BDO - Freshwater Fishing Guide
10 October 2018 - Following the extensive changes to Fishing included in the 10 October 2018 Patch Notes, THIS INFORMATION IS NOW DEPRECATED AND IS CHANGED IN THE GAME. Refer to this for historical purposes only.15 February 2017 - Added trash items for Kamasylvia and note that it is possible to catch at least the Amur Minnow now over the invisible barrier. See note below.19 February 2017 - Updated entries for Kamasylvia to reflect recent Engish name revisions.23 February 2017 - Added confirmed fish tables for Kamasylvia based on two areas we can fish already close to the border. See under Kamasylvia. This includes the Bottle with a Note (now confirmed possible to obtain via fishing probably as a region wide rare chance) and Giant Fish Bone items.01 May 2017 - Updating lists to reflect the name change of Minnow > Goby Minnow. Still a common, white quality freshwater fish.03 September 2017 - Changed species name Steed > Cornet Fish to reflect new name in-game, in Serendia fish table.02 October 2017 - Added Kamasylvia fish tables with location map now confirmed in-game as Kamasylvia Part 1 is live.05 October 2017 - Name changed yet again for Steed > Cornet Fish > Barbel Steed.21 November 2017 - Added the revised Kamasylvia fish tables, species, descriptions and revised map to include both Kamasylvia Part 1 & Part 2 now.06 December 2017 - The Gold Key item has been added to some fish tables in the 29 Nov 2017 Patch Notes (no note for this) notably in Margoria ocean areas, Velia Hotspot, Grana city & Lake Flonder in Kamasylvia. it is not known if this is a permanent change as it is impacting relic drop rate in these areas. When this is confirmed then the guide will be updated.13 April 2018 - The Laila's Petal blue quality item has been added as a low drop rate chance to all regions, both freshwater and sal-----er. The item is used for the new Fairy pet.Introduction
Although less important for fishing generally than sea areas, the inland rivers and other water bodies contain a wide range of fish species. They also have their own variation of fish spawns. The existing freshwater fishing replaced the original setup which included hidden static hotspots and differing fish tables. This has all been replaced with what now exists.
The most important consideration of fish species locations is that, like in the various regional sea areas, each region has it's own specific fish species table.
This means that any fish caught within a territory such as Calpheon, will be the same across the entire region (see note below on smaller waters and trash catches).
The Valencia expansion introduced no new fish species, using part of the tables from both Mediah and Balenos (see note below).
Generally the fish table will consist:
1-2 yellow quality species1-2 blue quality species2-3 green quality species3-4 white quality fish species.Various trash items depending on region in all tables.Ancient Relic Crystal Shard and Silver Key items drop in all areas (not from the Default Fish Table in some smaller waters, see note below).The designers continue to add fishing content and this is reflected in new freshwater fish species and waters in the upcoming Kamasylvia region. This includes for the first time a yellow quality, high value Rare fish species, the Yellow Snapper, as a low drop rate chance across the new area.
The list is provided to help finding missing fish species for the Knowledge entries; locating specific species for fishing quests and for general interest.
The salt-water version of this list is available here:
BDO - Ocean Fish Species List
General notes and specific notes on freshwater fish spawns are included at the end for more information.
Freshwater Fish Species List
Broken Bottle Fragment
Fish spawn species
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Fish spawn species
Fish spawn species:
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Fish spawn species:
Only one blue species but two yellow species.
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Fish spawn species
Species taken from two existing fish tables. Yellow, blue, green quality species from Balenos and white quality species from Mediah.
