If you're looking for a pretty easy way to get some food early on then you're going to want to get yourself a fishing rod! These are quite useful for getting a sustainable food source, as well as sometimes getting lucky and catching some interesting items from water. We'll be taking a look at how to make a fishing rod in Minecraft survival 1.14, 1.15, and 1.16 in this step-by-step guide.
Fishing rods can be made in all versions of the game, whether it's PE, PS4, PC, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, or anything else.
How do you make a fishing rod?
Time needed: 15 minutes.
To get a fishing rod in Minecraft, we will just need to follow the recipe, which is three sticks and two pieces of string! Sticks aren't hard to come by, but string can sometimes be a bit elusive.
- Gather Logs
If you've already gotten yourself an Axe, then you can chop down some trees and skip some of these steps. However, if you're just starting out, then it's time to punch! Find just about any tree that is nearby and gather some logs from it by punching or chopping.
- Make Wood Planks
Open up your inventory and place the wood logs into the crafting area. Each log will create four planks, and we'll need seven in total if you don't have a Crafting Table already.
- Make a Crafting Table
Take four of your planks and fill up the crafting space in your inventory. This will give us a Crafting Table!
- Make Sticks
Now we're going to two sticks. Place two wood planks into your Crafting Table or crafting area in your inventory. Stack the planks on top of each other to get four sticks!
- Obtain String
String can be fairly easy to find, but you will usually have to engage in a bit of combat to get it! I've detailed some of the ways to obtain it below.
- Find Cobwebs in Mines
If you are near a deserted Mine, then it's possible to find a whole bunch in there. Mines will usually have quite a bit of cobwebs in them, and these can be harvested by hitting them with a sword! If you have a badlands/savanna biome nearby, then you can pretty much always find at least one mine in the area! You will want to be careful though, cave spiders have spawners in caves, so be on the lookout for those!
- Slay Spiders for String
The most traditional way you're going to find string is by smacking some spiders around and having them drop it as loot. Wait for night time and look around for them. Their bright red eyes are usually pretty noticeable. Make sure you have a sword with you, and wack them a few times with it and hope for some string!
- Create the Fishing Rod
We should now have all the necessary ingredient, so let's put them together in our Crafting Table. Place the three sticks at a diagonal in the 3x3 grid. Then place two pieces of string on the very right in the two empty boxes to make the fishing rod!
To catch some fish, just equip your brand new fishing rod and cast out the line into any body of water. Wait for the bobber to go underwater and then reel it in with the same button you cast out with!
Can you fish in lava in Minecraft?
Nope, unlike Terraria, you can't fish in lava in Minecraft. If you cast your into lava, your lure will just sink to the bottom. It won't burn the lure, and your fishing rod won't combust!
Is fishing better in the rain in Minecraft?
Yes, believe it or not, it is better to fish in the rain in Minecraft! The wait time on catching a fish is reduced by 20% on average. So, that's a pretty nice time saver if you're really looking to catch a lot of fish.
How do you bait a fishing pole?
Unfortunately, there is no bait in Minecraft at the moment. The only way to really improve your fishing ability is by adding the Luck of the Sea enchantment to your rod. This will give you a better chance of catching items in the Treasure table. These are things like bows, enchanted books, fishing rods, name tags, nautilus shells, and saddles!