Unveiling The Secrets Of Stardew Valley Catfish: Catch Them Like A Pro

Catfish in Stardew Valley are freshwater fish that can be caught in the rivers, Secret Woods, and Witch’s Swamp. They can also be bought from travelling carts. They are found almost in every season but in different places.

Stardew Valley Catfish makes an excellent fertilizer to grow crops. They can also be used in different recipes. Most importantly, they are essential in completing the Fish River Bundle quest in the community centre.

In this blog, we will inform you about all the details you need for Catfish in the Stardew Valley game.

Tracking Down Catfish in Stardew Valley

There are many ways to find a catfish in Stardew Valley. Many full-time gamers also don’t know all the possible ways.

You will find Catfish naturally in the Pelican Tower or the Cindersap Forests.You will also find Catfish in the Secret Woods and Witch’s Swamp in the spring, summer, and the season of fall.

Other than these, you can also catch catfish in Stardew Valley, the Riverlands Farm, Forest Farm, and the Hilltop Farm in the spring and fall seasons when it’s raining. 

Generally, you won’t be able to find catfish in winter. But you can get them using Rain Totem and Magic Bait.

 In addition, you can find catfish in the garbage cans during rain and fall. You can also buy them from the travelling carts in any season using 600 to 1000 gold coins. 

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How to Catch Catfish in Stardew Valley?

Catfish are freshwater fish. So, no point finding them in the ocean. On top of that Stardew Valley catfish are quite hard to catch with a difficulty rating of 75. So, we would recommend that you first gain experience by catching the easier fish before going for a catfish.

You can catch the catfish in Stardew Valley at any time between 6 a.m. to midnight. But the problem is you can only get them in the Pelican Tower and Cindersap Forest rivers in spring and fall when it rains. Having said that there are a couple of other places where you can catch catfish in any season.

Secret Woods

To catch catfish in Stardew Valley in the secret woods you will have to unlock the location first. In the northwest of the Cindersap Forest, chop some logs to unlock the Secret Woods. Here you can find catfish throughout the year.

Witch’s Swamp

You will find catfish all year round in Witch’s Swamp also. If you complete the Dark Talisman quest you will get access to the Witch’s Swamp.

Advantages of getting Catfish in Stardew

 Here’s a list of benefits of Catfish in Stardew Valley


Villagers Who Love Catfish


Villagers Who are Neutral About Catfish

Elliot, Linus, Leo, Demetris, Sebastian, Pam

Villagers Who Dislike Catfish

Wizard, Maru, Penny, Robin, Sandy, Sam, Shane, Dwarf, Emily, Clint, Caroline, Gus, Harvey, Jas, Jodi, Crobus, Leah, Marnie, Lewis, Vincent, Abigail

Villagers Who Hate Catfish

Pierre, Evelyn, Haley


Catfish is used to complete the River fish bundles in the fish tank.


Catfish can be used to stitch fish shirts that are dyeable with the help of the spool of the sewing machine.

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NameWhat is the recipeIngredientsSourcesEnergy/HealthSell Price
Quality FertilizerHelps in growing quality crops. Mixed-in tilled soilSap (2)Any Fish (1)Farming Level 9Not Applicable10 Gold coins
Maki RollFish and rice wrapped in SeaweedAny Fish (1)Rice (1)Seaweed (1)The Queen of Sauce (21 Summer, Year 1)Stardrop Saloon (300 gold coins)100 Energy45 Health220 Gold Coins
SashimiRaw Fish sliced into fine layersAny Fish (1)Linus the Villager (3+ love)75 Energy 33 Health75 Gold Coins

Fish Pond

If you keep the Catfish in the Fish Pond, it will reproduce every 4 days. If you complete three quests you can increase the capacity of the fish pond from 3 to 10.


One catfish can be randomly demanded in the Spring or fall in exchange of 600 gold coins and 150 friendship points.

Demetrius or Willy the villagers can randomly ask for 1 to 4 catfish in the spring or fall for 200 gold coins per fish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques1- How rare are Catfish in Stardew Valley?

Catfish in Stardew Valley is pretty rare, found in freshwater only during spring summer, and fall between 6 A.M to 12 A.M. But you can buy them in any season from the travelling carts or can find them in the Secret Woods and the Witch’s Swamp.  

Ques2- Why are Catfish so hard to catch Stardew?

Catfish have a difficulty rating of 75 as they can be only found in the spring, summer, or fall majorly in the Cindersap Forests and Pelican Tower. The hardest part of catching a catfish in Stardew Valley is finding them out.

Ques3- What are the hardest fishes to catch Stardew?

Glacier fish, Angler, Legend, Octopus, Crimson fish, and Mutant Carp are some of the hardest fish to catch in Stardew Valley.

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