Fortnite fishing guide: How to catch fish, best fishing spots & effects

Hamza Khalid
Fortnite characters fishing

Fishing in Fortnite allows you to catch some neat weapons, gear, and of course, fish. Here’s everything you need to know, including how to find a fishing rod and the best fishing spots.

Fortnite Season 8 is well underway, and there are plenty of new additions for you to unlock, including the new Sideways weapons, and brand-new skins like Venom and Carnage.

Fishing is a useful way for you to collect some neat gear, and this feature hasn’t changed much since its release Chapter 2, Season 1. This guide will go over everything you need to know about fishing, including the best fishing spots.

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How to find a Fortnite fishing rod

Fishing rod and hook in Fortnite

The first thing you’ll is a fishing rod, and these are easy enough to obtain. You can find them as weapons inside chests or as loot on the ground around Fortnite Island.

The best place to look is near bodies of water or inside barrels. Once you’ve collected it, you’ll be ready to catch some fish. You might also find Harpoons when searching for a fishing rod.

How to fish in Fortnite

Fishing in Fortnite

Once you’ve acquired a fishing rod, you can use it to catch yourself some fish as well as some neat weapons and gear. It’s fairly easy to do, but it requires you to be patient.

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Here’s how you can fish in Fortnite:

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  1. Head to a fishing spot
  2. Equip your fishing rod
  3. Hold the action button to set the angle of your cast
  4. Let go of the button once it’s at the center of the fishing spot to throw the line.
  5. Be patient and wait for a bite
  6. Once you’ve got one, you’ll be able to reel in your catch

Fortnite fishing spot locations

Fortnite fishing spot locations

It goes without saying that you’ll need to find a body of water if you want to go fishing in Fortnite. The good news is that the Island provides plenty of lakes and rivers for you to choose from.

You’ll know you’re near a good fishing spot once you spot white ripples in the water, showing signs of underwater creatures. Some ideal spots are Lazy Lake, Believer Beach, and the pond above Retail Row.

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The reason we recommend these spots is because they also contain barrels for you to search through if you haven’t already acquired a fishing rod beforehand.

All fish effects in Fortnite

Blue Flopper in Fortnite

While you may be tempted to only search for weapons, we recommend adding some fish to your inventory as well. This is because they provide you with a variety of different effects and benefits.

Here are all the fish effects in Fortnite:

  • Flopper: Regain 40 Health
  • Mythical Goldfish: Instantly kill an opponent
  • Rusty Can: Deal 20 damage
  • Slurpfish: Regain 50 Health or 50 Shield
  • Small Fry: Regain 25% health if health is under 75%.
  • Vendetta Flopper Marks nearby enemy
  • Spicy Fish Speed boost
  • Hop Flopper Low gravity
  • Jellyfish: Splash nearby enemy health and shields
  • Shield Fish: Gives shields
  • Thermal Fish: Gives thermal vision
  • Midas Fish: Makes all loot legendary
Fortnite characters fishing

This activity is sometimes a part of in-game challenges. Week 3’s Punchcard Quests require you to consume a fish, restore health with one, and throw another one back in the water.

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That covers everything you need to know about fishing in Fortnite. Also, check out our guide on how to get Bryson DeChambeau Fortnite skin bundle, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Fortnite.

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About The Author

Hamza is a Content Creator & Publisher at Charlie INTEL, who graduated from Bahria University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He's spent the past few years covering news and guides for various video games, including Call of Duty and Apex Legends. He loves digital art, movies, and comic books. You can contact Hamza at [email protected].