Ice fishing

Ice Fishing is a survival skill that is used to catch raw fish. There are four types of fish obtainable in The Long Dark, and can only be fished at fishing huts at certain locations. Caught fish may be cooked through the Cooking skill to create food for the player. Higher levels in the Ice Fishing skill reduce the amount of time required to catch a fish, and additionally reduce the chance of a line break while fishing.

How to fishEdit

Fishing hut outside

Players can only fish at fishing huts throughout the region. Each hut has a hole pre-drilled immediately inside its door to the left. The hole will freeze over and so has to be re-opened each time you return to fish. Clearing the hole takes time and requires an ice breaker. Players can select the frozen hole to bring up a work interface to clear it. A cleared hole will slowly refreeze if left alone regardless of temperature.

To actually fish, players have to "use" an ice hole with a fishing tackle in their inventory after the hole has been cleared, and select the Fish menu option. Players can specify the amount of time to spend fishing, and are notified of the number of calories that will be spent while fishing. After selecting the amount of time, players will fish, with any caught fish interrupting the period of time spent fishing. Players can choose to stop fishing early if desired.

As fish are caught, they will pop up as selected items, displaying their type and weight and pausing the fishing session. Players can take or release the fish, after which they continue fishing. At any point during a fishing session, there is a chance that the line will break, ending the fishing session. Players can choose to stop fishing early if desired.


Players need certain types of equipment before they can start fishing

Fishing tackleEdit

Fishing tackle can be found or is crafted from Hook and Line. Tackle does not degrade from fishing but does have a chance to break. The chance to break is not dependent on the condition of the tackle. Typically, players bring multiple tackle while fishing to prevent fishing from being cut short by broken lines Chance to break does not seems to increase for low condition tackle.

Ice breakerEdit

Ice breakers are any specific tool that can be used to clear ice holes. Bladed tools take more damage than blunt tools; however, hatchets break the ice twice as fast as any other implements. Tools that can be used to clear ice holes are listed below.

Tool Type
Prybar icon Prybar Blunt
Heavy hammer icon Heavy hammer Blunt
Hatchet icon Hatchet Bladed
Hunting knife icon Hunting knife Bladed
Improvised hatchet icon Improvised hatchet Bladed
Improvised knife icon Improvised knife Bladed

Fishing spotsEdit

There are two types of fishing locations in The Long Dark: salt water and fresh water. Each location can catch the following fish:

Region Location Water type Possible fish
Mystery Lake Mystery Lake Fresh water Lake whitefish
Smallmouth bass
Coastal Highway Fishing Camp
Log Sort
Quonset Gas Station
Salt water Rainbow trout
Coho salmon
Pleasant Valley Pensive Pond Fresh water Lake whitefish
Smallmouth bass
Timberwolf Mountain Crystal Lake Fresh water Lake whitefish
Smallmouth bass

Types of fishEdit

Image Name Type Minimum weight Maximum weight Raw caloric density
Raw lake whitefish icon Lake whitefish Fresh water 1.5 kg
(3.3 lbs)
2.3 kg
(5.1 lbs)
250 cal/kg
Raw rainbow trout icon Rainbow trout Salt water 0.5 kg
(1.1 lbs)
2.3 kg
(5.1 lbs)
250 cal/kg
Raw coho salmon icon Coho salmon Salt water 2.8 kg
(6.2 lbs)
5.5 kg
(12.0 lbs)
300 cal/kg
Raw smallmouth bass icon Smallmouth bass Fresh water 1.8 kg
(2.6 lbs)
5.0 kg
(11.0 lbs)
300 cal/kg

Skill levelsEdit

Players can increase their ice fishing skill by catching any fish.

A limited increase can be obtained from the research book The Frozen Angler, which allows players to increase their ice fishing by 10 skill points with 5 hours of research.

Once players have reached a new skill level, they unlock the effects described in the table below.

Level Skill points Effects
1 0
2 10
  • Fishing time reduced by 5%
  • 8% chance of line break on catch
3 50
  • Fishing time reduced by 10%
  • 5% chance of line break on catch
4 150
  • 10% to average fish weight
  • Fishing time reduced by 20%
  • 3% chance of line break on catch
5 250
  • 25% to average fish weight
  • Fishing time reduced by 30%
  • 1% chance of line break on catch


  • All fishing huts are equipped with a pot bellied stove. It can be beneficial to bring fire supplies out onto the ice to help stay warm while waiting for a nibble. The stoves are useful for immediately cooking caught fish, if desired.
  • Each fishing session is treated individually, so longer sessions will typically catch more fish than two or more shorter sessions.
Survival skills
Hunting ArcheryRifle Firearm
Gathering Carcass HarvestingIce Fishing
Crafting CookingFire StartingMending
Other CleaningRepairSharpening