Crab Pot

Crab Pot
Crab Pot.png
Place it in the water, load it with bait, and check the next day to see if you've caught anything. Works in streams, lakes, and the ocean.
Source: Crafting
Sell Price: Gold.png50g
Recipe Source: Fishing Skill Icon.png Fishing Level 3
Ingredients: Wood.png Wood (40)Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (3)
Trapper.png Trapper Profession Ingredients: Wood.png Wood (25)Copper Bar.png Copper Bar (2)

Crab pots are floated on the shores of bodies of water (lakes, ponds, rivers, or the ocean) and primed with bait in order to catch fish. Any type of bait (standard Bait, Wild Bait, Magnet, Magic Bait) can be used in a crab pot, but there is no benefit to using specialized types of bait: crab pots never produce double fish or treasure. Players with the Luremaster profession don't need to add bait.

Harvesting a crab pot gives 5 Fishing experience points, even if trash is caught or the item is normally a Beach forage item. Fish caught with crab pots also count towards the four fishing achievements (Fisherman, Ol' Mariner, Master Angler, and Mother Catch).

Crab pots can be crafted, purchased for Gold.png1,500g at Willy's Fish Shop once you've reached fishing skill level 3, and three are rewarded for completing the Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle in the Fish Tank.


Crab pots have three stages, which can be distinguished visually:

Image Description
Crab Pot.png The crab pot is empty. If you don't have the Luremaster profession, you need to add bait before it will catch anything.
Crab pot (with bait).png The crab pot contains bait, and will catch something the next morning. (If you have the Luremaster profession, you'll see the 'empty' image instead.)
Crab pot (with catch).png The crab pot caught something and can be harvested. An icon of what it contains will appear above the crab pot.


The day after placing a crab pot, the following items can be found in it:


Unless you have the Mariner profession, the following trash items can be obtained by putting a crab pot in any type of water, which includes the river, the lake and the ocean. The chance of trash appearing is 38%,[1] regardless of luck or fishing skill; all trash items are equally likely to appear. Trash can be recycled into useful items.

Image Name Description Produced from Recycling
Trash (item).png
Trash It's junk. Stone.png Stone (1-3)  49%
Coal.png Coal (1-3)  30%
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore (1-3)  21%
Driftwood A piece of wood from the sea. Wood.png Wood (1-3)  75%
Coal.png Coal (1-3)  25%
Soggy Newspaper.png
Soggy Newspaper This is trash. Torch.png Torch (3)  90%
Cloth.png Cloth (1)  10%
Broken CD.png
Broken CD It's a JojaNet 2.0 trial CD. They must've made a billion of these things. Refined Quartz.png Refined Quartz (1)
Broken Glasses.png
Broken Glasses It looks like someone lost their glasses. They're busted. Refined Quartz.png Refined Quartz (1)


The following creatures can be caught by putting a crab pot in the water anywhere at The Beach or in the ocean on the Beach Farm.[1] Note that only normal quality fish or items can be caught with a crab pot.

Image Name Description Sell Price Trap Chance Used In
Mariner.png Mariner Non-Mariner
Lobster A large ocean-dwelling crustacean with a strong tail. Gold.png120g 14% 3% Lobster Bisque.png Lobster Bisque

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot BundleQuests Icon.png "Wanted Lobster" Quest

Elliott Icon.png Elliott (Loved Gift)

Clam[2] Someone lived here once. Gold.png50g 14% 12% Chowder.png ChowderSpeed-Gro.png Speed-Gro

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle

Crab A marine crustacean with two powerful pincers. Gold.png100g 14% 6% Crab Cakes.png Crab Cakes

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle
Cockle A common saltwater clam. Gold.png50g 14% 17%

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle
Mussel A common bivalve that often lives in clusters. Gold.png30g 14% 14% Fish Stew.png Fish Stew

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle
Shrimp A scavenger that feeds off the ocean floor. Widely prized for its meat. Gold.png60g 14% 5% Tom Kha Soup.png Tom Kha Soup

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle
Oyster Constantly filters water to find food. In the process, it removes dangerous toxins from the environment. Gold.png40g 14% 3%

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle


The following creatures can be caught by putting a crab pot into any freshwater location.[1] Note that only normal quality fish can be caught with a crab pot.

Freshwater locations include nearly any body of water other than the Beach. In particular, the Farm Ponds will yield Crab Pot Fish, even ponds where a Fishing Rod only yields trash. Crab Pots also work in all underground locations (e.g. The Sewers). The pools found in the Mines are the only exceptions: Crab Pots can be placed in the mine’s pools, but they will vanish and be permanently lost once you leave the level. Also, Crab Pots can not be placed into fountains (e.g. in Pelican Town or outside the Spa).

Image Name Description Sell Price Trap Chance Used In
Mariner.png Mariner Non-Mariner
Crayfish A small freshwater relative of the lobster. Gold.png75g 33% 28% Fish Stew.png Fish Stew

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle
Snail A wide-ranging mollusc that lives in a spiral shell. Gold.png65g 33% 13% Escargot.png Escargot

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle

Vincent Icon.png Vincent (loved Gift)

Periwinkle A tiny freshwater snail that lives in a blue shell. Gold.png20g 33% 21% Strange Bun.png Strange BunFish Stew.png Fish Stew

Fish.png "Any fish" Recipes

Bundle Purple.png Crab Pot Bundle


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  • Because the freshwater catches sell for a low value and can be easily caught in large quantities, they're ideal choices for turning into Quality Fertilizer. During the early game you may want to put a handful of crab pots in your farm's ponds (where they're easily accessible to harvest daily) so that you can make fertilizer out of their catches and net a bit of fishing experience.
  • When the Luremaster Profession is taken, it becomes very easy to accidentally pick up your crab pots immediately after harvesting them. In order to prevent this from happening, a simple set of steps must be followed; First, clear your entire inventory bar. Secondly, select the furthest right empty inventory space. Finally, only harvest the crab pots via left-clicking. So long as you do not right click, and the selected inventory slot is not filled by harvested trash or fish, your character will not pick up the crab pots!
    • Without the profession, the easiest way is to have the bait selected as you empty the crab pots, easily baiting the pot right away. Baited Crab Pots cannot be picked up.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Crab pot contents are determined by CrabPot::DayUpdate. For mariners, there is no chance of junk, and all creatures are equally likely. For non-mariners, there is a 20% chance of junk, then each creature is checked sequentially using the chances specified in Fish.xnb. One result of this algorithm is that the actual chance of finding a given creature is smaller than the value in the input file, because it can only be found if junk items and all previous creatures failed their tests. If no creature is found, the code falls back to trash; this adds 18% more chance of trash (for both ocean and freshwater crab pots).
  2. Clams are not categorized as Fish by the game. Therefore they cannot be used in Fish recipes and do not benefit from Fishing price bonuses.
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