If you're new to the Garreg Mach monastery and you're stuck for things to do, fishing is a great way to get to know your students and to also take in the tranquil scenery while you've got the chance. Fishing is super useful for leveling up your professor level, which will help you net some bonuses month-to-month on top of giving you more face time with your chosen squad. Check out our Fire Emblem Three Houses fishing guide for some tips and tricks so you can make the most of your time at the pond.

Fire Emblem Three Houses Fishing Guide -- Tips and Tricks

Before you get too far ahead of yourself, initiating fishing involves speaking to the Fishkeeper standing by the pond. This is just to the right of the Greenhouse at the monastery if it's your first time partaking in the blessed activity of Fishing. You should also make sure that you have some bait on hand, but this is fairly easy to find must running around the grounds. You can also buy it from various merchants, so stock up on bait to get the most chances at fishing. It's not rocket science. 

A fish's rarity is often indicated by the size of its shadow. One piece of bait will give you three chances to catch a fish -- this means that it might be more advantageous to not take the first herring that bites. If you wait it out for a fish with a bigger shadow or a fish that's shiny, you're going to net a bigger catch that will be worth more if you want to pawn it off, or useful in a higher-quality recipe in Cooking Together. Keep your eyes peeled for big fish and shiny fish because these little dudes will not only be more valuable, they'll also give you a bigger boost to your professor level. 

Another good tip is to take part in Fishing Events whenever you can, whether these be sidequests from your students or the Fishing Tournament. You'll get special bait for this, and you'll be able to fish to your heart's content to compete with your squad as to who can get the biggest or rarest fish. Beating each personal best set by a student will get you some kind of reward as well as a support relationship bonus, so it's in your interest to farm the hell out of this event as soon as it's available to you. We have a guide to the various types of Fire Emblem Three Houses fishing bait and fish that can be caught if you're wanting a bit of a crash course. 

Fire Emblem Three Houses Fishing Guide -- Rare Fish Occurrences

If you're someone who wants to catch some rare fish because of the bonuses that they net you above, you'll want to know when they have a higher chance to visit the monastery pond. Check out our Fire Emblem Three Houses fishing list which covers off when during the year you'll be able to find the rainbow fish and his ilk with ease. 

Blue Sea Moon (Month 7, Day 6) -- increased chance of big fish

Ethereal Moon (Month 12, Day 7) -- increased bait efficiency

Garland Moon (Month 6, Day 8) -- increased chance of gold fish

Garland Moon (Month 6, Day 22) -- cloudy with a chance of rainbow fish

Guardian Moon (Month 1, Day 4) -- increased chance of gold fish

Guardian Moon (Month 1, Day 18) -- cloudy with a chance of rainbow fish

Harpstring Moon (Month 5, Day 11) -- increased chances of big fish

Pegasus Moon (Month 2, Day 15) -- increased chance of big fish

Red Wolf Moon (Month 11, Day 9) -- increased chance of big fish

Red Wolf Moon (Month 11, Day 16) -- increased chance of rainbow fish

Verdant Rain Moon (Month 8, Day 10) -- increased bait efficiency

Verdant Rain Moon (Month 8, Day 24) -- cloudy with a chance of rainbow fish

Wyvern Moon (Month 10, Day 19) -- increased chance of gold fish

Now that you've got your hot little hands on our Fire Emblem Three Houses fishing guide to make the most of your time at the pond, go forth and net some rare catches! The game doesn't do the best job at explaining some of the mechanics behind fishing outside of how to catch one for the first time, so don't forget to make sure that you're saving your bait for the highest-quality fish that you can get. Need to know what recipes you can make with these rare fish? Our Fire Emblem Three Houses Cooking Together recipe guide will help you out.