Complete Stardew Valley Catfish Location Guide

Fishing in Stardew Valley is an extremely effective way of earning money within the early hours of Stardew Valley, especially since it takes your first crops a while to become ready for harvest. Most importantly though, a number of these fish can also be used to complete the Community Centre bundles. These allow you to progress the plot of the game and unlock some special features not available through any other means.

Key Highlights
  • In Stardew Valley, the Catfish is important for the River Fish Bundle.
  • Although, before players head out to catch the Catfish, there are a few things that they need to keep in mind.
  • The fish is only available from the time of 6 am to 12 pm. It has to be Raining for the fish to show up for that you can use Rain Totem, to increase the chances of Rain.
  • Basic Catfish Variant provides you with 50 energy and 22 health and can be sold for 200 Gold.
  • Silver and Gold Catfish Variant can be sold for 250 Gold and 300 Gold respectively.
  • Iridium Catfish Variant provides you with 90 energy and 40 health and can be sold for 400 Gold.

Stardew Valley Catfish 

Stardew Valley Catfish
River Fish Bundle.

Although the Catfish cannot be used to create any unique dishes or other craftable items in Stardew Valley, it is an essential component of the River Fish Bundle. This is comprised of the following items:

  • Catfish.
  • Shad.
  • Sunfish.
  • Tiger Trout.

Completing any Fish Bundles will cause the Fish Tank to be repaired in the Community Center. It doesn’t matter which one you choose. It can be this one, or the Lake and Night Fishing Bundles, which require the Sturgeon and Walleye respectively.

How To Catch A Catfish

Stardew Valley Catfish
Lake In The Secret Woods.

To improve your chances of catching the Catfish, we highly recommend that you bring along some Bait. Acquiring and equipping this item is an extremely simple process, which will save you a lot of time and effort.

After that, players can find the Catfish in a few different locations over different seasons. The only constant requirements are that the time has to be between 6 am and 12 am and that it has to be raining. Without rain, the fish will not spawn, and there is no point in searching for the Catfish location.

You can wait until the weather changes, but this would simply consume a lot of time. A more reliable method of getting rain is to use an item called the Rain Totem. This greatly increases the chance of rain the next day. It requires the following ingredients to craft:

  • 1x Hardwood.
  • 1x Truffle Oil.
  • 5x Pine Tar.

The rivers that flow through The Mines, Pelican Town and Cindersap Forest will yield the  Catfish during the Spring and Fall seasons. This is technically one body of water stretching across multiple areas, so any of these locations will work.

Stardew Valley Catfish
Cindersap Forest.

During these same seasons, the small lake in the Secret Woods will also have this fish. Rainy Summer days are also a viable option for this location. The Witch’s Swamp during the Spring season is another best location for Catfish.

And finally, searching garbage cans in Pelican Town in either Spring or Fall may also reward you with the Catfish.

Targeting the River in Spring and Fall season

Catfish do not spawn in the oceans, restricting their location to only rivers, lakes, and ponds. The rivers that flow through The Mines, Pelican Town and Cindersap Forest will yield the Catfish during the Spring and Fall seasons. This is technically one body of water stretching across multiple areas, so any of these locations will work.

Catching Catfish in Secret Woods

During these same seasons, the small lake in the Secret Woods will also have this fish. Rainy Summer days are also a viable option for this location. If the game has optimum weather and conditions, head towards this mysterious location and test your luck. Secret Woods is located in the northwest corner of Cindersap Forest. Once you reach the location, you can spot a cumbersome log there that can be chopped. When you chop this big log out, you can get access to this secret location. Use this place to your advantage and get the best out of it.

Catching Catfish in the ponds

Although the spots of the River passing through the town, mines, and the Forest are the best locations to catch Catfish, there are some other spots where you can get lucky as well. Other than rivers, the ponds of farms are a spot to get this fish too. Once you purchase the fish ponds from Robin, the Catfish will spawn there in the primal season and weather.

Uses and price of Catfish

The Catfish is a high energy snack as well as a great asset. You can either use it to gain energy and health or sell it to get gold in return.

The basic variant of Catfish grants you 50 energy and 22 health. Other than that it can also be sold for 200g. The Silver and Gold Catfish even gives more benefits and have selling price of 250g and 300g respectively. The best Catfish is of Iridium quality with highest perks and selling price. This variant grants you 90 energy with 40 health and has a selling price of 400g.

Conclusion

This sums up how to conveniently catch Catfish. The main thing you have to do is to hunt for this fish in the right season and in the right weather. Rest is just your luck. While you’re here, why not also check out our A Winter Mystery guide for the same game.

Stardew Valley Catfish - FAQs

How to catch Catfish Stardew Valley

Bring a bait to improve chances of catching Catfish

Where to find Catfish Stardew Valley?

Witch’s Swamp

Where to catch Catfish Stardew Valley?

Search garbage cans in Pelican Town to catch a free Catfish reward opportunity

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