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Trader Wow's #1 Guide of the Most Profitable Fish in World of Warcraft

High Demand
The most profitable fish in WoW are those with high demand in the Auction Houses across Azeroth. While the gold value of the fish may differ from one realm to the next, the reasons for their demand is consistent. I'll talk a bit about those reasons first.

Cooking Skillups:
If you have a look at the Trader Wow Seafood Guide , you'll see a complete list of cooking recipies which use fish you catch in the lakes, rivers, streams, pools, oceans and fjords all over the World of Warcraft. Some recipes have a great range of potential skill-ups, making those fish more desirable. Other recipes may get the aspiring chef "over the hump" where more recipes are learnable. Key skill-up areas for the cooking profession are: 175, 225, 240, 250, 275 and 300.

Once above skill level 300, there are several important skill requirements for new recipes. They include: 310, 320, 325, and 350. At 350, you can train with a Grand Master Cooking Trainer and learn ten (10) new seafood recipes. The trainer will also teach you one recipe (Black Jelly) in the 400's. All the other recipes in the 400's are part of Wrath of the Lich King Expansion and are attained via the daily cooking quests.

Stat Foods:
Most stat foods have high resale value due to the useful buffs they provide when eaten properly. Many of the stat food buffs are popular for raiding and make for very profitable opportunities selling the raw fish AND the stat food they create. WotLK fish are very profitable from time to time, but they become overfished by players using bots (against Blizzards EULA policy). When they flood the Auction House market, prices per fish drop from 3+ gold each to less than 1 gold each.

There are several useful potions and oils made from several different species of fish. Some fish-based potions are quite handy. Potions for water walking, water breathing and swimspeed immediately come to mind.

There are a few leather-crafting recipes that make use of fish-based alchemy potions. Some of those items command a premium in the Auction House.

Fun Foods:
Some seafoods have fun special effects (like turning your toon into a pirate). Others are used to complete several "Achievements".

Here are some of the more profitable fish caught across Azeroth. Most of them have many fishing locations around the World of Warcraft, so please follow the links to for more detailed information about fishing locations for each critter.

Trader Wow's Angler's list (by Expansion):


1) Raw Glossy Mightfish (up to 3gp ea. in the Auction House) Catch these fish in Tanaris along the beach. It's an east swim from Duskwallow Marsh for low level toons. The big turtles that roam the beach there are very friendly.

Use: These fish make a great stat food for level 35 toons. Since few players fish these waters, there is always good demand for them in the Auction House.

Locations: Azshara, Tanaris*, Feralas, Stranglethorn Vale Jagero Island, and The Hinterlands

Note:This is the MOST profitable fish in WoW prior to any expansions! Reason? Simple... Demand greatly out-strips supply. Chefs cook these to pump up their cooking skill to 275 AND the resulting stat food, Cooked Glossy Mightfish (plus ten (+10) to stamina), sells well in the Auction House.

* One of the Safest and Best places to fish for Raw Glossy Mightfish is in Tanaris. Check out our "Most Profitable Fishing Locations: Tanaris" for more details.

2) Raw Spotted Yellowtail (up to 1gp ea. in the Auction House) Catch these tasty fish in Tanaris along the beach as well. You will tend to catch three (3) or four (4) of these for every Raw Glossy Mightfish you reel in.

Use: These fish are great for leveling up your cooking skill from 225 thru 275 by making Spotted Yellowtail.

Locations: Azshara, Stranglethorn Vale, Tanaris, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, The Hinterlands, Desolace, and Swamp of Sorrows.

3) Firefin Snapper (up to 2gp ea. in the Auction House) These bright yellow swimmers are redily abundant throughout many easily accessed fishing spots.

Use: They are used in the Alchemy profession to make Fire Oil and are popular in the Auction Houses.

Locations: Stranglethorn Vale, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Azshara, Tanaris, Wetlands, Desolace, Stonetalon Mountains, Hillsbrad Foothills, The Hinterlands, The Barrens, Arathi Highlands and Ashenvale.

4) Oily Blackmouth (up to 1gp ea in the Auction House) These slimy aquatic oddities are also fairly abundant at many fishing holes.

Use: They are used in the Alchemy profession to make Blackmouth Oil, a popular substance required for several potions and other items including: Free Action Potion, Swiftness Potion, Elixir of Water Breathing, Swim Speed Potion, and Enchant Gloves - Fishing. Additionally, the Swiftness Potion is also requied to create: Swift Boots and Deadly Bronze Poniard.

Locations: Stranglethorn Vale, Feralas, The Barrens, Dustwallow Marsh, Wetlands, Western Plaguelands, Stormwind City, Hillsbrad Foothills, Darkshore, Desolace, Felwood, Tanaris, Moonglade, Ashenvale, The Hinterlands, Azshara, Maraudon, Zul'Farrak, Westfall, The Veiled Sea and Un'Goro Crater.

5) Deviate Fish (up to 2gp ea. in the Auction House) These crafty little buggers can only be caught in the pools around The Barrens.

Use: They are used in the recipe for Elixir of Giant Growth and Savory Deviate Delight, a food that will transform your character into fun disguises for up to sixty (60) minutes.

Locations: The Barrens and Wailing Caverns.


6) Furious Crawdad (up to 3gp ea in the Auction House) These snappy fighters can be found only in the streams and rivers of Terokkar Forest in Outland.