Kamasylvia A - Kamasylvia Vicinity Associated nodes include: Kamasylvia Vicinity Fish SpeciesNone TrashBroken Bottle FragmentFertilizer SackWashed-Up Laundry OtherNone NotePossibly a bugged fish table as it is not the normal Default Fish Table (sandeel/ surfperch, fish bones, seaweed). Appears to be no fish or other items in this table. Kamasylvia B - Atanis Pond Associated nodes include: Atanis Pond, Atanis Waterway, Caduil Forest, Krogdalo Trace, Mansuam Forest, Mirumok Ruins, Polly's Forest, Shady Tree Forest, Southern Kamasylvia, Tooth Fairy Cabin (North), Tooth Fairy Forest (North), Viv Foretta's Cabin Fish SpeciesGolden Siniperca (Rare)Mandarin FishSpotted BarbelDiamond MinnowStriped ShinerAmur MinnowBassYellowfin Sculpin TrashSnapped RopeTattered BootTorn Net OtherAncient Relic Crystal ShardSilver KeyBreezy Conch SeaweedBottle with a NoteGiant Fish Bone NoteOne of the fish tables introduced with Kamasylvia Part 1 and appears to have a slightly higher than average relic drop rate. Also includes a very low chance of fishing up a Bottle with a Note quest item, or a Giant Fish Bone house ornament. Kamasylvia C - Navarn Steppe Associated nodes include: Loopy Tree Forest, Mirumok Ruins, Navarn Springs, Navarn Steppe, Shady Tree Forest, Tooth Fairy Cabin (South), Tooth Fairy Forest (South), Western Valtarra Mountains Fish SpeciesGolden Siniperca (Rare)PacuSwiriLenokYellow-Head CatfishStumpy BullheadSweetfishGoby Minnow TrashSnapped RopeTattered BootTorn Net OtherAncient Relic Crystal ShardSilver KeyBreezy Conch SeaweedBottle with a NoteGiant Fish Bone NoteOne of the fish tables introduced with Kamasylvia Part 1 and appears to have a slightly higher than average relic drop rate. Also includes a very low chance of fishing up a Bottle with a Note quest item, or a Giant Fish Bone house ornament. Kamasylvia D - Okiara River Fish SpeciesGolden Siniperca (Rare)Leather CarpMiho Spine LoachArowanaCherry SalmonCommon MinnowGraylingBleeker TrashBroken Bottle FragmentFertilizer SackWashed-Up LaundryOtherAncient Relic Crystal ShardSilver KeyBreezy Conch SeaweedBottle with a NoteGiant Fish Bone NoteOne of the fish tables introduced with Kamasylvia Part 1 and appears to have a slightly higher than average relic drop rate. Also includes a very low chance of fishing up a Bottle with a Note quest item, or a Giant Fish Bone house ornament. Kamasylvia E - Grána city Associated nodes include: Grána Fish SpeciesGolden Siniperca (Rare)Granges D'or (Rare)Spotted BarbelMiho Spined LoachDiamond MinnowYellow-Head CatfishStumpy BullheadSweetfishGoby Minnow TrashNo trash OtherAncient Relic Crystal ShardSilver KeyBreezy Conch Seaweed NoteFish table confined to the city boundaries, with other tables outside, even within the safe zone.No trash group in the table.Golden Siniperca have a higher than normal drop rate for a high value rare fish.The new high value rare species, the Granges D'Or appears to have a lower drop rate even for rare fish.The average relic drop rate appears lower than the Kamasylvia Part 1 fish tables (B,C&D).No Bottle with a Note or Giant Fish Bone items confirmed caught to date. Kamasylvia F - Lake Flonder Associated nodes include: Grána (East), Lake Flonder, Okiara RiverFish SpeciesGolden Siniperca (Rare)PacuSwiriLenokYellow-Head CatfishStumpy BullheadSweetfishGoby Minnow TrashNo trash OtherAncient Relic Crystal ShardSilver KeyBreezy Conch Seaweed NoteNo trash group in the table.Same as Kamasylvia C but with no trash group.The average relic drop rate appears lower than the Kamasylvia Part 1 (A,B,C&D) fish tables (TBC).No Bottle with a Note or Giant Fish Bone items confirmed caught to date. Kamasylvia G - Coastal (Inland) Associated nodes include: Grana (West), Gyfin Rhasia Temple, Krogdalo Trace, Looney Cabin, Loopy Tree Forest, Okiara River, Tooth Fairy Forest, Yianaro's Field Fishing speciesStriped ShinerAmur MinnowBassYellowfin Sculpin TrashSnapped RopeTattered BootTorn Net OtherNone NoteBlue only fish table.No relic/key/conch group in this table.Used primarily in a zone approximately 100-200m inland the sea but also a few small pools inland. Kamasylvia H - Coastal (Sea) Associated nodes include: Acher West Camp, Grana (West), Gyfin Rhasia Temple, Krogdalo Trace, Looney Cabin, Loopy Tree Forest, Okiara River, Southern Kamasylvia, Tooth Fairy Forest Fishing speciesStriped ShinerAmur MinnowBassYellowfin Sculpin Trash itemsBroken Bottle FragmentFertilizer SackWashed-Up Laundry OtherNone NotePlaceholder fish table for the sea areas that are fishable in Kamasylvia, along the coast.This is the same fish table that was (and still is)possible to fish over the barrier from Ross Sea to part of the fogged Kamasylvia coast.It is not possible to fish whole coastline due to partial invisible barriers which give a null cast. Map - Kamasylvia Fish Table Location Map Note
White species most likely taken from existing freshwater tables.
