Palia Fishing Guide | Fish List & Buffs

Last Update: July 6, 2024 9:32 AM /


Fishing Off of the Dock at Fisherman's Lagoon

Palia's cozy vibes make it the perfect game to hang out by a lake and do some fishing. If you're looking for rare fish, or just a specific fish for your recipes - this guide will help you start fishing, explain the rewards for doing so, and where you can find every fish currently available.

Quicklinks: Palia Fish List | Baits | Upgrades

How to Unlock the Fishing Rod in Palia

You can unlock the Fishing Rod in Palia by reading the Letter from Einar after placing your Makeshift Tent on your Housing Plot for the first time.

How Palia Fishing Works

After equipping your fishing rod from the tool bag, you can hold the use button to charge up your cast. Holding it for longer will let you cast out further — note that fishing will always take the same amount of time, regardless of how close or far away you cast out.

Once you've cast your line out, wait until the bobber starts to be pulled underwater. After a few tugs, it'll be dragged under completely. Using your fishing rod again will then start the main minigame.

The aim is to keep the bobber within the "( )" lines, moving it left or right when necessary. You want to keep reeling in the fish at all times, unless it jumps into the air.

If you let the fish leave the lines, or attempt to reel it in while it's jumping, your fishing line will lose health. Deplete the fishing line health completely, and the fish will get away.

Sometimes you'll come across circles of bubbles in the water. Fish caught from these will be high quality, though no fish types are exclusive to the bubble spots.

Palia Fishing Baits

The type of fish you can catch depends on the area you're fishing in, time of day, and the bait you use (though you can catch fish without using bait). The current types of bait are:

  • Worms - Can be bought for 10 Gold each at Zeke's store, or made using a Worm Farm (recipe unlocked via Einar).
  • Glow Worms - Can be made using a Glow Worm Farm (recipe unlocked via Einar) or with Medals from Einar's Store.

Both types of worm farm are crafters that you build and place on your plot. Each process food into bait, with higher tier food giving more bait in return.

  • Tip: I like to fill out 4 plots with Tomatoes, and use HarvestBoost Fertilizer to grow a bunch of Tomatoes that I use for creating Glow Worms. Due to the quantity that food creates, it's best to have 3 Glow Worm Farms running at once.

The Fishing Guild Store, highlighting the Fine Rod recipe.

Palia Fishing Rod Upgrades

Einar will sell recipes for better tools, once you reach certain Fishing Levels. He spends most of his time in Fisherman's Lagoon in Kilima Village. You must upgrade through each tier of rod in sequence (i.e. you can't skip from Makeshift to Fine).

Palia Fishing Rod List

  • Makeshift Rod
    • Default, available after reading the letter from Einar.
  • Standard Rod
    • Requires Fishing Level 3. Recipe costs 250 Gold, and requires 20 Sapwood Plank, 5 Copper Bar.
  • Fine Rod
    • Requires Fishing Level 6. Recipe costs 1,500 Gold, and requires 10 Heartwood Plank, 5 Iron Bar.
  • Exquisite Rod
    • Requires Fishing Level 9. Recipe costs 3,000 Gold, and requires 5 Flow-Infused Plank, 2 Palium Bar.

Palia Fishing Upgrades & Food

Some of the fish in Palia can be quite tricky to catch, with fast movement, and lots of jumping. To help you reel these in, there's a number of upgrades that you can apply to your rod, as well as some food and drink to boost your fishing skills too!

Fishing Rod Upgrades

  • Minor Rod Health Booster (Level 2 Fishing) - 100 gold in Einar's Store
  • Major Hook Time Booster (Level 10 Fishing) - 5 Fishing Medals in Einar's Store
  • Major Rod Recovery Booster (Level 10 Fishing) - 5 Fishing Medals in Einar's Store
  • Major Safe Zone Size Booster (Level 10 Fishing) - 5 Fishing Medals in Einar's Store
  • Major Safe Zone Speed Booster (Level 10 Fishing) - 5 Fishing Medals in Einar's Store

Fishing Foods

You can cook certain foods to boost your abilities alongside the upgrades above, as well.

  • Fisherman's Brew
    • 1,000 Gold at Einar's Store at Level 5 Fishing
    • Gives a Minor Safe Zone Size Boost
  • Fish Stew
    • Found while fishing the Bahari Coast with a Worm
    • Gives a Minor Safe Zone Speed Boost
  • Sashimi
    • Found while Fishing Bahari Rivers without Bait
    • Gives a Minor Rod Recovery Boost
  • Sushi
    • Found while fishing from Pods with a Glow Worm
    • Gives a Major Rod Health Boost
  • Trout Dinner
    • Found in Einar's Cave upon reaching Level 3 Friendship
    • Gives Minor Hook Time Boost

Palia Fish List

Fish are split into several different locations, which can be seen in their descriptions once caught. While some fish say they're caught in Kilima Village Lakes, they're also found along the coastline. The same applies to Bahari Bay, with coast and river fish sharing the same catch list.

