Fishing pool

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Fishing icon WoW Icon 16x16.png Fishing (Profession)

Fishing pools, or Schools of Fish, are location objects found in different bodies of water in WoW that have a significance to the fishing profession. Typically, a higher portion of more desirable items can be fished within a fishing pool. Fishing pool is a more general term; School of Fish is a fishing pool that contains (primarily) fish. School of Fish can also mean a kind of critter object in WoW that is not directly fishable (but appears only in fishable waters), and so fishing pool is more specific as regards the fishing profession; School of Fish critter objects are not fishing pools.

Fishing

Fishing pools are shallow cylindrical regions within fishable water. They designate small regions within fishable water that give better kinds of catches than the surrounding water. Some fish can only be obtained from Fishing pools.

In order to fish a Fishing pool, your bobber must be within the circular area on the surface of the water that defines the boundaries of the fishing pool. Only the top surface has significance for fishing.

To do this, face the pool, pole in hand. Cast, then if you want to only fish the pool, recast each time you miss. An AddOn such as Fishing Buddy can make this easier to do.

If your bobber lands close to the boundary of the pool, it may be unclear if it is within the pool or not. You can often tell from what you catch, but if you are in a hurry you may not want to wait.

Some of the uncertainty is from the 3-D nature of the pool. Depending on the type of pool, it may be partly outlined by fish critters swimming within the pool boundaries. These will be under the surface of the pool and from your point of view will appear to be offset toward you on the surface. Also, some of the defining graphics fade in and out, simulating the effects of light on water.

Another visual challenge is that the barrels and crates in a Floating Wreckage pool can somewhat obscure your bobber. Also they are slightly bobbing, and can make your bobber seem to be bobbing prematurely relative to themselves. (Enabling sound effects can avoid this problem, if you're not near other fishers; just listen for the splash.)

Fishing pools never yield junk, even at a skill level of 1, and they give skillups just as fast as the surrounding water.

Fishing pools are not permanent, but appear and remain until fished out (like mineral nodes are mined out) then respawn at a different location. The respawn rules vary, some types have a delay, some do not.

Types

Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor schools

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Bloodsail Wreckage  [Mithril Bound Trunk] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Firefin Snapper Pool  [Firefin Snapper] Coastal Various
Floating Debris  [Tightly Sealed Trunk] Coastal & Inland Azshara
Darkshore
Duskwood
Northern Barrens
Redridge Mountains
Silverpine Forest
Westfall
Floating Wreckage  [Mithril Bound Trunk] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Greater Sagefish School  [Raw Greater Sagefish] Inland Eastern Plaguelands
Western Plaguelands
Mixed Ocean School  [Firefin Snapper] Inland Stranglethorn Vale
Muddy Churning Waters  [Zulian Mudskunk] N/A Zul'Gurub
Oily Blackmouth School  [Oily Blackmouth] Coastal Arathi Highlands
Ashenvale
Azshara
Blasted Lands
Darkshore
Desolace
Hillsbrad Foothills
Swamp of Sorrows
Tanaris
Wetlands
Sagefish School  [Raw Sagefish] Inland Ashenvale
Duskwood
Silverpine Forest
Stranglethorn Vale
Wetlands
School of Deviate Fish  [Deviate Fish] Inland Northern Barrens
Schooner Wreckage  [Watertight Trunk] Coastal & Inlands Ashenvale
Hillsbrad Foothills
Stonetalon Mountains
Wetlands
Speckled Tastyfish Pool  [Speckled Tastyfish] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Stonescale Eel Swarm  [Stonescale Eel] Coastal Blasted Lands
Swamp of Sorrows
Tanaris
Thousand Needles
Waterlogged Wreckage  [Iron Bound Trunk] Coastal & Inland Desolace
Dustwallow Marsh
Feralas
Western Plaguelands

Muddy Churning Waters and Speckled Tastyfish Pools were removed in Patches 4.0.3 and 5.1.0 respectively.