Possibly more than one fish table in the region.
Assume translated names will be updated to remove RL references for the EU/NA release.
Fish spawns not noted yet.
Possible to catch the Amur Minnow at least across invisible barrier from Ross Sea, west of Port Epheria since 15 February 2017 Patch Notes.
Fishing speed is slower compared to in the sea and also current fish tables have a lower proportion of high quality fish and more trash content. The slowest fishing in the game is in Heidel, compounded by the fact it is nearly always Exhausted resources there too. This, together with the rather strange spawn behaviour makes it less attractive than sea fishing generally.The slower speed does however offer one advantage. That is for passive AFK fishing combined with a small inventory. The high percentage of catch auto-deleted when the option is selected, means more chances for relic shards in the remaining inventory slots (the drop rate remains similar but space is retained for longer for shard drop chances).Some smaller waters may contain the Default Fish Table (Fish Bones, Seaweed, Sandeel).The upcoming Kamasylvia expansion will also have it's own fish table with some new species added and the currently missing Swiri species also added.The last remaining freshwater species that is not yet catchable in the game we now know is the Swiri and this has been confirmed as being added with the Kamasylvia expansion.Sadly some of the most picturesque stream locations only have the default fish table and therefore offer nothing for fishing. Hopefully these can be properly identified as fishing waters for a proper fishing table at least. And some reworking of the current freshwater spawns to make them less frustrating and relevant would also help add these often attractive waters as more viable options to the fisher.Notes on freshwater Fish Spawns
The randomly spawning fish pools are referred to as fish spawns rather than the older term hotspot, to avoid confusion between old static hotspots and the newer randomly spawning fish spawns.Fish spawns inland difference from those found at sea in how they function. The general behaviour is:The freshwater spawns have jumping fish (trout-like) but no sea gulls hovering above them.They have a short spawn duration, often de-spawning within minutes (seemingly some are bugged and de-spawn in less than a minute).On cast the spawn will de-spawn rather like Coelacanth spawns.Unlike Coelacanth it is often possible to continue catching the spawn species in the same spot 2-3 more times after de-spawn. There is no remaining animation and the float needs to be recast to the same spot for this to occur.The actual activation zone of the spawn is tight to the visual animation meaning the float needs to land in the middle or the spawn species wont be caught; unlike at sea where the activation zone extends out at least a boat length from the visual spawn.Due to many freshwater spawns being out of range from land, the use of a boat is strongly recommended. This enables the fisher to patrol the river looking for spawns and position themselves close enough for an accurate cast into the pool. Using remote collection to an appropriate inland wharf (ensuring no items in the boat hold) is possible and the easiest way to use a boat inland.There are some spawns which appear unfishable due to being in water where there is no wharf or connecting river through which to navigate to it. The spawns out of range from the shore (even with an energy cast) can not be fished. And example of this is Lake Kaia.Acknowledgements
MaoMaoPrince for great fishing related Twitch streams, informative YouTube videos and hosting a lively Discord fishing community.
Fam for the invaluable map and various overlays including Sea regions on his Famme’s BDO map site.
BDDatabase.net for an invaluable resource for Black Desert Online.
Fellow members of the MaoMaoPrince Discord fishing community for all the help, advice and support especially sibyyl and Desado.
The other various forums such as BDFisher and Reddit BDO for the efforts of members in sharing fishing information, often providing data and personal experiences, not otherwise available.
Pearl Abyss for developing Black Desert Online and Kakao Games Europe B.V. for making a great MMO available for us to experience.
Corrections & Suggestions
If you find additional species and/ or find any errors in the above please post to this forum thread and I will aim to check and amend them. Please provide a screenshot if possible which will help in this.
I hope this proves useful to my fellow fishers in BDO.
Moonraker - EU