This is the second part of the integral Skyrim fishing guide, swims-in-deep-water fishing challenges and radiant bounties. I strongly advise doing the Viriya questline, detailed in the first part of the guide. The map below is extremely useful for finding good places to fish.
Swims-In-Deep-Water Fishing Challenges
Swims-In-Deep-Water is a master fisherman and he challenges the player to catch a series of fish. There are 4 main factors to consider when looking for a specific fish, which are where it can be caught: what rod to use, its rarity and the weather in which it can be caught. All fish are also found swimming somewhere in the game, so there is no need to use a rod. Therefore, get the fish using the preferred method. It is recommended to take the fishing mastery books that appear in the Riften Fishing after each of the Swims-In-Deep-Water quests.
The Karth River in good weather is the best place to catch carp. Since they are large, use a regular fishing rod for the best chance of catching one. Also, they are rarely caught, so wait until dawn or dusk to increase the likelihood of catching one.
Ponds and lakes in good weather are the most suitable place to catch them. They are small, so use the Alik’ri Fishing Rod if you have already earned it from Viriya.
These are caught in ponds and lakes in good weather. They are easy to spot in the water if you just want to reach out and grab one. If using a rod, use the Alik’ri Fishing Rod as it increases the chance of catching a small fish. Since it’s rarely caught, wait until dawn or dusk to increase the odds.
Rivers in good weather are the best places to catch pogfish, but they can be caught in wet weather. They are big, so use the regular fishing rod. Using another rod will reduce the likelihood of catching a large fish.
Swims-In-Deep-Water has lost its hat and needs you to fish it out from Lake Geir. Use the Dwarven Fishing Rod if it has already been earned in Viriya’s questline. This rod increases the chance of snagging on objects, which saves time catching the hat.
The following 4 fish are caught in rainy weather. As rain is not common, a good strategy is to wait until it starts raining at Lake Ilinaltathen fish at each spot around the lake in hopes of catching as many rainy fish as possible during that single storm.
Catfish are usually caught in lakes. They are big, so use the regular fishing rod. Other rods will reduce the chances of catching a big fish. Plus, many of them are free-swimming so anglers can just grab them.
Fishing Mastery v2 says these are caught in lakes and streams, but players are also catching them on the northwest coast. Use the Alik’ri Fishing Rod during the rain for the best chance of catching a Pearlfish. They are rare, so it is advisable to wait until dawn or dusk.
Many players struggle with this one, so it’s covered twice in the video guide. They are caught during “Caught in the Rain” and in “Further Study”. If you’re using a rod, the best conditions for catching one are at a lake on a rainy day with the Alik’ri Fishing Rod. If you try to catch one in the hot springs of East market, then walk slowly through each pool when it rains. If you don’t see one, there probably isn’t one in that pool, so move on to another. The pool west of Broken Limb Camp often has them.
These are caught in rivers during rain. They are small, so if you use a rod, use the Alik’ri Fishing Rod. Also, they are rare, so wait until dawn or dusk. If they don’t use a cane, they can swim under the waterfalls along the northern half of the Karth River.
This starts icy water fish, which are not dependent on weather conditions. As long as you look in the frigid waters, arctic fish are easily caught. There are plenty of frozen fishing grounds along the northern shores of Skyrim and Solstheim. Angler larvae are small, so use the Alik’ri Rod for the best chance.
These are large, so use the Argonian Rewards Fishing rod that swims in deep water for completing “Caught in the Rain”. This rod increases the chances of catching big fish. They are rare, so for the best chance wait until dawn or dusk.
It is the most common arctic fish and can be found swimming in most cold waters. If you’re using a cane, use the Argonian Cane on any frozen fishing spot and you should bite down quickly.
These are rare, so wait until dawn or dusk if using a rod. They’re big, so use the Argonian Fishing Rod. If they are not using the cane, they can be found swimming in the Yorgrim River.
The following 4 fish are caught underground. The map shown earlier uses pink x’s to mark all points underground. These fish are not dependent on weather conditions, so they are simple to catch.
Direfish are big, so use the Argonian Rod for the best chance. They can be found swimming in many caves.
These are large, so use the Argonian Rod when fishing them underground. The only known place where you can swim is Blackreachwhich is shown in the video.
This fish can easily be found stagnant in groundwater. If you’re using a rod, use the Argonian Fishing Rod to increase the chance of catching a big fish. It is advisable to wait until dawn or dusk as they are rare.
Use the Argonian Fishing Rod if you use a rod to catch a Vampire Fish. Also, they are rare, so waiting until dawn or dusk will increase the chances of catching one. The only place I found swimming is inside Dead Drop Falls in Fort Dawnguard.
The last 4 fish are the rarest of all. One strategy to consider is to save on a fishing spot at dawn or dusk, then fish dry, and if the desired fish isn’t caught, reload the save and try again. They will hit 4 times before they can bring them back and the margin of success is very slim. After the 4th shot, watch the rod carefully and the second it moves, reel in the line.
Angelfish are caught in lakes in all weathers. The Alik’ri Fishing Rod is required to hook one. If they don’t use a cane, they can be found swimming in the ancestor glade.
These are caught in freezing waters and only with the Argonian Fishing Rod. They do not depend on the weather. The only place you can still swim uncovered is at the bottom of Pilgrim’s Trench, which is shown in the video.
Caught in rivers and you have to use the Alik’ri fishing rod. If one wants to catch one without using the rod, they can be found swimming in Evergreen Grove Pond.
These are taken underground. The Argonian Fishing Rod is required to catch one. If one refuses to use a cane, the only place they have been found swimming is the first pool in Darkfall Cave. This is the last of the Swims-In-Deep-Water fishing challenges.
Swims-In-Deep-Water Radiant Fishing Bounties
If Swims-In-Deep-Water is asked about the job, it will give the player one of 3 radiant fishing bounties. For those unfamiliar with the radiant classification in BGS games, it means repeatable and not sequential. The Video Guide contains 1 example of each type of Radiant Fishing Bounty offered by Swims-In-Deep-Water.
In these, the objective is to roll up objects to clear a certain stream. Use the Dwarf Fishing Rod to increase the chance of snagging items, saving you time. Once the waterway in question is clean, report to whoever ordered the bounty to complete the quest.
An NPC needs a supply of a certain type of fish for their store. Use the information about each fish in this guide to figure out where to look. Once all the necessary fish are gathered, hand them over to the NPC who asked them to complete the quest.
A specialist needs a certain fish to study. Examine this guide for the fish you need to determine where they can be found. Once the necessary fish is obtained, give it to the NPC who needs it to complete the quest.
This concludes the second part of the integral Skyrim Fishing Guide, Swims-In-Deep-Water Fishing Challenges, and Radiant Fishing Bounties.