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DayZ Standalone Fishing Guide


Fishing has finally made it into DayZ – giving you the ability to fend for yourself in the wilderness with nothing more than a fishing rod and a fireplace. You no longer have to scrounge from town to town looking for canned goods to survive – all you need are a few items to get started and you’re all set to catch your first fish. As of patch 0.57, living off the land is much easier, read below to find out how.

For the Fishing Rod you will need:

For a Fish Trap (optional method) you will need:

For the Fire and preperation you will need:


  • A Gas Canister
  • A Gas Stove
  • A Frying Pan or Cooking Pot
  • A knife (improvised knife or any other)

Ok, so you have your items and you are starting to get hungry! Let’s get right to it.

Step 1

First you’re going to have to collect your ‘long wooden stick’, easily achievable by simply equipping your knife and approaching almost any tree in the game. Select cut branch off”.

Once you have your stick you need to combine it with a rope. You will get two options – make either an Improvised Ashwood Bow or an Improvised Fishing Rod. Make the Fishing Rod. The next step is getting some bait. Again you need to equip a knife (or shovel or hoe), go into first-person mode, look at any grassy patch of ground and select ‘dig up worms’. It may take you a few tries, but eventually you’ll get some worms. You may want to collect between 6-12 worms.

Now you need to attach your worms to your shiny fishing hook, simply combine the two in your inventory and you have a fishing hook ready to equip to your fishing rod!

Step 2 – Catch Some Fish!

Take your freshly made fishing rod, with the fishing hook and bait attached and equip it in your hands. Now you need to go into first-person mode again, approach the edge of a pond and look for the ‘start fishing’ option. Click ‘start fishing’ and your player will cast the line into the pond. now you need to wait, you will see two options in your scroll-wheel menu: ‘Check the bait’ and ‘pull out”. You need to continuously ‘check the bait’ on your fishing line. You will notice that over time, the message in the lower-left corner of the screen changes. It will change from:

‘I sense no movement near the bait’

‘There is some movement near the bait’

‘Something is cautiously examining the bait’

‘Something has just bit the bait!’

As soon as you see the red message ‘Something has just bit the bait!’ it is time to hit the ‘pull out’ option. If you don’t do it quickly enough, you will fail. If you time it right, you will catch something. You will see the loot in your ‘vicinity’ option – sometimes it’s a nice tasty fish and sometimes it is junk loot like a pair of wellies. Each time you catch something, your bait is lost so you’ll need to make sure you have a lot of worms if you plan on doing any serious amount of fishing.

Optional Method – Fish Trap

As of the patch 0.50 you can now craft a ‘Fish Trap’, allowing you to set a trap up in the ocean (currently does not work in rivers or ponds). In order to craft your Fish Trap you’ll need to use a knife on a plastic bottle – this will give you the option to craft a ‘Small Fish Trap’. Now you need to dig up some earthworms, with either your knife, shovel or a garden hoe, and add your earthworms to the trap. Next, place the baited fish trap in your hands and start walking out to sea a little, you should see the ‘Set Fish Trap’ option appear on your screen. Set your trap!

Once set, currently you do not have to wait any length of time before you catch any fish. Simply pick the trap back up, put it back from your inventory, into your hands and you will see the Earthworms have now been replaced by Sardines. All these Sardines need now is some preparation – simply cut them up into ‘fish fillets’ with a knife, set them up on your fire and you’re good to go.

Step 3 – Fireplace and Cooking!

Now that you have yourself a raw fish you will need to fillet it with your knife .This should give you two ‘fish fillets’ and your fillets are ready for cooking. Take a look at our ‘DayZ Hunting & Cooking Guide‘ for more information on how to light your fireplace and cook your fish to perfection!

If you think we’ve missed anything, please let us know in the comments below.

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    10 Responses

  1. mr snipes

    where are those trees ?

    • Shy-lo

      There are some on the south-east to east coast. Bear in mind that Ashwood trees can actually have quite a bit of deviation. As far as I’m aware, there are two types in DayZ. They look strikingly different from one another. I was the one who took the screenshot used in this tut. You can find a screenshot of the other type of ash tree on this reddit that I wrote:

    • Tom

      “Instead of making fishing add new guns and add some cars”.

      • High Five

        This is a survival game, so the fishing is a good adition. If you want to shoot only, go play something else.

  2. McCracken

    No biggie, but fine enough.

    Updating this game with real content and important stuff is way to slow.

    • I_got_worms

      IT’S IN ALPHA.

    • Random Task

      Seriously, you do know what an alpha is right? When you buy the game in this stage, there is content missing because they are working on it. When you become a game developer, feel free to add your own content you feel is most important on your own time frame. Otherwise, wait until the game is complete before purchasing. you can still play the Arma 2 Dayz mod to get your fix.

    • rammur

      Actually imo it moving at a nice steady pace guns are making their way in chopper crashes have made it in in the time frame its been out its goin smooth and alot faster than the mod.

  3. paddy

    For zombie apocalyptic ther are just a few zombie mhh?? Where are they? Thast the reason that the game is just a gooog pvp

  4. rammur

    Pretty dumb really having to use a shovel,pickaxe and a axe i mean you can only carry one at a time so pretty damn pointless they need to make a new backpack specifically for hunting gear or some one handed hatchets and shovels.

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