Outland schools

Name Main Catch Zones Located
Bluefish School  [Icefin Bluefish] Nagrand
Brackish Mixed School  [Golden Darter]
 [Spotted Feltail]
Terokkar Forest
Zangarmarsh
Highland Mixed School  [Golden Darter]
 [Furious Crawdad]
Terokkar Forest
Mudfish School  [Figluster's Mudfish] Nagrand
Pure Water  [Mote of Water] Nagrand
Steam Pump Flotsam  [Heavy Supply Crate]
 [Steam Pump Debris]
Zangarmarsh
Zangarian Sporefish School  [Zangarian Sporefish] Zangarmarsh

Northrend schools

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Borean Man O'War School  [Borean Man O' War] Coastal Borean Tundra
Deep Sea Monsterbelly School  [Deep Sea Monsterbelly] Off Coast The Frozen Sea
Borean Tundra
Dragonfin Angelfish School  [Dragonfin Angelfish] Inland Dragonblight
Fangtooth Herring School  [Fangtooth Herring] Inland Howling Fjord
Glacial Salmon School  [Glacial Salmon] Inland Grizzly Hills
Glassfin Minnow School  [Glassfin Minnow] Inland Crystalsong Forest
Imperial Manta Ray School  [Imperial Manta Ray] Coastal Borean Tundra
Dragonblight
Grizzly Hills
Moonglow Cuttlefish School  [Moonglow Cuttlefish] Off Coast The Frozen Sea
Musselback Sculpin School  [Musselback Sculpin] Inland Borean Tundra
Dragonblight
Nettlefish School  [Nettlefish] Inland Sholazar Basin

Cataclysm schools

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Albino Cavefish School  [Albino Cavefish] Inland Deepholm
Algaefin Rockfish School  [Algaefin Rockfish] Coastal Twilight Highlands
Blackbelly Mudfish School  [Blackbelly Mudfish] Inland Water Uldum
Fathom Eel Swarm  [Fathom Eel] Coastal Uldum, Tol Barad
Highland Guppy School  [Highland Guppy] Inland Twilight Highlands
Mountain Trout School  [Mountain Trout] Inland Mount Hyjal
Pool of Fire  [Volatile Fire] Lava Mount Hyjal, Twilight Highlands
Shipwreck Debris  [Sealed Crate] Coastal/Inland Tol Barad Peninsula

Pandaria schools

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Emperor Salmon School  [Emperor Salmon] Coastal/Inland Valley of the Four Winds, Krasarang Wilds
Giant Mantis Shrimp Swarm  [Giant Mantis Shrimp] Coastal Various
Jade Lungfish School  [Jade Lungfish] Inland The Jade Forest
Jewel Danio School  [Jewel Danio] Inland Timeless Isle
Krasarang Paddlefish School  [Krasarang Paddlefish] Coastal/Inland Krasarang Wilds, Valley of the Four Winds
Redbelly Mandarin School  [Redbelly Mandarin] Inland Townlong Steppes
Reef Octopus Swarm  [Reef Octopus] Coastal Various
Spinefish School  [Spinefish] Inland Various
Tiger Gourami School  [Tiger Gourami] Coastal/Inland Kun-Lai Summit

Draenor schools

The continent of Draenor is available to players with the WoD Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Blind Lake Sturgeon School  [Blind Lake Sturgeon] Inland Shadowmoon Valley
Fire Ammonite School  [Fire Ammonite] Inland Frostfire Ridge, Nagrand
Jawless Skulker School  [Jawless Skulker] Inland Gorgrond
Blackwater Whiptail School  [Blackwater Whiptail] Inland Talador
Abyssal Gulper School  [Abyssal Gulper Eel] Inland Spires of Arak
Fat Sleeper School  [Fat Sleeper] Inland Nagrand
Savage Piranha School  [Savage Piranha] Coastal/Inland Ashran
Sea Scorpion School  [Sea Scorpion] Coastal Various
Felmouth Frenzy School  [Felmouth Frenzy] Inland Tanaan Jungle

Broken Isles schools

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Special Pools

There are some pools that, while visible at the water surface, are not used as a fishing resource. These may be used as quest objectives or to summon a boss. These have a slightly different appearance than normal fishing schools. A normal Fishing school will look like a circular outlined darker patch of water. A quest objective pool will look like a speckled surface area.

Achievements

The Following Achievements Require Fishing from Pools:

Additionally some element of pool fishing is needed to complete these Achievements:

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2009-04-16): "Certain fishing nodes for one of the fishing daily quests should no longer be spawned on land.[1]"

References

  1. ^ Blizz.gif Bornakk 2009-04-16. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.