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Catfish | Where, When, And How To Catch Catfish In Stardew Valley

where to catch a catfish stardew valley

Where To Get Catfish

If normal fishing wasn’t enough, we are now moving on to a more difficult catch in Stardew Valley. This fish has been bewildering players and angering the ones who find it by chance due to its high difficulty level. If you’ve been searching for the Catfish, then don’t worry, we got you covered. We have set out to gather all the in-game info we could about this elusive fish. Be ready to take notes on the Catfish’s habit and availability, this one is going to get a little bit complicated.

Find A Catfish

stardew valley catfish fishing locations
One of the Catfish Location Spots

First off, the Catfish can only be obtained in a freshwater setting, meaning the ocean is off limits. The game itself gives this fish a proper description noting that it’s a rather uncommon catch. It also is going to give you a run for your money with a difficulty rating of 75. The difficulty rating of the Catfish is also only 5 below that of the legendary Mutant Carp, making it one of the most difficult fish to catch in the game. I suggest getting in plenty of practice before attempting to reel in this catch. You also may want to level your fishing skill and use a higher fishing rod with bait to increase your chances.

The Catfish appears at multiple places in the game during specific times. The Catfish can primarily be found in the river. It can only be caught during Fall or Spring at this location and only if it is currently raining in-game. It can also be found in the Secret Woods during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons while it is raining. The Catfish is able to be caught at anytime of the day however, making it easy to fit in around other in game activities that take up a portion of your day.

The fish can also be caught if you chose the Riverside or Hilltop farming plots. It still has to be raining, but can be caught in the seasons listed above. The Catfish is also able to be found in garbage cans around Pelican Town. It is the only time the Catfish can be acquired in the Winter and garbage cans will not produce Catfish if it is Summer. The Catfish will also be available from the Witch’s Swamp later in the game during Fall and Spring.

Catfish Uses

Stardew Catfish Fishing Guide
Catch Catfish Stardew Valley

The Catfish isn’t a good gift but it’s a high energy snack. At its low point, it gives you 50 energy and 22 health and at it’s best, 90 energy and 40 health. The Catfish also nets a pretty high profit with a 200G base price. With the Angler skill, the Catfish can be worth an amazing 450G per fish at it’s gold star level. If requested on the help wanted board, the fish will net you 600G and 150 friendship points from the villager you deliver it to. If request by Willy, he will reward you 200G per requested Catfish and let you keep the catch to sell as a bonus.

Catfish can be caught any time of day between 6 AM and 12 AM. Sounds easy right? Unfortunately, there’s a “catch”. Catfish can only be caught in the spring and fall on rainy days. Well, unless you want to get creative.

The simplest way to find a catfish in Stardew Valley is to head down to the river in Pelican Town or the Cindersap Forest. However, there are several other possible locations where this aquatic kitty lingers. Some require a little bit of work to uncover. These locations also provide an opportunity to catch catfish in winter, spring, summer, and fall.

How to Unlock the Secret Woods:

To start, you will need a steel axe or stronger to complete this quest.

secret woods SDV
  1. Head over to the northwest corner of Cindersap Forest where you’ll find a cumbersome log that needs some chopping.
  2. Once you break the log, you can access the Secret Woods and catch catfish, among other Stardew Valley fish, all year round.

How to Unlock the Witch’s Swamp:

The Dark Talisman Quest takes a little time and patience but is worth the trouble if you’re also looking to acquire certain void items.

  1. Talk to Krobus in The Sewers (After you have beaten the game and seen the Railroad Cutscene)
  2. Go to the Northwest corner of the Sewers and enter the Mutant Bug Lair to collect the Dark Talisman
  3. Use the Dark Talisman to move the artifact in front of the cave

Now that the cave is open, you’ll need to deal with the witch’s henchman by offering up some void mayonnaise (which you can get after completing the Goblin Problem quest). While he happily slurps up his sludge, get the Magic Ink inside the Swamp and deliver it to the Wizard in his tower. He’ll finally give you access to the Swamp.

If you’re willing to put in the work, catfish can also be caught here year-round.

Other Locations:

You can also catch catfish from the convenience of your own farm by starting a new game and selecting one of the following maps:

  • Hill-top Farm
  • Riverland Farm

Purchasing fish ponds from Robin allows catfish to spawn on your farm.

This requires catching at least three catfish to stock your pond. To increase the initial population, you will need to fetch the fish certain items when the exclamation point appears.

  • Three fish: 3 Copper Bars, 3 Red Mushrooms, 2 Amethyst, or 2 Topaz
  • Five fish: 10 Bat Wings, 5 Mixed Seeds, 2-3 Purple Mushrooms, 2 Earth Crystals, or 2 Earth Crystals
  • Seven fish: 3 Iron Bars, 1 Diamond, 1 Mayonnaise, or 1 Pickle

Wherever you choose to go, we hope that one of these dreary days brings you the good fortune of finding your very own lucky catfish.