Cave Fish

There are two Caves in Palia, in which you can catch specific fish:

  • Pavel Mines (Bahari Bay)
  • Temple of the Waves (Kilima)
Name Bait Time Bundle
Bat Ray Worm Any  
Blobfish Glow Worm Any  
Crimson Fangtooth Glow Worm Any  
Eyeless Minnow None Any  
Hypnotic Moray Glow Worm Any Creatures of the Abyss Bundle
Mutated Angler Worm Any Spooky Bundle
Stonefish Glow Worm Any Creatures of the Abyss Bundle
Umbran Carp None Any  
Void Ray Glow Worm Any Spooky Bundle

Pond Fish (Your Plot, Kilima Village, Bahari Bay)

Ponds can be found in all 3 areas, and you'll know it's a pond if there's no water feeding into it from a river.

Name Bait Time Bundle
Calico Koi None Any  
Cantankerous Koi None Daytime, Night  
Cloudfish Glow Worm Morning, Daytime  
Fairy Carp Worm Morning, Evening  
Giant Goldfish Glow Worm Any Freshwater Bundle
Kilima Catfish Worm Any  
Mirror Carp Worm Any  
Mottled Gobi Glow Worm Any  
Mudminnow None Any  
Orange Bluegill Worm Any  
Scarlet Koi Glow Worm Any  
Stalking Catfish Glow Worm Evening, Night  

Kilima Village Lake

The lake is considered the entire coastline (technically that's the lake!) as well as the smaller lake where you can find Einar.

Name Bait Time Bundle Used For
Alligator Gar Glow Worm Any  
Ancient Fish Glow Worm Any  
Beluga Sturgeon Glow Worm Any  
Enchanted Pupfish Glow Worm Any Magic Bundle
Giant Kilima Stingray Glow Worm Morning, Daytime, Evening Cloudcurrent Bundle
Gillyfin None Any  
Largemouth Bass Worm Any  
Midnight Paddlefish Glow Worm Night  
Painted Perch Worm Any  
Prism Trout Worm Morning, Daytime  
Shimmerfin Worm Any Magic Bundle
Smallmouth Bass Worm Any  
Striped Sturgeon Worm Evening, Night Flamerod Bundle

Kilima River Fish

Rivers in Kilima are areas you can fish outside of Ponds and the Lake. Areas around Waterfalls count as rivers.

Name Bait Time Bundle
Channel Catfish None Any  
Crucian Carp Glow Worm Any  
Energized Piranha Worm Any  
Flametongue Ray Glow Worm Morning, Day Flamerod Bundle
Freshwater Eel Worm Evening, Night  
Golden Salmon Worm Morning, Day  
Indigo Lamprey Glow Worm Evening, Night  
Kenli's Carp Glow Worm Any  
Kilima Grayling Glow Worm Any  
Platinum Chad Glow Worm Any  
Radiant Sunfish Worm Any Flamerod Bundle
Rainbow Trout None Any Cloudcurrent Bundle
Red-bellied Piranha Worm Any  
Silver Salmon None Evening, Night  
Spotted Bullhead None Any  
Stickleback Worm Morning, Day  
Striped Dace None Any  

Bahari Bay Rivers

Similar to Kilima - Rivers can be found primary on the northern side of Bahari Bay.

Name Bait Time Bundle
Bahari Pike Glow Worm Any  
Chub Glow Worm Any  
Cutthroat Trout Worm Any  
Dawnray None Morning  
Duskray None Evening  
Fathead Minnow Glow Worm Any  
Honey Loach Glow Worm Daytime, Night  
Kilima Redfin Worm Any  
Oily Anchovy Worm Any  
Paddlefish Worm Morning, Daytime, Evening  
Rosy Bitterling None Any  
Silvery Minnow None Any  
Stormray Glow Worm Morning, Evening Cloudcurrent Bundle
Swordfin Eel Glow Worm Any  
Thundering Eel Worm Any Cloudcurrent Bundle
Willow Lampry Worm Night  
Yellow Perch None Any  

Bahari Bay Coast

Name Bait Time Bundle
Bahari Bass None Any  
Bahari Bream Worm Any  
Barracuda None Evening, Night  
Black Sea Bass Glow Worm Any  
Blue Marlin Worm Any Beach Bundle
Blue Spotted Ray Glow Worm Morning, Daytime, Evening  
Bluefin Tuna Worm Any  
Cactus Moray Glow Worm Daytime, Night  
Long Nosed Unicorn Fish Glow Worm Daytime Magic Bundle
Ribbontail Ray Worm Morning, Evening  
Sardine None Any  
Yellowfin Tuna Glow Worm Any  

That's the end of our Palia Fishing Guide. You can learn more about the game by checking out our other guides below!

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PC, Nintendo Switch
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