of the hour.
  • Red Herring is not a real fish, but a common expression for something that distracts attention from a real issue. Like most fish, herrings have silvery scales.
  • All fish from Island Paradise cannot be caught from fishing. The only way to catch them is from scuba diving in the diving areas, hence the lack of bait.
    • It is, however, possible to stock a pond with them like any other fish and catch them that way. If you stock a pond with these fish, they cannot be seen swimming in the water but they can still be caught like all other fish in the game.
  • Traveling to the future is not enough to catch either of the unique fish in Into the Future. You must go into the Dystopian future to catch a Three Eyed Fish and into the Utopian Future to Catch a Rainbow Snail.

Trophies[edit | edit source]

Fish can be mounted on walls by clicking on a fish in a Sim's inventory and choosing "send to be mounted" and paying a small fee around 70 Simoleons. The trophy should arrive the next day in the mailbox.

Fish can also be put in fish bowls or an aquarium[TS3:HELS]. Fish bowls can be bought in buy mode. All fish fit in a bowl, one fish per bowl or six fish per tank. Fish are nameable, but must be fed each day or they will die. Fish can be scooped out of bowls, and put back in a Sim's inventory.

Stocking ponds[edit | edit source]

Ribbit.

If a Sim has 10 or more fish of one type in their inventory, they can stock any pond with that fish. By stocking fish, a new type of fish is introduced in that pond. The pond will then contain an unlimited supply of that fish type for fishing.

There is no limit on how many different fish types there can be in one pond. Any type of fish or any type of pond will do, including Deathfish and ponds not on playable lots. Stocking a pond with the Deathfish (or any other fish, for that matter) will allow it to be caught at any time of the day in that pond.

A tip in obtaining better Death Fish is purchasing 10 Alley Catfish and stocking them in a pond in order to obtain a perfect Alley Catfish. Then fish 10 Angel Fish and stock them in the same pond. At midnight to 5am the angler will be able to get a very good or perfect Deathfish.

Buydebug fishing spawners[edit | edit source]

Fishing spots can be populated with fish by using fishing spawners. Fishing spawners can be found under the buy menu when the cheat buydebug is turned on. Here is a list of fish in the game, by fishing spawner:

Fish Fishing Spawner EP
Anchovy Ocean Common 1

Ocean Common 2

Minnow Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
France, Frog Pond

Goldfish Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
Lake Uncommon 1
China, Common
China, Koi 1

Alley Catfish Lake Uncommon 2

Ocean Uncommon 1
Egypt, Oasis, Common
Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

Jellyfish Ocean Common 1

Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 2

Rainbow Trout Lake Common 1

Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Uncommon 2
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Uncommon

Red Herring Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Uncommon 2
Lake Rare
Ocean Common 1
Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 1
Ocean Uncommon 2
Ocean Rare
Robot Fish
Deathfish/Graveyard
China, Common
China, Uncommon
China, Rare
Egypt, Oasis, Common
Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Uncommon
France, Rare

Tuna Ocean Common 2

Ocean Uncommon 1

Siamese Catfish Lake Common 1

Ocean Uncommon 1
Egypt, Oasis, Common
Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

Tragic Clownfish Ocean Common 2

Ocean Uncommon 1
Ocean Rare

Blowfish Ocean Common 1

Ocean Uncommon 2
Ocean Rare

Piranha Lake Uncommon 1

Lake Rare

Black Goldfish Lake Common 1

Lake Rare
Robot Fish
China, Uncommon
China, Rare
France, Uncommon

Salmon Lake Common 1

Lake Common 2
Lake Uncommon 2
Ocean Common 1
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

Swordfish Ocean Common 1

Ocean Uncommon 2

Shark Lake Uncommon 1

Lake Rare
Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 1
Ocean Rare

Angelfish Lake Common 2

Lake Uncommon 2
Lake Rare
Ocean Rare
Ocean Uncommon 2
China, Uncommon
China, Common

Fish Fishing Spawner EP
Vampire Fish Lake Rare

Robot Fish
Deathfish/Graveyard

Robot Fish Robot Fish
Lobster Lake Common 2

Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Rare
Ocean Common 2
Ocean Uncommon 1
Egypt, River, Rare

Deathfish Deathfish/Graveyard


(12 AM - 5 AM only)

Frog Egypt, Oasis, Common

Egypt, Oasis, Rare
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Frog Pond
France, Uncommon
France, Rare

Doitsu Koi China, Common

China, Koi 2

Kawarimono Koi China, Common

China, Koi 1
China, Uncommon
China, Rare

Snails France, Common 1

France, Common 2
France, Uncommon

Crocodile Egypt, Oasis, Common

Egypt, Oasis, Rare
Egypt, River, Common
Egypt, River, Rare

Ochiba Koi China, Koi 2

China, Uncommon
China, Rare

Crawfish France, Common 1

France, Common 2
France, Uncommon

Tancho Koi China, Dragon Fish

China, Koi 1
China, Koi 2
China, RareChina, Koi 2
China, Rare

Mummy Fish Egypt, MummyFish
Dragon Fish China, Dragon Fish

China, Koi 1
China, Koi 2
China, Rare

Sea Sludge
Kissing Gourami
Sewer Trilobite
Sea Bat Starfish
Linckia Starfish
Ninja Starfish
Fairy Damsel Ocean Rare

Ocean Uncommon 2
Lake Uncommon 2

&EP07
Luminous Salamander Ocean Rare

Ocean Uncommon 2
Lake Uncommon 1
Lake Uncommon 2

&EP07
Toad Egypt, Oasis, Common

Egypt, Oasis, Rare
France, Common 1
France, Common 2
France, Frog Pond
France, Uncommon
Lake Common 1
Lake Common 2
France, Rare
Lake Uncommon 2

&EP07
Three Eyed Fish Three Eyed Fish/Dystopia Spawner &EP11
Rainbow Snail Rainbow Snail/Utopia Spawner &EP11

Opportunities[edit | edit source]

Opportunity Description Reward
A Fish of Life and Death Catch a Deathfish and Deliver Deathfish at the Science Facility to earn some money. §350 + § Variable
A Plumber and Fisherman Unclog pipes at City Hall before time runs out to earn some money. §500 + 1x Random Fish
An Excellent Catch Catch an excellent fish and Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Aquarium Fishing Attend Fishing Competition at the Supermarket before time runs out to catch an assortment of fish. §1,000 + 5x Random Fish
Fishing for Suits Teach Fishing Seminar at the Business Office before time runs out to earn some money. § Variable
Fresh Fish Catch 3 fish, then Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Funny Looking Fish Catch a Tragic Clownfish at the Theatre to earn some money. §250 + § Variable
Heaps of Fresh Fish Catch 15 fish, then Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Lobsters in Demand! Catch a Lobster and Sell Lobster to the Supermarket to earn some money. §100 + § Variable
Lots of Fresh Fish Catch 6 fish, then Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Monster from the Deep Catch Behemoth at the Science Facility before time runs out to earn some money. §4,000
Piscine Perfection Catch a perfect fish and Sell Fish at the Supermarket to earn some money. § Variable
Robot Fish v2.0 Catch a Robot Fish and Sell Robot Fish at the Science Facility to earn some money. §350 + § Variable
Say Hello to My Little Fish Catch a Black Goldfish and Sell Black Goldfish at the Police Station to earn some money. §650 + § Variable

Strange occurrences[edit | edit source]

Sometimes a Sim may bring up an old box which will give them various things. The box randomly grants the Sim one object from the following list, sorted according to the rarity of the item:

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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