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
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 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 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.
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 |
|Coastal Highway||Fishing Camp |
Quonset Gas Station
|Salt water||Rainbow trout |
|Pleasant Valley||Pensive Pond||Fresh water||Lake whitefish |
|Timberwolf Mountain||Crystal Lake||Fresh water||Lake whitefish |
Types of fishEdit
|Image||Name||Type||Minimum weight||Maximum weight||Raw caloric density|
|Lake whitefish||Fresh water||1.5 kg |
|2.3 kg |
|Rainbow trout||Salt water||0.5 kg |
|2.3 kg |
|Coho salmon||Salt water||2.8 kg |
|5.5 kg |
|Smallmouth bass||Fresh water||1.8 kg |
|5.0 kg |
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.
- 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.
|Hunting||Archery • Rifle Firearm|
|Gathering||Carcass Harvesting • Ice Fishing|
|Crafting||Cooking • Fire Starting • Mending|
|Other||Cleaning • Repair • Sharpening|