Fishing and Cooking 1-375 Alliance - El's Extreme Anglin' - WoW Fishing Guide


This method levels cooking and fishing skills at the same time. There are many different ways to do this. This guide is designed to keep travel time low, not waste lures, and be easy to follow: It does not use rare/quest recipes, and does not rely on fish that can only be caught at certain times of day. It does not require +100 lures, yet allows fishing without get-aways (except close to 375 fishing skill, when there is no easy alternative). The guide does not require any special faction reputations. Note that enemies of the Steamwheedle Cartel cannot complete the Artisan Cooking quest, so cannot level cooking beyond 225 by any method. The guide has been optimised for changes in patch 2.4.

Most of the dishes you create cannot be sold at auction, so you will loose gold until the final stages of the guide. Fortunately, Outland fishing and cooking is very profitable, so you should have more than covered the costs of leveling by 375. Remember that the main aim of this guide is to level fishing and cooking, not to make gold. For gold, read this method.

Both fishing and cooking skills level-up in a partly-random way: I cannot say precisely how many catches or cooked dishes will be needed. You will find you have caught more fish than you need to cook, because fishing always levels slower than cooking. This gives you quite a lot of flexibility to vary from the guide.

Fishing Pole


Find a good fishing pole. If you have not already done so, complete the quest "Rather Be Fishin'" for the +20 Seth's Graphite Fishing Pole" from Seth in Shattrath City. If this is not possible, you can search for a Big Iron Fishing Pole.

If you prefer to use a more basic fishing pole, you will need to use +25 Shiny Bauble lures for the first 20 skill points when moving to new zones. Where +25 lures are recommended, you will need to use +50. +100 instead of +75. This wasteful and not recommended.

The pole recommendation is primarily for anglers who will follow this guide into Outland, and whose level is high enough to complete Seth's quest (62+). Those using the guide up till 300 fishing and about 280 cooking, can safely use lures. Lack of decent fishing gear only becomes a big problem in Outland, where +100 luring would need to be sustained for hours.

Elwynn Forest

Lee Brown
  1. Travel to Goldshire in Elwynn Forest.
  2. Train Apprentice Cooking from Tomas ("Cook") in the inn's kitchen.
  3. From Tharynn Bouden ("Trade Supplies") in the centre of Goldshire, buy Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish and Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper. Learn the first recipe. Shiny Baubles and Fishing Poles are also for sale here.
  4. Train Apprentice Fishing from Lee Brown ("Fishing Trainer") by the lake east of Goldshire (pictured right).
  5. Fish from either lake near Goldshire until your skill reaches 75. You should catch about 45 Raw Brilliant Smallfish and 30 Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper. Almost every catch will gain a point of fishing skill. Do not start cooking yet!
  6. Train Journeyman Fishing from Lee Brown.
The basics of fishing are not covered here. To learn about fishing techniques, please read Your First Catch.


  1. Ride north into Stormwind City.
  2. Catherine Leland ("Fishing Supplies") can be found on a pier in the canals, on the west side of the Trade District. Buy Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish (you cannot learn it yet).
  3. Fish in the canals of Stormwind until your skill reaches 130. You should catch about 15 Raw Brilliant Smallfish, 65 Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper, and 30 Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish.
  4. Go to the "Pig and Whistle Tavern" in the Old Town. Cook all your Raw Brilliant Smallfish. This should take your cooking skill to about 55. If you do not reach 50, fish in the canals a little longer.
  5. Train Journeyman Cooking from Stephen Ryback ("Cooking Trainer"), in the inn.
  6. Learn the Longjaw Mud Snapper recipe, and cook all you have. Your cooking skill will rise to about 115. Learn the Bristle Whisker Catfish recipe, and cook all you have. Your cooking should be between 125 and 150. If you do not reach 100 cooking with Longjaw Mud Snapper, skip this step for now. You will catch more Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper later.
At the very end of this guide, you will need +100 lures to fish effectively. Look out for Aquadynamic Fish Attractor when talking to fishing suppliers: They often sell a couple each, but never sell whole stacks. Alternatively, watch for +100 Sharpened Fish Hooks at the auction house.

Stranglethorn Vale

Old Man Heming
  1. Take a gryphon south to Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale. If you do not have access to this flight point yet, simply ride from the closest known flight point.
  2. Old Man Heming ("Fishing Supplies") is found in "The Happy Bobber", a shop in the center of Booty Bay (close to water-level). Buy Expert Fishing - The Bass and You. If your fishing skill is above 125, read the book, otherwise wait till later.
  3. Kelsey Yance ("Cook") is found in The Old Port Authority building, on the northern side of Booty Bay. Buy Recipe: Mithril Head Trout and Recipe: Filet of Redgill. You will not be able to learn either yet. Many of Kelsey's other recipes will be useful if you plan a career as an angler, but are not essential for leveling.
  4. No fishing here! Take the boat to Ratchet in The Barrens.