Use: They can be stir fried to make Spicy Crawdad, a delicious meal and stat food for any on-the-go adventurer. Spicy Crawdad adds 30 stamina and 20 spirit to your personal stats for thirty (30) minutes when thoroughly eaten. Chefs also use the Spicy Crawdad recipe to raise their cooking skill as high as 380.

Locations: Terokkar Forest

7) Golden Darter (up to 2gp ea in the Auction House) These tasty critters can be found in the ponds and streams of several zones in Outland.

Use: They can be deep fried to make Golden Fish Sticks, a popular stat food for any on-the-go spell-caster. It will add 23 points to Spell Power and 20 points to Spirit for thirty (30) minutes. These tasty snacks are fairly popular in the Auction House as well.

Locations: Terokkar Forest, Zangramarsh, & Shadowmoon Valley.


8) Borean Man O' War (up to 5gp ea. in the Auction House) Beware the stinging barbs on these shoreline terrors. As a Grand Master Fisherman, you have probably learned to handle dangerous fish carefully. These floating killers are actually handy for making Black Jelly which can restore 45,000 health and 38,400 mana in a jiff.

Use: Three (3) at a time with the recipe for Black Jelly (400-425), a food that will heal and restore 45,000 health and 38,400 mana for your character in just sixty (60) seconds.

Locations: Borean Tundra*, Dragonblight, Howling Fjord**, Grizzly Hills, Icecrown, The Storm Peaks and Hrothgar's Landing.

Note:This is the MOST profitable fish in the World of Warcraft! Reason? Simple... Chefs cook these to pump up their cooking skill to 425, which is the highest a toon can raise their cooking skill without doing the WotLK Daily Cooking Quests and the WotLK Cooking Reward Recipes. Additionally, the Black Jelly (made from these Borean Man O' War) quickly restores a massive amount of Health and Mana, which comes in handy for any UBER character or toon.

*The BEST place to catch Borean Man O' War is along the coastline of the Borean Tundra by the village of Unu'pe. Between the Pools of Borean Man O' War and high catch-rate along the Borean Coast, you can expect your over all catch-rate to be as high as 35%. The other fish you'll catch are: Imperial Manta Ray (20%), Rockfin Grouper (33%), Darkwater Clams (6%)Succulent Clam Meat | Northsea Pearl) and the occasional Reinforced Crate (3%) and Crystallized Water (3%). You'll also need a fishing skill of 525 to avoid catching any junk.

**One of the safest places to catch these is on the edge of the snow-covered shoreline at the entrance to Garvan's Reef in Howling Fjord. To get there (for alliance toons): Jump off the ship to Northrend (from Eastern Kingdoms) as soon as you see the icebergs and snowy shores of Howling Fjord. Swim west along the edge of the coast until you arrive at Garvan's Reef. Your Fishing Buddy / Assistant (free download from will alert you as you enter the area.

9) Glacial Salmon (up to 4gp ea. in the Auction House) These frost fish are easily caught off the dock in Howling Fjord, Northrend. It's an easy boatride for any low level toon. The Grand Master Fishing Trainer is nearby the dock as well.

Use: These fish are used in several WotLK recipes including the famously popular Fish Feast (450-465), Firecracker Salmon (400-460), Small Feast (425-475), and Smoked Salmon (350-415).

Locations: Grizzly Hills, Wintergrasp, Howling Fjord and Dragonblight.

10) Nettlefish (up to 3gp ea. in the Auction House) These fiesty fish are easily caught in the streams, rivers and shores of Sholazar Basin, Northrend. It's not accessable for any low level toons though. The catch rate, however, is fairly high and there are plenty of Nettlefish Pools to fish from.

Use: These fish are used in several WotLK recipes including the famously popular Fish Feast (450-465), Spicy Blue Nettlefish (400-460), Small Feast (425-475), and Poached Nettlefish (350-415).

Locations: Wintergrasp, Sholazar Basin, Ulduar, and Dragonblight.

11) Dragonfin Angelfish (up to 3gp ea. in the Auction House) Arguably, the Dragonfin Angelfish is the most beautiful fish in all Warcraft. Famed for their beauty, these comely fish also taste great! They're best prepared with Northern Spices and either Blackened or broiled as a filet. Either way, they'll restore 22,500 health and 19,200 mana in a jiff as well as adding 40 to your stamina AND either 40 to your strength or agility (respectively).

Use: With the recipes for:
Blackened Angelfish (400-460) and Dragonfin Filet (400-460).

Locations: Borean Tundra, Dragonblight*, Grizzly Hills, and Zul'Drak.

*One of the safest places to catch these is on the pier or shoreline of Mao'ki Harbor in Dragonblight. To get there, take the trip on the great turtle ferry from the Kau'lak village in Howling Fjord or fly in from any Flight Master in Northrend if you have the nearby waypoint.

Personal note: For those of you who love to fish, especially if you are a casual player, I have some great news that will appeal to the Angler in you. Fishing a couple of hours a day (in just seven (7) days) with my level 19 PVP Warlock, I caught enough fish to earn thirty-four hundred (3,400) gold pieces (gp) in the auction house. It was quite an adventure. In fact, I vacationed all across the World of Warcraft and traveled to every continent. My fishing skill rose from 150 to 450 during my expedition.

From the wide variety of the thousands of fish caught, many of them sold quickly in the Auction House for as much as five (5) gold pieces (gp) per fish. Most of the fish were used for cooking skill-ups and some others were used for alchemy potion making. While there may be other uses for some fish, cooking and alchemy are the big winners.

Cheers Mateys, -Trader Wow

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