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Fishing bait is used with the fishing rod. It is used to fish in any fishing spot as long as the spot has the Bait Fishing Spot option.

When a player has level 5 Fishing they can try to fish for sardine. At level 10 Fishing, they can fish for herring. A player can fish for pike at 25 Fishing. At levels 48/58/70, bait can be used to catch Leaping trout/Leaping salmon/Leaping sturgeon, although any type of fishing bait can be used with the Barbarian rod for these fish (bait, feathers, fish offcuts, roe, caviar). At 85 Fishing, fishing bait can be used to catch cavefish. During the Heroes' Quest, the player learns how to fish for lava eel with fishing bait.

Each catch uses up one piece of bait unless the player has claimed the reward from the prawnbroker in their player-owned house which allows them to fish without bait.

Fishing bait is commonly dropped by zombies, men/women, and many other undead monsters. Four sets of fishing bait spawn around a dead troll in southern Taverley, south and slightly west of Turael/Spria.

Fishing bait is also used to feed the second and third growth stages of God birds (Guthix raptor, Saradomin owl, Zamorak hawk) and Ravens, which makes sense, considering that fishing bait is essentially composed of maggots. This is revealed during the quest Let Them Eat Pie, where the player grinds grain with fishing bait to make maggoty flour, and in Recipe for Disaster, where the player uses Spice on 1 piece of bait to create Spicy maggots.

Fishing bait can be used with a pestle and mortar to create ground fishing bait, which is used to feed most pet birds when they are babies.

Store locations

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  • Gerrant's Fishy Business and Lovecraft's Tackle share the same stock.

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Al Kharid warrior181Common
Corpse Spider420Common
Corpse archer1850Common
Corpse mage2180Common
Crawling corpse torso935Common
Dagannoth (Lighthouse)77; 7850Common
Dung kalphiteN/A20Common
Skeletal hand7010Common
Skeleton (Lumbridge Catacombs)1550Common
Warped cockroach110Common
Warped fly730Common
Warped rat1243Common
Zombie11; 12; 22; 29; 72; 74; 75; 77; 78; 79; 82; 84; 851–9Common
Zombie (random event)N/A27–50Common
Zombie hand7510Common
Zombie pirate49; 5010Common
Zombie swab477Common
Afflicted60; 61; 63; 641–30Rare
Sea Snake Young6350Rare
Armoured zombie42; 46; 84; 86; 917Uncommon
Dragith Nurn2680Uncommon
Drunken man51Uncommon
Giant lobster40; 70unknownUncommon
Man1; 2; 41Uncommon
Rock Crab711–10Uncommon
Undead Lumberjack54; 64; 74; 78; 86; 97; 101; 108; 1195Uncommon
Warped bat1650Uncommon
Woman2; 41Uncommon
Zombie (Tarn's Lair)72; 74; 75; 77; 78; 79; 82; 84; 857Uncommon
Giant Sea Snake6350Unknown
River trollN/A1–50Unknown
Rogue Enforcer351Unknown
Sea Snake Hatchling6350Unknown


  • During the quests Recipe for Disaster and Let Them Eat Pie, as well as Issue 25 of the God Letters, fishing bait is revealed to be maggots. This explains why decaying zombies and many other undead creatures drop fishing bait.
  • Fishing bait could be disassembled before an update on 1 February 2016.