The 10 Best Fishing Games

10 Best Fishing Games

I never really got fishing. It always struck me as odd that someone would voluntarily spend their weekends sat by a river in all kinds of weather waiting for a 'bite.' I mean, there are so many other things that you could spend your time doing, and a vast majority of them wouldn't involve you having to leave your house. And then I had a child and I now totally understand the attraction of the sport.

They say it's never too late to take up a new hobby but having looked at the price of fishing it can be kind of a daunting prospect but fear not, gentle reader, the wonderful world of gaming has you covered and for a fraction of the cost. What follows in this guide are the ten best fishing games that money can buy, and though some are old, some are new, and some might seem weird, you're guaranteed to have a great time sitting in front of your TV with a few cold beers.

The 10 Best Fishing Games

Fishing Sim World

Fishing Sim World

Available On: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Fishing Sim World is a proper, hardcore fishing simulator, if there can be such a thing as a hardcore fishing simulator, and might not be for anyone who might be new to the genre. There are a host of gilled creatures for you to bother and it also has a Pro Tour mode as well as an Angler of the Month competition where you compete against other players across four series in a league. So yeah, it might be a bit of push to expect any newbie to jump straight into this and take the world by storm, but there are ways to upgrade your avatar if you're willing to put the work in.

Fishing Planet

Fishing Planet

Available On: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Another simulator, Fishing Planet has a lot in common with Fishing Sim World, based as it is on the real physics and other aspects that come with sitting by a pond with a rod in your hand. The most significant difference between the two, however, is that Fishing Planet is free-to-play even if it does come with the ability to pay-to-win or at least improve your skills. It also claims that it can help you become a better angler in real life but as I've never been anywhere near water, hence that smell you are currently experiencing emanating from your laptop, then I really couldn't tell you if it does.

Ice Lakes

Ice Lakes

Available On: PC

If you're looking for a more rugged and manly/womanly way to catch fish, then may I suggest Ice Lakes. Available on PC this game takes you to the frozen tundra, hands you a big bloody drill, and tells you to get to it. It has a sandbox feel as well as it allows you to pretty much fish where you please, as long as you're actually on a lake an all, and it's a much safer way to experience ice fishing without the threat of losing your nose to frostbite. Unless you haven't paid your heating bill and then that's on you.

Catch & Release

Catch & Release

Available On: PC

I've spoken about Catch & Release elsewhere on this site, in a guide to the best VR games for PC and I stand by everything I said. It doesn't matter if you don't want to fish and just fancy sitting with your VR unit strapped to your face, chugging a few brewski's and stare at the beautiful scenery that is all around you. It's a great little game and well worth having in any collection. 

Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive

Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive

Available On: PC

If you're bored of sitting by a lake or rowing across a pond then maybe a spot of spear-fishing is just what the doctor ordered. In Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive, you can swim around, exploring some pretty awesome underwater scenery, and shoot anything that passes by with a spear-gun. It's pretty cheap as well and also has DLC that allows you to explore the mysteries of the deep. 

Fishing: Barents Sea

Fishing: Barents Sea

Available On: PC

If you've ever watched Deadliest Catch and wanted to try your hand at it but reasoned that the whole, cold, death, drowning thing wasn't your bag, then your prays have been answered with Fishing: Barents Sea. You start out small with a tiny boat but can work your way through the ranks until you own a trawler. Just remember that in this world, fish means money, so you better be on your game. 

Ultimate Fishing Simulator

Ultimate Fishing Simulator

Available On: PC

Ultimate Fishing Simulator isn't like the other realistic games in this guide as it promises that you won't be sat on your arse until it goes numb before the fish start to bite. It claims that they bite like crazy and it's fair to say that they're not exaggerating with that claim. You won't be waiting long before your bait or lure disappears, and you're fighting like Hemmingway with the big blue Marlin, the real trick to this one isn't getting the fish on the line but bringing it in.  

Professional Fishing

Available On: PC

More fishing goodness over on the PC, which leads me to wonder what the Master Race get up to in their spare time if they have to spend a vast majority of it relaxing by a lake, Professional Fishing is a lot like every other entry in this guide. You catch fish, that's pretty much it. It does allow you to start your own fishing club though, so that's something different.

Monsters of the Deep

Monsters of the Deep

Available On: PS4

Okay, enough with the simulators already. Monsters Of The Deep is a VR add on for the already fantastic Final Fantasy XV. In-game you join the four protagonists and take part in a fishing tournament where the idea is to catch the titular Monster Of The Deep. When you do get hold of this big bugger it will attack you and try to kill you and if it does it's game over man, game over. But beat it and you win. Simple? No, not at all.

Cat Goes Fishing

Cat Goes Fishing

Available On: PC

Cats love fish, it's just a fact of life, so it's no surprise that the good people at Cat5Games decided that the best way for one of our feline friends to catch all the fishies that they need is by giving them a rod. Cat Goes Fishing is a beautiful little game and is as addictive as it is charming. Work your way to master-fisher cat and enjoy all the delights that this PC offering has in store for you.

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