Skyrim Special Edition

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Ever wanted to spend time fishing in Skyrim? Well now you can!

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Pick up a fishing rod you find in the world, or visit a Blacksmith Forge to craft your own using 2 x Firewood and 1 x Iron Ingot, grab some bait (insects), find your favourite fishing spot and start fishing!

Find some fish in a river, lake, or pond. An easy way to spot them is to look for Dragon Flies hovering above the water. Equip your newly crafted Fishing Rod (found in your Misc items), add your bait and then you'll cast your line. After a few seconds you'll have a bite, and can then reel in your line. Simple! There's a small chance of finding gold, and also a chance that you won't catch anything.

You can use all sorts of insects as fish bait such as Bees, Dragon Flies, and Butterflies.

All existing movable static fishing poles found in Skyrim (for example at hunter camps on the shorelines) have been replaced with working fishing rods.

Extra Tip: When you've cast your line a little float (feather) will appear in the water. When you've got a bite you'll see it disappear!

Recommended: Use Nexus Mod Manager or equivalent.
Manual: Extract the ESP and BSA files, and put them in your Data folder.

Load order: Cell edits due to fishing pole replacement, make sure Skyrim Fishing is fairly high up in your load order. For example place Skyrim Fishing higher than Realistic Water so that the changes made by Realistic Water take effect.

Always follow modding best practices when installing or updating this mod.

Also available for Original Skyrim.


Fishing Reel sound by GuntherDorksen, used here under the CC Attribution License. Note: Edited to fit Skyrim audio specification and cut to 2.5 seconds long.

Fishing rod equip sound obtained from

Skyrim Fishing will be built into my hunting overhaul, Hunting in Skyrim.