Stardew Valley Crab Pots and crab pot products explained

Everything you need to know about crab pots in Stardew Valley.

Crab pots offer an alternative way to fish in Stardew Valley, which doesn't involve a rod and tackle.

You can place a crab pot in the ocean, lake, rivers or numerous ponds throughout Stardew Valley and, after a nights sleep, return to find a product caught within this cage.

Sometimes your catch might be a piece of rubbish, other times, however, it could be a crustacean, which you can place, and breed, in a fish pond.

There is also a specific Crab Pot bundle that you need to complete to restore the Fishing Tank in the Community Center.

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Crab Pots in Stardew Valley explained

You'll unlock the ability to both purchase and make crab pots when you reach Fishing Level Three.

One crab pot from Willy's Fish Shop will set you back 1,500g, while you can craft a crab pot with 40 Wood and three Iron Bars.

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You can buy or craft crab pots.

Once you have a crab pot (or pots) all you have to do is place them in the nearest water source, place some bait inside and return the next day. Inside the pot you'll find a little creature or, if you're unlucky, a piece of rubbish.

Don't worry if your inventory is full - your prey can't escape the crab pot, especially if it's a broken CD, so you can always return another day to collect it.

If you want to focus particularly on crab pots when it comes to fishing, then we recommend choosing the Trapper profession when you reach Fishing Level five. This profession focuses solely on crab pots, providing you with bonuses, no longer catching rubbish items in your pots for example, for this activity.

If you decide to follow the Trapper profession, at Fishing Level Ten you'll be able to choose from two, crab pot specialised bonuses, called Luremaster and Mariner.

Mariner will prevent rubbish items from appearing in your crab pots, while choosing Luremaster will mean that you no longer have to place bait in your crab pots.

Both of these are incredibly useful bonuses, since each one makes crab pots a more profitable venture. Pick whichever one sounds the best to you!

There is also a specific Crab Pot Bundle that you must complete to restore the Fish Tank in the Community Center.

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One of the main goals in Stardew Valley is to complete the Community Center bundles or, if you’re corporate minded, you can buy a JojaMart Membership. Fishing is a great way to earn money in Stardew Valley, especially if you decide to use crab pots and ponds. Throughout the year you’ll also be able to take in a variety of festivals, including the Egg Festival, Stardew Valley Fair and the Night Market.


Crab pot products in Stardew Valley explained

Depending on where you place your crab pot, in the ocean or in freshwater, you can catch a variety of different creatures. Below you'll find a list of which creatures you can catch using crab pots and where:

Freshwater creatures (Mountain Lake, Pelican Town River, Cindersnap Forest River and any pond):

  • Crayfish
  • Periwinkle
  • Snail

Ocean creatures:

  • Clam
  • Cockle
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Mussel
  • Oyster
  • Shrimp
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Rubbish Items - ocean and freshwater:

  • Broken CD
  • Broken Glasses
  • Driftwood
  • Soggy Newspaper
  • Trash

If you're still in need of fishing help in Stardew Valley, try our fish, pond and treasure chest guides!

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