As the old saying goes, “give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a week, give a man some fishing games, he’ll still be pretty hungry, but at least he’ll be entertained”. Ok, so that isn’t the quote, but it is true, and since the dawn of gaming we’ve had countless cod catching simulations to get our hooks into, without any bait necessary.
Our list of the best fishing games on Switch and mobile is the catch of the day when it comes to finding your next trip down to the river. From realistic simulations with a competitive element, to cosy campouts with a warm fire and a few friends, there’s a wealth of different experiences waiting for you to cast out, and potentially chill out, by the water.
If you’d prefer to pick up a five iron rather than a fishing rod, be sure to check out our picks for the best golf games on Switch and mobile. Or, if you prefer your sports a little more high-octane, browse our lists of the best mobile racing games, the best Switch racing games, and the best car games.
With that out the way, take a seat, and cast your rod into the best fishing games on Switch and mobile.
Best fishing games on mobile and Switch
Stardew Valley – Switch and mobile
Ok, so in terms of game progression, Stardew Valley is only a fifth of a fishing game, but that fifth is still much more fun than a lot of full-on fishing titles out there. While the casting mechanic is infamously difficult to adjust to in your first few seasons on the farm, eventually dropping your rod in one of the many lakes or rivers feels like a calm escape from the consistent toil of farming. There’s even a small group of special legendary fish to catch, for when you feel like you’re up for the challenge.
If you need a hand getting used to the bodies of water in Pelican Town, check out our Stardew Valley fish guide for some tips.
Ultimate Fishing Simulator – Switch
One for the realists, Ultimate Fishing Simulator is a perfect game for the angler who can’t get away at the weekend. With realistic rod controls, a collection of picturesque lakes to cast your reel over, and a diverse population of fish species to tick off your list, this is as close as you’re going to get to the real thing without putting your wellies on.
Animal Crossing – Switch
Again, we’re pushing it including Animal Crossing on our list of fishing games, but it’s something you’ll need to do to fully furnish your island’s museum, so we’re counting that. Not only that, but the fishing in Animal Crossing is probably the best version of what a non-fisherperson imagines the activity to consist of, and is a great way to relax in-game while making friends with CJ the fish vendor.
Fishing Clash – mobile
It might not look like it, but fishing is a very competitive sport, and no other game on this list embraces that like Fishing Clash. With online PvP catching competitions, clans to join with your most trusted tackle-pals, and records to break by landing the fattest fish, if you want to prove that you’re the best there is with a rod in your hands, Fishing Clash has you covered. We’ve got you covered too, with our Fishing Clash codes.
Fishing Star World Tour – Switch
Jump into a colourful world full of lakes, rivers, and open seas in Fishing Star World Tour. It might be a little cartoony for the stereotypical angler down in their camping chair, but for anyone with a casual interest in angling, this is the perfect game to learn your craft. With different difficulty levels, joy-con controls, and countless customisation options, there’s a lot of fun to be had.
Stranded Deep – Switch
Stranded Deep takes fishing back to its basics with just a simple wooden rod, and the wide expanse of the ocean to contend with. As you might guess, it’s also a fishing game with survival at its core, and anything you catch will end up in your stomach rather than on your mantelpiece. The longer you can stay alive on the island, the bigger fish you’ll find, and if you can muster the courage, there are sharks in these waters too.
Fishing Food – mobile
What’s better than fishing for fish? Fishing for burgers. You heard me right. Fishing Food is the downright wackiest title on this list, as you play as a hungry kawaii cat out fishing out food from an ocean of pizza slicers, hot dogs, and pink iced doughnuts. The twist is, your dinner can talk back, and together you work to find the secrets hiding at the bottom of the ocean of fast food. There’s no realism here, but there are some laughs to be had.
There you have it, our comprehensive list of the best fishing games on Switch and mobile. If all this talk of lakes, rivers, and open seas has you hankering for an adventure rather than a day fishing, why not check out our list of the best exploration games while you’re here.