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Catching and Utilizing Tilapia in Stardew Valley: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you a Stardew Valley enthusiast trying to master the art of fishing? Look no further than Tilapia, an elusive and versatile fish found in the game’s ocean waters during the summer and fall.

In this guide, we’ll delve into the details of catching Tilapia, optimal fishing strategies, its uses in gifting and quests, and even its potential in artisan goods production. Get ready to level up your fishing skills and maximize the value of Tilapia!

Catching Tilapia in Stardew Valley

Tilapia is known for its unpredictable behavior and slightly challenging catch rate. Here’s what you need to know to increase your chances of reeling in this vegetarian fish:

Stardew Valley - fishing for tilapia
  1. Location: Head to the ocean in Pelican Town or explore the shores of Ginger Island to find Tilapia.
  2. Time and Season: Tilapia can be caught between 6 AM and 2 PM during Summer and Fall in any weather.
  3. Fishing Skill and Equipment: Although Tilapia can be caught with any fishing rod, it’s highly recommended to use an Iridium Rod equipped with either the Cork Bobber or the Trap Bobber. These bobbers enhance your fishing experience by enlarging the catch bar or slowing the escape rate.
  4. Bait: Utilize bait (regular) or Wild Bait to increase the bite frequency of Tilapia and other fish. You can combine bobbers and bait with the Iridium Rod for better results. (For more tips, here’s a complete guide on how catch Tilapia in Stardew Valley.)  

Uses of Tilapia in Stardew Valley

Tilapia proves to be a valuable catch in Stardew Valley due to its various applications. Here’s how you can make the most of this fish:

Stardew Valley - tilapia


While some villagers have a Neutral attitude towards Tilapia, many Dislike or Hate it. Here is a breakdown of how the villagers react to receiving Tilapia as a gift:

Neutral Towards Tilapia

Who Dislikes Tilapia?

Who Hates Tilapia?

It’s important to note that even though some villagers are neutral towards Tilapia, it is generally not recommended to gift it to them, as it won’t significantly impact their Friendship levels positively.


Stardew Valley - tilapia inventory

Base-priced at 75 gold, Tilapia can be sold for higher amounts based on its quality.

TilapiaBaseFisher (+25%)Angler (+50%)

Take advantage of the Fisher and Angler perks to boost the sale price by 25% and 50%, respectively.


Tilapia may be specifically required in the Aquatic Overpopulation quest, where Demetrius will ask for 10 Tilapia during the summer. Completing the quest rewards [1] you with gold and the recipe for the Farm Computer.

Stardew Valley - Aquatic Overpopulation quest


Although no recipes specifically call for Tilapia, it can be used in three recipes requiring any fish. These recipes include the Maki Roll, Quality Fertilizer, and Sashimi. Here are the recipes in which Tilapia is an ingredient:

Maki Roll

Quality Fertilizer


Stardew Valley - getting sashimi recipe

Community Center Bundles

Help complete the Ocean Fish Bundle in the Fish Tank of the Community Center by contributing a single Tilapia.


Once you’ve unlocked the Sewing Machine, use 1x Tilapia with 1x Cloth to create the dyeable version of the Sailor Shirt.

Fish Pond

Place Tilapia in your Fish Pond, where they will reproduce every two days with a maximum capacity of 10. Complete their Fish Pond quests to expand their capacity gradually.

A Tilapia Fish Pond yields dark gray Tilapia Roe, which can be used in Artisan Goods production or sold for profit. Tilapia Roe can be placed in a Preserves Jar to turn into Aged Roe.

Tilapia RoeAged RoeAged Roe with Artisan Profession (+25%)


With its distinctive behavior and multiple applications, Tilapia is a prized catch in Stardew Valley. By mastering the art of fishing, you can increase your chances of reeling in this versatile fish. Tilapia offers opportunities to enhance your gameplay experience. 

Dive into the ocean waters, cast your line, and embark on an exciting journey to catch Tilapia in Stardew Valley!

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