Map: Silverwind Refuge.
  1. Set your hearthstone in Ratchet. Fly from Ratchet to Astranaar in Ashenvale. Now ride south-east to Silverwind Refuge, which is on the north side of Mystral Lake (map right).
  2. Buy Expert Cookbook from Shandrina ("Trade Goods") in Silverwind Refuge. If your cooking skill is high enough, read the book now. If not, learn Expert Cooking later.
  3. Fish in the open water of Mystral Lake until your fishing skill reaches 205. You will catch about 95 Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper, and 145 Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish.
  4. Only cook the Longjaw Mud Snapper if your cooking skill is still below 100. You may need to make your own cooking fire - or just wait until you reach Ratchet or Theramore Isle and use cooking stoves or fires there instead.
  5. Cook all the Bristle Whisker Catfish you have. Your cooking skill will hopefully rise close to 175. Skill-ups will come very slowly close to 175. Don't worry if you don't quite make it - there are plenty of Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish in the next zone on the tour.
  6. Use your hearthstone to return to Ratchet.

Dustwallow Marsh

Witch Hill Fishing
  1. Fly to Theramore Isle in Dustwallow Marsh. Set your hearthstone in Theramore Isle.
  2. Ride north, past Sentry Point, until you reach inland open water at Witch Hill (pictured right). Look for the old boat! Fish open water here until your skill reaches 225. You can fish from any open inland water in Dustwallow Marsh, if this location becomes dangerous.
  3. Swim to Nat Pagle, and complete the Artisan Fishing Quest. This requires 4 quest-only fish to be caught from different locations. Read a full walkthrough for the Artisan Fishing Quest, with maps of locations »
  4. While completing the Artisan Fishing Quest, gather 10 Zesty Clam Meat for the upcoming Artisan Cooking quest. Zesty Clam Meat is always found within a Big-mouth Clam. These can be caught, but killing monsters is far quicker. One option is to kill Young Murk Thresher, Murk Threshers or Elder Murk Threshers found in the sea around the coast of Dustwallow Marsh. However, these creatures can be rather hard to find. Naga Explorer found on the coast north-west of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale can be killed while completing the Artisan Fishing Quest. These are less likely to carry Big-mouth Clam, but are a lot easier to find. Alternatively, wait until Tanaris, then kill Steeljaw Snappers near Steamwheedle Port.
  5. Return to Witch Hill, and keep fishing inland open water until your skill reaches 255. Overall, you will gain about 90 Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish and 140 Raw Mithril Head Trout while fishing in Dustwallow Marsh.
  6. Ride to Theramore Isle and cook your fish. Cook Bristle Whisker Catfish until cooking skill 175, then learn the recipe and cook Mithril Head Trout until cooking skill 225. Stop cooking at 225 and keep any remaining Raw Mithril Head Trout.
  7. Buy 20 Alterac Swiss from Craig Nollward ("Cook") in Theramore's inn. This is also required for the upcoming Artisan cooking quest.


Dirge Quikcleave
  1. Fly to Gadgetzan in Tanaris.
  2. Accept the quest, "Clamlette Surprise" from Dirge Quikcleave ("Butcher") in the inn. You still need 12 Giant Eggs, which you can gain from killing Roc, Fire Roc or Searing Roc in the deserts of Tanaris. Look along the line of huge bones that runs south-west from Gadgetzan. If Rocs are hard to find, consider traveling north to Felwood and killing Ironbeaks. Owlbeasts in Winterspring are also options. None of the drops required are quest items, so you might find them at the auction house. Return to Dirge Quikcleave to learn Artisan Cooking.
  3. Cook the remaining Mithril Head Trout until the recipe turns grey.
  4. Travel east from Gadgetzan to Steamwheedle Port. From Gikkix ("Fisherman") buy Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon and Recipe: Nightfin Soup. You may not be able to learn them yet, but you can learn the Recipe: Filet of Redgill you've been carrying since Booty Bay. Gikkix's other recipes may be useful, but are not required for this guide. Now return to Gadgetzan.


Map: Verdantis River in Feralas.
  1. Fly to Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas. If you don't have any flight point in Feralas, you might need to ride all the way from Tanaris.
  2. From Vivianna ("Trade Supplies") buy Recipe: Lobster Stew and Recipe: Mightfish Steak. You will not be able to learn these recipes yet! From Savanne ("Fishing Supplies") buy at least 10 Shiny Baubles.
  3. Cross to the mainland, and ride east to the Verdantis River (map right). Alternatively, any other inland water in Feralas can be fished, except for Jademir Lake (which has a higher skill requirement, and different fish). If the factions are at war, consider the lake above and to the south of the Horde base at Camp Mojache. Fish until your skill reaches 300. Use +25 Shiny Baubles until fishing skill 280, to stop fish getting away. You will catch a small number of Raw Mithril Head Trout, about 100 Raw Redgill, plus around 90 Raw Nightfin Snapper and Raw Sunscale Salmon combined: The balance between these fish varies by time of day. You will catch some other fish too, which are not required for leveling.
  4. Cook the Redgill, taking your cooking skill to about 260. Finally learn their recipes and cook Nightfin Snapper and Sunscale Salmon, raising cooking skill to about 280. Your cooking skill must reach 275.
  5. Hearth back to Theramore Isle. You may wish to cook here, for safety and convenience. Take the boat to the Wetlands, gryphon to the Blasted Lands, and ride through the portal to Outland.

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