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Fishing pools, or Schools of Fish, are location objects found in different bodies of water in WoW that have a significance to the fishing profession. Typically, a higher portion of more desirable items can be fished within a fishing pool. Fishing pool is a more general term; School of Fish is a fishing pool that contains (primarily) fish. School of Fish can also mean a kind of critter object in WoW that is not directly fishable (but appears only in fishable waters), and so fishing pool is more specific as regards the fishing profession; School of Fish critter objects are not fishing pools.


Fishing pools are shallow cylindrical regions within fishable water. They designate small regions within fishable water that give better kinds of catches than the surrounding water. Some fish can only be obtained from Fishing pools.

In order to fish a Fishing pool, your bobber must be within the circular area on the surface of the water that defines the boundaries of the fishing pool. Only the top surface has significance for fishing.

To do this, face the pool, pole in hand. Cast, then if you want to only fish the pool, recast each time you miss. An AddOn such as Fishing Buddy can make this easier to do.

If your bobber lands close to the boundary of the pool, it may be unclear if it is within the pool or not. You can often tell from what you catch, but if you are in a hurry you may not want to wait.

Some of the uncertainty is from the 3-D nature of the pool. Depending on the type of pool, it may be partly outlined by fish critters swimming within the pool boundaries. These will be under the surface of the pool and from your point of view will appear to be offset toward you on the surface. Also, some of the defining graphics fade in and out, simulating the effects of light on water.

Another visual challenge is that the barrels and crates in a Floating Wreckage pool can somewhat obscure your bobber. Also they are slightly bobbing, and can make your bobber seem to be bobbing prematurely relative to themselves.

The fishing skill level required to fish a fishing pool is the same as the surrounding water. If the pool spawns on a boundary between fishing zones (there are some that do), the skill level required may be different within the fishing pool depending on where your bobber lands.

Fishing pools are not permanent, but appear and remain until fished out (like mineral nodes are mined out) then respawn at a different location. The respawn rules vary, some types have a delay, some do not.


Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor schoolsEdit

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Bloodsail Wreckage Inv box 02 [Mithril Bound Trunk] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
School of Deviate Fish Inv misc monsterhead 01 [Deviate Fish] Inland The Barrens
Floating Wreckage Inv box 02 [Mithril Bound Trunk] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Floating Debris Inv box 01 [Tightly Sealed Trunk] Coastal & Inland The Barrens
Loch Modan
Silverpine Forest
Abundant Firefin Snapper Pool
Firefin Snapper Pool
Sparse Firefin Snapper Pool
Teeming Firefin Snapper Pool
Inv misc monsterhead 01 [Firefin Snapper] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Hillsbrad Foothills
Arathi Highlands
Dustwallow Marsh
Oil Spill Inv misc monsterhead 01 [Firefin Snapper] Inland Stonetalon Mountains
Abundant Oily Blackmouth School
Lesser Oily Blackmouth School
Oily Blackmouth School
Sparse Oily Blackmouth School
Teeming Oily Blackmouth School
Inv misc monsterhead 04 [Oily Blackmouth] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Hillsbrad Foothills
Arathi Highlands
Dustwallow Marsh
Patch of Elemental Water Inv potion 03 [Elemental Water]
Spell nature acid 01 [Essence of Water]
Inv misc orb 01 [Globe of Water]
Coastal Azshara
School of Greater Sagefish Inv misc fish 21 [Raw Greater Sagefish] Inland Stranglethorn Vale
Alterac Mountains
School of Sagefish
School of Lesser Sagefish
Inv misc fish 20 [Raw Sagefish] Inland Loch Modan
Silverpine Forest
Stonetalon Mountains
Hillsbrad Foothills
Schooner Wreckage Pool Inv box 01 [Watertight Trunk] Coastal & Inlands Ashenvale
Hillsbrad Foothills
Stonetalon Mountains
Stonetalon Eel Swarm Inv misc fish 11 [Stonescale Eel] Coastal Azshara
Stranglethorn Vale
Speckled Tastyfish Pool Inv misc fish 21 [Speckled Tastyfish] Coastal Stranglethorn Vale
Waterlogged Wreckage Pool Inv box 01 [Iron Bound Trunk] Coastal & Inland Alterac Mountains
Arathi Highlands
Dustwallow Marsh
Stranglethorn Vale
Muddy Churning Waters Inv misc fish 05 [Zulian Mudskunk] n/a Zul'Gurub

Only during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza

Outland SchoolsEdit

Name Main Catch Zones Located
Bluefish School Inv misc fish 23 [Icefin Bluefish] Nagrand
Brackish Mixed School Inv misc fish 36 [Golden Darter]
Inv misc fish 39 [Spotted Feltail]
Terokkar Forest
Highland Mixed School Inv misc fish 36 [Golden Darter]
Inv misc fish 14 [Furious Crawdad]
Terokkar Forest
Mudfish School Inv misc fish 41 [Figluster's Mudfish] Nagrand
Pure Water Inv elemental mote water01 [Mote of Water] Nagrand
Steam Pump Flotsam Inv crate 01 [Heavy Supply Crate]
Inv gizmo 03 [Steam Pump Debris]
Zangarian Sporefish School Inv misc fish 34 [Zangarian Sporefish] Zangarmarsh

Northrend SchoolsEdit

Name Main Catch Coastal or Inland Zones Located
Borean Man O'War School Inv misc fish 49 [Borean Man O' War] Coastal Borean Tundra
Deep Sea Monsterbelly School Inv misc fish 60 [Deep Sea Monsterbelly] Off Coast The Frozen Sea
Borean Tundra
Dragonfin Angelfish School Inv misc fish 54 [Dragonfin Angelfish] Inland Dragonblight
Fangtooth Herring School Inv misc fish 67 [Fangtooth Herring] Inland Howling Fjord
Glacial Salmon School Inv misc fish 51 [Glacial Salmon] Inland Grizzly Hills
Glassfin Minnow School Inv misc fish 69 [Glassfin Minnow] Inland Crystalsong Forest
Imperial Manta Ray School Inv misc fish 59 [Imperial Manta Ray] Coastal Borean Tundra
Grizzly Hills
Moonglow Cuttlefish School Inv misc fish 70 [Moonglow Cuttlefish] Off Coast The Frozen Sea
Musselback Sculpin School Inv misc fish 62 [Musselback Sculpin] Inland Borean Tundra
Nettlefish School Inv misc fish 72 [Nettlefish] Inland Sholazar Basin

Special PoolsEdit

There are some pools that, while visible at the water surface, are not used as a fishing resource. These may be used as quest objectives or to summon a boss. These have a slightly different appearance than normal fishing schools. A normal Fishing school will look like a circular outlined darker patch of water. A quest objective pool will look like a speckled surface area.


The Following Achievements Require Fishing from Pools:

Additionally some element of pool fishing is needed to complete these Achievements:

Patch changes Edit

  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-16): "Certain fishing nodes for one of the fishing daily quests should no longer be spawned on land. [1]"

References Edit

  1. ^ Blizz Bornakk 2009-04-16. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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