Fishing is a staple of many survival games and Minecraft is no exception. It’s a great way to get food and materials, but it can also be a source of junk and treasure! To maximise your chances of catching the goodies hiding out in Minecraft’s lakes, rivers and oceans, it’s best to take your time with fishing.

How to Make a Minecraft Fishing Rod

In order to craft a fishing rod in Minecraft, you’ll need three sticks and two pieces of string. You can get the sticks from trees, but the strings are a little harder to come by. To make the fishing rod, you’ll need to place three sticks on the grid of the crafting table in a diagonal line from bottom left to top right. Under the top right stick, you’ll need to place two strings vertically downwards.

Getting a Catch

Once you’ve crafted the fishing rod, all you have to do is cast it into a body of water (lakes, ponds and player-made bodies of water are all fine, as long as they have the sky above them). A small trail of bubbles will appear in the water as the fishing rod’s bobber moves up and down. As soon as a piece of fish hits the line, you’ll be able to pull it in by right-clicking with your mouse.

The fishing rod can also be used to reel in items ranging from fish and junk to treasures like bows, enchanted books, name tags, nautilus shells, saddles and lily pads. These items vary from biome to biome and are usually found in chests or dungeons.

How to Find a Fishing Rod

The best place to look for a fishing rod is underwater ruins. Drowned mobs that are guarding these ruins tend to have a chance of dropping an enchanted or unenchanted fishing rod. Similarly, ship wrecks can occasionally spawn a fishing rod in the wild as well.

You can also use a fishing rod to lure creatures and even mobs. The bobber will move up and down until it gets hit, so try casting the rod into any puddles or streams you come across! Once it’s hooked, you’ll be able to pull in whatever the creature or mob is!

How to Catch a Fish in Minecraft

Once the fishing rod is cast into a body of water, it will have an 85% chance of bringing a fish with it. There are many kinds of fish in Minecraft, including cod and salmon, which are found in rivers, lakes and ponds, as well as tropical fish, pufferfish and turtles that can be caught in the ocean.

If you’re lucky, you may reel in a rare fish that can be quite valuable to players. In addition to fish, you can sometimes reel in other items such as bows, enchanted books, bowls, bones and ink sacs.

There are many ways to reel in a catch in Minecraft, with the main one being the fishing rod’s ability to lure creatures and other players. The chances of catching something on the other side of the hook are higher when you use the rod to lure, and when you have the Lure enchantment, the chance is even better. Despite that, fishing is a very luck-based activity and it’s often not worth your while to use a fishing rod on regular basis. However, if you’re willing to spend some time and effort, you can improve your odds of catching the goods by focusing on other methods of obtaining treasure and junk in Minecraft.

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