Pokemon Sun and Moon: Fishing Guide

Pokemon Sun and Moon Fishing Guide

Fishing has always been an important element of Pokémon since the early games, as it is one of the main ways to capture water Pokémon for your collection. In Pokémon Sun & Moon, all of this remains, but the fishing mechanics have been changed.

Fishing Mechanics

Pokemon Sun and Moon Fishing Mechanics
Pokemon Sun and Moon Fishing Mechanics

Fishing now works a little differently in Sun and Moon, as you can’t just stand next to any body of water and throw your rod away. Instead of fishing all over the place, there are certain spots in different places, indicated by a combination of rocks with a hole in the middle where you can fish.

When you are near a fishing spot, the game prompts you to press the A button to throw your fishing rod. Some of the fishing spots can only be accessed when you swim in the sea at the Lapras or Sharpedo peaks, so be sure to explore as many of them as possible.

Water Pokémon can be caught with any Pokéball, but we recommend bringing some dive balls with you as this will improve your Water Type catches.

Objects are also things that can be hooked on when fishing. When you have something on your hook, there is a small chance that you will instead be snagging an object such as pearls, pearl strings, or even bottle caps.

Fishing Spots

Pokemon Sun and Moon Fishing Spot
Pokemon Sun and Moon Fishing Spot

You will find fishing spots all over the world. There are 2 types of fishing spots: with bubbles and splashes.


You may notice bubbles in the fishing spot. They increase the likelihood of finding rare Pokémon.

However, if you move too fast, the bubble point will disappear and you will need to re-enter the Route to access it.


In some cases, splashes are possible. Although they can easily be mistaken for bubble spots, you should not fish in the spray. This can trigger a Pokemon battle.

List of all locations for catching aquatic Pokemon:

  • Route 7
  • Route 8
  • Route 9
  • Route 13
  • Route 14
  • Route 15
  • Akala Outskirts
  • Brooklet Hill
  • Calae Bay
  • Melemele Sea
  • Paniola Town
  • Pony Breaker Coast
  • Pony Gauntlet
  • Pony meadow
  • Pony wild
  • sailors’ village
  • sea cave
  • secluded coast
  • vast Pony canyon

Where to find a Fishing Rod

Pokemon Sun and Moon Fishing Rod

You can only get the fishing rod after you get to the second island, Akala. You need to defeat the water-type test captain, Lana. After that, she will give the fishing rod for catching water Pokémon.

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