Many players don’t know that Fishing can be an excellent way to make money in Vanilla World of Warcraft. In fact, fishing might be the best way to make money at low levels. You can start making crazy amounts of gold as low as level 20. Here are a few ways that fishing can make you a ton of gold in WoW Classic:
1. Farming Stonescale Eels
Stonescale Eels are the cream of the crop, so we’ll start with that first. Stonescale Eels are used for end-game flasks crafted by alchemists and as such have a constant, high demand on the auction house. Depending on your server economy, Stonescale Eels can sell for upwards of 1g per eel. In order to catch Stonescale Eel, you’ll need at least 205 fishing skill, which can be achieved as low as level 20.
Go to Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris and fish the shoreline/dock in this area. Don’t free fish! You want to fish directly from pools. Run up and down the coast and check for any Stonescale Eel pools. If you see one, immediately fish it out. If you don’t see any, fish the nearest Oily Blackmouth pool and then repeat. Once you’ve gathered a bunch of Stonescale Eels, list them on the auction house to reap the rewards.
Following this strategy, it’s easily possible to farm enough gold for your level 40 mount in just one day.
2. Farming Oily Blackmouth
Farming Stonescale Eel is by far the most lucrative way to earn money fishing. However, it’s also the most competitive. Oily Blackmouth can be a reliable alternative to make considerable gold for lower level characters. Oily Blackmouth can be most reliably caught off the coast of Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris (minimum skill: 130; recommended skill: 225), but a good alternate location is the western coast of The Wetlands (minimum skill: 1; recommended skill: 75).
3. Farming Deviate Fish
Deviate Fish can be a fun alternative way to make some gold from fishing and can be fished as low as fishing skill 1. Deviate Fish can only be fished from the Wailing Caverns in The Barrens. Due to their location, it’s a lot easier for Horde to farm them than Alliance, but will demand a higher price on the Alliance auction house for the same reason. Deviate Fish can be cooked into Savory Deviate Delight, which provides fun buffs (like turning you into a skeleton or a pirate). The uncooked Deviate Fish can sell for over 25 silver a piece on the auction house.