Finding a Fishing Rod in Pokemon Let’s Go is something longtime series fans will likely try to do at the earliest chance. After all, the Old Rod, Good Rod, and Super Rod have been in almost every main series game since Red and Blue came out. If you want to catch a Magikarp, Goldeen, and other water Pokemon, you’d think you’d need a fishing rod, right? Well, things have changed a bit in Pokemon Let’s Go, as we explain below.
Is There a Fishing Rod in Pokemon Let’s Go?
In Pokemon Red and Blue and Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green, getting your first fishing rod was easy. All you had to do was make it to Vermillion City and talk to a fisherman there. Those playing Pokemon Let’s Go will discover that option isn’t available. The Fisherman that used to give you the Old Rod isn’t there. This can make things confusing for those wanting to add a Magikarp to their team early on in the game.
By the same token, the Good Rod Guru is no longer in Fuchsia City, and the Super Rod can’t be found in the house on Route 12. For whatever reason, Game Freak decided to remove the fishing mechanic from Pokemon Let’s Go, so you can’t get a fishing rod in the game.
How Do I Catch Water Pokemon I Used to Have to Use the Fishing Rod for in Pokemon Let’s Go?
To catch the Pokemon you had to use the fishing rod for in Pokemon Red and Blue, you’ll need to first learn Sea Skim. Sea Skim is the move that replaces Surf in Pokemon Let’s Go and can be found by heading to Fuchsia City. Outside of the Pokemon Go Park there you’ll find a man by a Lapras. He’ll teach your Pokemon Sea Skim, and then you can ride on the water.
Once you’re on the water, you’ll notice Pokemon will begin to spawn near you just like they do in the grassy patches. This includes Pokemon like Magikarp and Goldeen that you used to have to catch with the rod in previous games.