Catching Winter Squid

Explains the best place and time to catch Winter Squid. On this page:

Warning: Pre-Cataclysm Research. The patterns of catches discovered by this article are still valid, but the method refers to zones which were changed in the Cataclysm. For current catch locations of Winter Squid, check the Fish Finder.

Seasonal Variation

Winter Squid cannot be caught during the summer: It is a seasonal fish. It can only be caught between the September and March equinoxes: Start of 23 September to the end of 19 March. I have confirmed the precise time of the "autumn" change - midnight at the start of 23 September.

The date and time of the earth's equinox changes very slightly each year. In 2006 it occurred at 04:03 UTC on 23 September - see Wikipedia. The change of Azeroth's seasons are therefore only approximately the same as those on earth. How approximate is not clear: There are reports from North American realms of changes at other times, such as 06:00. However these could be attributed to people fishing for Winter Squid in zones where they can never be caught between 00:00 and 06:00 - see below.

Locations and Variation by Time

In the Variation by Time topic we showed how Raw Summer Bass are more likely to be caught at Feathermoon Stronghold between 12:00 and 18:00, and never caught between 00:00 and 06:00. Winter Squid replaces Summer Bass during the winter. We might expect Winter Squid to vary in similar ways.

Variation by time means that data from sources such as Thott is misleading: We do not know what time of day catches were recorded.

There were five zones where Winter Squid can be caught from the ocean:

These locations are the same for Stonescale Eel, except Winter Squid can only be caught from the open sea, not pools. In the Catching Stonescale Eels topic we found that only one of these locations was dramatically different from the other four - the Bay of Storms area of Azshara.

Since the Cataclysm, Winter Squid have the highest catch rate in coastal Blasted Lands and Swamp of Sorrows. For other locations (with lower catch rates) check the Fish Finder.

A Quick Test

Catch rates are prone to a lot of variation within the standard 6-hour time bands. Even when fishing for three hours or more, the overall averages may still be skewed. However, sometimes sufficiently dramatic changes can still be found when comparing shorter periods.

I fished for at least 90 minutes in each of the 6-hour time bands that catch rates vary by. I fished at Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas and the Bay of Storms in Azshara. The percentage of all catches that were Winter Squid are shown in the tables below.

Winter Squid in Feralas
Time/Value00:00-06:0006:00-12:0012:00-18:0018:00-00:00
Minutes Fished6090145120
Total Catches (all fish)143220352271
Percentage of Catch Winter Squid0%9%12%11%
Winter Squid in Azshara
Time/Value00:00-06:0006:00-12:0012:00-18:0018:00-00:00
Minutes Fished1009010090
Total Catches (all fish)225197231204
Percentage of Catch Winter Squid8%13%33%14%

Both locations show similar patterns, with 12:00-18:00 being the best time, and 00:00-06:00 being the worst. However, Azshara has a consistently higher catch rate. And a much higher catch rate 12:00-18:00 - a third of all catches.

Since 12:00-18:00 is the best time to catch Winter Squid at the two locations tested, I have also fished at two other locations during this time:

The percentage of all catches that were Winter Squid are shown in the table below.

Winter Squid 12:00-18:00
Location/ValueAzsharaFeralasHinterlandsTanaris
Minutes Fished10014590120
Total Catches (all fish)231352214293
Percentage of Catch Winter Squid33%12%13%13%

Both The Hinterlands and Tanaris are similar to Feralas.

Best Catch

The best place to catch Winter Squid is the Bay of Storms area of Azshara, particularly between 12:00 and 18:00, when about a third of catches will be Winter Squid. This conclusion is not based on large number of catches. However we recorded more than twice as many catches in Azshara than other areas - it is highly likely the Bay of Storms area is the best.

You will also catch other potentially "useful" fish here, such as Stonescale Eel and Large Raw Mightfish. The only disadvantage of the location is the skill required to fish there: 330 to cast a line, 425 to fish without anything getting away.

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