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A Short Hike - Comprehensive Fishing Guide (Fishes, Locations, Quests and Achievements)

Written by Bambam   /   Jan 27, 2020    


A guide about all things related to fishing in A Short Hike.

Complete Guide to Fishing in A Short Hike



Fishing Basics



Your first fishing rod

To start fishing you need to visit Bill the Hippo, he spends his time fishing off the dock by Meteor Lake. When you first speak to him he'll give you a fishing rod and teach you how to fish.


 
The Pelican Captain

Docked in the Northeast of Hawk Island is the Pelican Captain, he'll offer you coins for the first fish of each kind. Any trade after the first of each type of fish will instead reward you with bait. Once you give the captain at least 3 unique types of fish he will give you his fishing journal, providing a list of all 15 variants of fish you can catch as well as clues to find ones you haven't. Trading all 15 kinds of fish to the duck captain will reward you with the Golden Rod, increasing your catch rate for rare fish.



Bait

Bait is used to speed up the time it takes to catch fish, you'll get your first set of bait from the camping cat after finding his camping permit and returning it to him. The Pelican captain will also give you bait in exchange for any fish you give him (excluding the first of each variant).



Fish Variants



As well as the regular fish you can also find three other special variants of most fish: Tiny, Big & the rare Albino variant.
 
Brook Trout

Often seen in deep blue or cold waters.

  • Deep Blue Waters



Albino Brook Trout

Often seen in deep blue or cold waters.

  • Deep Blue Waters



Spotted Brook Trout

I Usually see ’em in the shady blue waters, but they’re not hard to find.

  • Blue Waters



Albino Spotted Brook Trout

I Usually see ’em in the shady blue waters, but they’re not hard to find.

  • Blue Waters


 
White Perch

Known to prefer calm river waters.

  • Calm Rivers



Albino White Perch

Known to prefer calm river waters.

  • Calm Rivers



Yellow Perch

Usually seen in weedy water in Meteor Lake.

  • Meteor Lake



Albino Yellow Perch

Usually seen in weedy water in Meteor Lake.

  • Meteor Lake

 

Rainbow Trout

Usually found in deep blue waters.

  • Deep Blue Waters



Actually Rainbow Trout

Usually found in deep blue waters.

  • Deep Blue Waters



White Bass

I came down with a cold the last time I went looking for them.

  • Frozen Waters



Pink White Bass

I came down with a cold the last time I went looking for them.

  • Frozen Waters


 
Northern Pike

Bill is always catching these. He knows a good spot for them.

  • Meteor Lake



Albino Northern Pike

Bill is always catching these. He knows a good spot for them.

  • Meteor Lake


 
Crayfish

These little guys live in little waters.

  • Small Ponds with Lilies



Albino Crayfish

These little guys live in little waters.

  • Small Ponds with Lilies


 
Catfish

Only live in moving waters.

  • Calm Rivers



Golden Catfish

Only live in moving waters.

  • Calm Rivers



Burbot

They never settle down and prefer to live within the rushing rapids.

  • Rapids/fast moving river water



Albino Burbot

They never settle down and prefer to live within the rushing rapids.

  • Rapids/fast moving river water


 
Pumpkinseed Fish

I’ve only seen them in that little pond with the lilies.

  • Pond with Lilies



Pumpkinseed Fish

I’ve only seen them in that little pond with the lilies.

  • Pond with Lilies


 
Bluegill

I almost caught one of these in the little bay on the south end of the island.

  • Southern Bay of Sid Beach



Albino Bluegill

I almost caught one of these in the little bay on the south end of the island.

  • Southern Bay of Sid Beach


 
Common Carp

They prefer calm rivers or deep blue reefs.

  • Calm Rivers
  • Deep Blue Reefs



Albino Common Carp

They prefer calm rivers or deep blue reefs.

  • Calm Rivers
  • Deep Blue Reefs


 
Salmon

I've only seen them near the bottom of river waterfalls.

  • Foot of River Waterfalls



Albino Salmon

I've only seen them near the bottom of river waterfalls.

  • Foot of River Waterfalls



Fishing Locations



Meteor Lake

Found by following the trail to the Meteor Lake Lookout.


 
Blue waters

Any water that is in the middle gradient of blue.



Deep Blue Waters

Any water that is in the darker gradient of blue.



Deep Blue Reefs

Deep Blue waters that come near land.



Calm Rivers

Any slow moving water in a river.



Rapids/fast moving river water

Any fast moving water in a river.



Foot of River Waterfalls

Waterfalls that flow into oceans don't count.



Pond With Lilies

The small pond with a tree inside of it next to the graveyard.



Small Pond with Lilies

In the Royal Ridge region of northwest Hawk Peak island.



Southern Bay of Sid Beach

Southern bay in the Sid Beach area.



Frozen Lakes

Lakes that are near Hawk Peak.



Fishing Related Quests / Achievements



Camping Permit

Near White Beach Trail you will find an illegal camping spot and a cat desperately looking for something, talking to the cat will reveal that he has lost his camping permit and he claims it has been eaten by a fish. By catching a few fish in Meteor lake you can find the permit in one of the fish. Returning his licence rewards you with bait.



The Fish Are Biting Today Achievement

This achievement is obtained by completing the fishing journal and trading all 15 variants of fish with the Pelican Captain. As a reward he will give you the golden fishing rod which attracts rarer fish and is apparently made of gold.


Written by Bambam.


Game:   A Short Hike