The fishing skill was released on 11 June 2001, along with Karamja and the Pirate's Treasure quest. It was part of a large update that complemented the cooking skill. This update added many of the fish that are currently found in free-to-play, including shrimp, salmon, and lobster. In addition to the fishing spots on Karamja, spots in Draynor Village and Port Sarim were added.

When Dungeoneering was introduced, it released ten more different kinds of fish, though they are only caught in Daemonheim.

Icon Name Level XP Caught with
Raw crayfish
Raw crayfish 1 10

Crayfish cage

Raw shrimps
Raw shrimps 1 10 Small net
Raw sardine
Raw sardine 5 20 Fishing rod / Bait
Raw Herring
Raw herring 10 30 Fishing rod / Bait
Raw Anchovies
Raw anchovies 15 40 Small net
Raw trout
Raw trout 20 50 Fly fishing rod / Feathers
Raw pike
Raw pike 25 60 Fishing rod / Bait
Raw salmon
Raw salmon 30 70 Fly fishing rod / Feathers
Raw tuna
Raw tuna 35 80 Harpoon
Raw lobster
Raw lobster 40 90 Lobster pot
Raw swordfish
Raw swordfish 50 100 Harpoon

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