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New World: Best fishing hotspots and how to find them

We talk about the different fishing hotspots in New World whilst sharing details on how players can find the best places to fish.
To get the maximum output from fishing activity in New World, players must have good fish baits. And they must know about the different fishing hotspots. Catching rare fish will allow players to sell them in the trading post. 

Alternatively, players can use them in alchemy or for crafting other items. And if all that is not enough, players can always salvage them for items like fish oil, fish guts, etc. 

In any case, knowing about the best places to fish is a must thing for New World players. Keeping that in mind, we have prepared a handy guide on New World fishing hotspots and how to find the best places to fish based on your fishing level. 

New World fishing hotspots 

New World best places to fish
While exploring Aeternum, keep an eye on the compass. It shows the nearby fishing hotspots. (Picture: Hritwik, Amazon Games)

Fishing hotspots in New World is divided into three parts - 

  • Broad hotspots - ☆

  • Rare hotspots - ☆☆

  • Secret hotspots - ☆☆☆

Broad hotspots 

The broad hotspots are fishing nodes in New World that refresh every twenty to thirty minutes. Its rarity is one star, but that doesn't mean it offers low tier fish. 

As the star rarity only decides the fish count, respawn time, and the chances of catching common, uncommon, rare and legendary fish. 

Players start unlocking broad hotspots once their fishing skill is at level 2 or above. Here is a brief detail on broad hotspots that you must know about. 

  • Fish count - 30

  • Refresh time - 20 ~ 30 minutes, once depleted. 

  • Chance of catching a common fish - 45%

  • Chance of catching an uncommon fish - 40%

  • Chance of catching a rare fish - 10%

  • Chance of catching a legendary fish - < 5%

Rare hotspots

The rare hotspots are fishing nodes with better chances of obtaining uncommon, rare and legendary fish. They have less fish count than the broad hotspots, but the fishes found are of higher rarity.

  • Fish count - 20

  • Refresh time - 30 ~ 45 minutes, once depleted. 

  • Chance of catching a common fish - 0%

  • Chance of catching an uncommon fish - 65%

  • Chance of catching a rare fish - 30%

  • Chance of catching a legendary fish - 5%

Secret hotspots 

New World best fishing spots
The secret hotspots are always full of players. (Picture: Hritwik, Amazon Games)

The secret hotspots are fishing nodes best suited for catching uncommon and legendary fish. They have the least number of fish counts. And are often depleted by other players. So, you may not see the message "Landed in Hotspot!" when you visit a secret hotspot. 

  • Fish count - 10

  • Refresh time - 45 ~ 90 minutes, once depleted. 

  • Chance of catching a common fish - 0%

  • Chance of catching an uncommon fish - 70%

  • Chance of catching a rare fish - 20%

  • Chance of catching a legendary fish - 10%

How to find broad, rare or secret fishing hotspots 

Fishing hotspot
The secret hotspots are just called “secret,” you can spot them in the compass as usual when you are in the vicinity.  (Picture: Hritwik, Amazon Games)

Depending on your fishing skill level, players unlock broad, rare or secret fishing hotspots. Thankfully, the unlock sequence is progressive, which means when your fishing skill level is low, the broad, rare or secret fishing hotspot will pop up in regions with the low-level requirement. 

Thanks to the New World community, we have a fishing guide web tool that showcases all fishing locations based on your level. 

New World Fishing skill slider
Use the slider to adjust your fishing skill level. (Picture: Fishing Guide, Amazon Games)

Once you are at the fishing guide community website, select the suitable fishing hotspot and click on the location icon to get the exact location of the hotspot.

New World Fishing hotspot
Click on the compass icon to open the fishing hotspot location in MapGenie. (Picture: Fishing Guide, Amazon Games)

If you click on the magnification glass in the newly opened window, you can interact with the map and check the region and nearby locations for reference purposes.  

If you need a refresher on New World, make sure to check out our guides for the game on our dedicated section. 

Featured image courtesy of Amazon Games.