How to Make a Fishing Rod in Minecraft

Fishing Rod

Fishing rods have been available in Minecraft since the alpha version. Initially, they had no function and were stackable. 

However, since version 1.2.0 fishing rods can be used to catch fish from any body of water.

They are also no longer stackable as this would allow players to change the damage levels. 

Fishing rods can be enchanted to become unbreakable. Enchanted rods can also be found in underwater ruins.

This how-to guide will give you step by step instructions for crafting a fishing rod as well as all the data information you may need. 

Platform Information

Fishing rods are supported on all platforms. 

Platform Version Added Supported?
Java (PC/Mac) 1.1.1 Yes
Pocket Edition 0.11.0 Yes
Xbox 360 1.0 Yes
Xbox One 1.0 Yes
PS3 1.0 Yes
PS4 1.0 Yes
Wii U 1.0 Yes
Nintendo Switch 1.0 Yes
Windows 10 1.0 Yes
Education Edition 1.0 Yes

Finding Fishing Rods in Creative Mode

To get a fishing rod in creative mode you need to select the right menu.

The creative menus have changed names between consoles and versions so check the table to find the correct menu.

Platform Version Menu
Java (PC/Mac) 1.8-1.16.2 Tools
Pocket Edition 0.14.1 – 1.1.3

1.2 – 1.16.20

Tools

Equipment 

Xbox 360 TU35- TU69 Tools, weapons, and armor
Xbox One CU23 – CU43

1.25 – 1.16.20

Tools, weapons, and armor

Equipment

PS3 1.26 – 1.76 Tools, weapons, and armor
PS4 1.26 – 1.91

1.14.0 – 1.16.20

Tools, weapons, and armor

Equipment

Wii U Patch 3 – Patch 38 Tools, weapons, and armor
Nintendo Switch 1.04 – 1.11

1.5.0 – 1.16.20

Tools, weapons, and armor

Equipment

Windows 10 0.14.1 – 1.1.3

1.2 – 1.16.20

Tools

Equipment

Education Edition 0.14.2 – 1.0.18

1.0.21 – 1.14.31

Tools

Equipment

Crafting a Fishing Rod  in Survival Mode

Required Materials

You need two materials to craft a fishing rod in Minecraft; 3 sticks and 2 strings

The materials are fairly easy to come by as a fishing rod is an early game tool. 

Sticks can be crafted from wood while string is dropped by spiders.

String can also be found in cobwebs, fished out of water, or looted from jungle temples, desert pyramid chests, and dungeons. 

You will also need a crafting table to make a fishing rod. 

How to Craft a Fishing Rod

1. Open the Crafting Menu

Walk up to your crafting table and open the crafting menu. 

The controls for opening the crafting menu when in front of your crafting table are below.

Platform Control
Java (PC/Mac) Right-click
Pocket Edition Tap 
Xbox 360 LT button
Xbox One LT button
PS3 R2 button
PS4 R2 button
Wii U ZL button
Nintendo Switch ZL button
Windows 10 Right-click
Education Edition Right-click

2. Place the materials

When you open the crafting menu you will be able to see the crafting grid and your inventory. 

The crafting grid is a 3×3 grid and is displayed above your inventory. To craft any item you need to drag materials from your inventory into the crafting grid. 

The positioning of the materials in the grid is key. Some items use the same materials but a different layout. So to avoid wasting your materials get the positioning right.

For a fishing rod, you need a stick in the third box of the first row. The second row should have a stick in the middle box and string in the third box. The third row should have a stick in the first box and string in the third box.  

You are essentially recreating the shape of a fishing rod using the materials.  If you want a visual representation, check out the diagram below. 

XXS

XSR

SXR

X= blank space

S= stick

R= string

3. Collect your fishing rod

When you place the materials in the right pattern, a fishing rod will appear in the box next to the crafting grid. 

You need to pick up the fishing rod and place it in your inventory to complete the crafting process.

If you don’t pick up the rod before exiting the crafting menu, the materials will drop to the ground around the crafting table.

Item ID and Name

Platform ID Name Minecraft ID Data Value Version
Java (PC/Mac) minecraft:fishing_rod

minecraft:fishing_rod

346

346

0 1.8 – 1.12

1.13 – 1.16.3

Pocket Edition minecraft:fishing_rod 346 0 0.16.0 – 1.16.50
Xbox 360 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Xbox One minecraft:fishing_rod 346 0 1.6.0 – 1.16.40
PS3 N/A N/A N/A N/A
PS4 minecraft:fishing_rod 346 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.40
Wii U N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nintendo Switch minecraft:fishing_rod 346 0 1.6.0 – 1.16.40
Windows 10 minecraft:fishing_rod 346 0 0.16.0 – 1.16.40
Education Edition minecraft:fishing_rod 346 0 1.0 – 1.14.31

Give Command 

Platform Give command
Java (PC/Mac)

Java versions 1.8 onwards

/give @p fishing_rod 1

/give @p fishing_rod 1 0

Pocket Edition /give @p fishing_rod 1 0
Xbox 360 N/A
Xbox One /give @p fishing_rod 1 0
PS3 N/A
PS4 /give @p fishing_rod 1 0
Wii U N/A
Nintendo Switch /give @p fishing_rod 1 0
Windows 10 /give @p fishing_rod 1 0
Education Edition /give @p fishing_rod 1 0

Using a Fishing Rod

A fishing rod’s main function is to catch things from the water.

You can catch all manner of fish, shells, crafting materials, and junk when fishing. Different bodies of water contain different creatures and items so go explore! 

You can also craft further items using a fishing rod. By combining a fishing rod with a carrot you can make a carrot on a stick that can be used to ride a pig. 

By combining a fishing rod with warped fungus, you can make warped fungus on a stick. This can be used to ride a strider. 

Finally, you can enchant a fishing rod to give it extra powers. Check the table below for different enchantments and their effects on a fishing rod. 

Enchantment Description
Curse of Vanishing The cursed item disappears when the player dies.
Luck of the Sea Increases chances of catching valuable items.
Lure Increases the biting rate of fish.
Mending Uses XP to mend tools, weapons, and armor.
Unbreaking Increases the durability of an item.