Fishing Rod

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Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod.png
Fishing Rod B.png










Per catch: 1–3

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 346 hex: 15A bin: 101011010



Fishing rods are tools whose primary purpose is obtaining fish.



A fishing rod can be crafted from three sticks and two pieces of string in a fishing rod position.

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Stick +

Damaged Fishing Rod

The durability of the two fishing rods is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.


Enchanted fishing rods can be obtained as a "treasure" item from fishing, and unenchanted ones as a "junk" item.


Fishermen villagers sell one enchanted fishing rod for 7–8 emeralds as their second tier trade. The enchantments will be the same as might be obtained from an enchantment table at levels 5–19.

Natural generation[edit]

Enchanted fishing rods[note 1] can be found in 21.7% of big underwater ruins chests and 41.7% of small underwater ruins chests in groups of 1.

  1. All enchantments are equally probable, except treasure enchantments, and any level of the enchantment is equally probable.

Carrot on a Stick[edit]

If a carrot on a stick is totally used so that its durability hits zero, it turns into a fishing rod.

Mob Drops[edit]

The drowned mob has a 2% chance[Java Edition only] or 0.85%[Bedrock Edition only] of spawning with a fishing rod equipped. If killed, they have an 8.5% chance of dropping this fishing rod. That chance increases by 1% for each level of Looting applied to a weapon (up to 11.5% chance). The dropped item is damaged and never enchanted. [upcoming 1.13]



The fishing rod's main use is for fishing. Catching an item costs 1 durability, reeling in while the hook is on the ground costs 2 durability, and reeling in while in water does not reduce durability.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Carrot on a Stick Fishing Rod or
Damaged Fishing Rod +

The fishing rod must not be damaged to craft the carrot on a stick.[until 1.13]

Hooking mobs and other entities[edit]

The fishing rod can be used to hook mobs, items and some entities, and even players. The fishing rod can then be reeled in, which drags them towards the player and dealing no damage. Reeling in a mob or entity will cost 5 points of durability, and reeling in an item will cost 3 points. Reeling a mob will pull them towards the player with the speed of distance between mob and player divided by 10.

Besides mobs and items, entities that can be reeled in include boats, minecarts of any type, armor stands, shulker bullets, ghast fireballs, shot fire charges, primed TNT, and any falling block such as sand, gravel, dragon eggs or anvils.

Some entities can be hooked, but cannot be reeled in: mobs riding/being ridden by other mobs, paintings, item frames, lead knots, end crystals, and shulkers. Attempting to reel in said entities still costs durability to the rod.

The rest of the entities cannot be hooked at all: thrown eggs, snowballs, eyes of ender, ender pearls, potions or bottles o' enchanting, dragon fireballs, wither skulls, firework rockets or arrows in flight, area effect clouds, or xp orbs.

Use on a villager will lower the player's popularity and cause any naturally-spawned iron golem nearby to attack.

Hooking an entity mounted on another entity will break the connection between the rider and its ride.[Bedrock Edition only]


A fishing rod can be used as fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per fishing rod.[Java and Legacy Console editions only]

Other usage[edit]

The hook can also be used to activate wooden pressure plates or weighted pressure plates.


A fishing rod can receive the following enchantments:

  1. a b Only available using enchanted books and an anvil

Data values[edit]

Fishing Hook[edit]

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Fishing Hook
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Internal ID

BE: 77

Network ID

JE: 90

Entity ID

JE fishing_bobber[upcoming 1.13]
BE: fishing_hook

See also: Chunk format

Fishing hooks have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is fishing_hook[Bedrock Edition only] or fishing_bobber[upcoming 1.13]

Before version 1.13, if found by a target selector (i.e. /say @e[r=100]), it is displayed as 'unknown'.

Entity ID[edit]


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Pick up leather from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Fishy Business Catch a fish[upcoming 1.13] Husbandry Use a fishing rod to catch a fish. minecraft:husbandry/fishy_business



v1.1.1 Fishing rods were added. They had no function and were stackable.
v1.2.0 ? Fishing rods were updated to be able to catch fish from any body of water.
1.6 ? Fishing rods are no longer stackable, stacking rods would allow the players to change the damage values of any rods stacked to the first rod. This could be exploited to have fishing rods that lasted forever.
There has been a sprite for the fishing rod without the line in items.png, it was unused.
1.7 The sprite is now used when the bobber has been cast to show that it is no longer on the rod. Before this update, the stick texture was used for this purpose.
Sound Update Fishing rod cast sound was changed.
Official release
1.0.0 ? Added sounds for fishing rods.[citation needed]
1.3.1 12w17a Fishing rods now have infinite durability in creative mode.
1.4.2 12w36a Added carrot on a stick, which can be crafted using a fishing rod and carrot.
12w37a Fishing now gives the player XP with each fish caught.
1.4.6 12w49a Fishing rods can now be enchanted with unbreaking using enchanted books.
1.7.2 13w36a Fishing rods have 2 new enchantments: lure and luck of the sea, and can now also be enchanted in an enchantment table.
Enchanted fishing rods can now be obtained as a "treasure" item from fishing, and unenchanted ones as a "junk" item.
1.8 14w02a Fisherman villagers now sell enchanted fishing rods for 7–8 emeralds.
1.9 15w31a Cast fishing rods now look cast in the hotbar/inventory.
15w32a No longer damage the ender dragon.
15w36a Fishing rods now properly hook entities.
Reeling in while hooked to a non-item entity now costs 5 durability (was 3).
1.10 16w21a Fishing rods now hook items, which costs 3 durability.
1.11 16w33a Fishing rods can now be used to fuel furnaces.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 17w50a Crafting a carrot on a stick no longer requires the fishing rod to be at full durability.[1]
18w02a The bobber of fishing rods now has its own entity ID: fishing_bobber, although summoning the bobber alone is still not possible.
18w09a Enchanted fishing rods will now generate in the chests of underwater ruins.
18w11a Added drowned, which have a chance to spawn drop fishing rods upon death.
18w14a Catching a fish with the fishing rod now grants the Fishy Business advancement.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0 build 1 Added fishing rods.
build 8 If an entity is mounted on another entity, hooking it will now break the connection with it's ride.
build 11 Fishing rods are now functional in third person view.
0.12.1 build 12 Fishing rods now makes a less repetitive sound.
0.15.0 build 1 Fishing rods are now used to craft carrot on a stick.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from fishinghook to fishing_hook.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 build 3 Added drowned, which can spawn with and drop fishing rods.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added fishing rods.


Issues relating to "Fishing Rod" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • The maximum distance you can get between the bobber and yourself is 33 blocks.
  • Skeletons can be pulled into their own arrows.
  • When casting the rod into a portal, the bobber may stick to it like a normal block, go through and travel in the nether, or stop on the next block behind the portal.
  • If you stand directly in front of a column and cast your line onto a block above you, the line will fall downwards.
  • If the bobber hits a painting, the painting will break.
  • If you cast the line into an End Portal, the line and bobber will disappear.
  • The player can get into bed after casting a line, and the line will remain in the water till the player wakes up and reels it in.
  • In Bedrock Edition, the fishing rod's bobber has a 3D model.



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