Where To Find & How to Catch Catfish in Stardew Valley | Guide 2022


Welcome to our post on the Stardew Valley Catfish!

An uncommon fish found in streams.

Fish Behavior

Size12-73 In.


A catfish is a type of fish that is obtainable through Fishing. It is a brown-colored fish with black fins, red eyes, and whiskers. A catfish can be caught in the size range of 12-73 inches.

Though it’s not a Legendary Fish, catfish have time, seasonal, and weather restrictions and thus can be a little difficult to find and catch.

Where to find a catfish

It can be caught in four different locations: in the river that runs through Pelican Town and Cindersap Forest, in the Secret Woods, in the Witch’s Swamp, and your farm.

In the River

To catch a catfish in the river, it must be during the spring and fall seasons while it’s raining. Further restrictions are that it can only be found between the times of 6 AM and 12 AM. The river runs from the Cindersap Forest (in the bottom left corner of the map) along the south side of Pelican Town toward the ocean.

The only way to catch a catfish outside of these seasons in the river is either through the use of magic bait or using a rain totem during winter.

In the Secret Woods or Witch’s Swamp

To catch a catfish in the Secret Woods or the Witch’s Swamp, it must be during the same times/seasons as for fishing in the river. The only difference is for these locations, you can also find catfish during rainy days in the summer as well.

The entrance to the Secret Woods is in the northwest corner of the Cindersap Forest, though you will need to have a steel axe before you can chop down the large log that’s blocking the path. Meanwhile, the entrance to the Witch’s Swamp is at the northeastern corner of the area next to the Spa. This area becomes available after the “Dark Talisman” quest.

On Your Farm

To catch a catfish on your own farm, you must either have the Riverlands or Hilltop farms. With these specific farms, you can still only catch the catfish during the spring and fall seasons, in rainy weather.

There are more ways to obtain a catfish than just through fishing. You can find them inside garbage cans throughout Pelican Town during spring or fall. They can also be bought at the Traveling Cart for 600-1,000 gold each.

The last way you can obtain catfish is through the mail as a gift from Linus. In this letter, he will say that the Mountain Lake has been kind to him, but catfish can’t be caught in the Mountain Lake.

How to catch a catfish

Since catfish can be difficult to find, it’s a good idea to maximize your chances of successfully reeling them in the first time around. To do this, you should use the Iridium fishing pole, bait, and trap bobbers.

What to do with a catfish

Catfish are used for one bundle in the Community Center: The River Fish bundle in the Fish Tank. The Community Center is located directly north of Pierre’s General Store. Your reward for completing this bundle is 30 bait.

Only one villager loves getting it as a gift (Willy). Meanwhile, Demetrius, Elliot, Leo, Linus, Pam, and Sebastian are all neutral to receiving a catfish as a gift. Everyone else in Stardew Valley either dislikes it or hates it.

There are two quests where a catfish will be needed.

There is a chance of catfish being requested randomly during the spring and fall seasons on the Help Wanted board. This board is located on the front of Pierre’s General Store, next to the calendar. One may be requested for a reward of 600 gold and 150 friendship points. Also, 1-4 can be requested by Willy or Demetrius for a reward of 200 gold per fish but you get to keep the fish after.

Catfish can be sold at a base price of 200g, 250g for the silver quality, and 300g for the gold quality. When consumed, you will receive a boost of 50 energy, and 22 health.


It can be crafted into three basic recipes: Maki Roll, Quality Fertilizer, and Sashimi. Though, all of these recipes can be crafted using any fish in the game; and it is important to note that Sashimi sells for significantly less than the cost of just the actual fish.

Catfish are also used in making the fish shirt with the sewing machine.


When catfish are put into a fish pond they produce only roe, regardless of the population.



SeasonSpring, Fall, Summer
LocationRiver, Secret Woods Pond, Witch’s Swamp
Level RequirementNo Fishing Level Required

Healing Effect

Energy Gain50 Energy
Health Gain22 Health

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