- This article is about the Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time location. For the Twilight Princess location, see Fishing Hole.
- "Hey, mister! I remember you! It's been a long time! How many years has it been? Seven years?! What have you been doing all this time?! You're my only customer. I'm almost out of business! Seriously! On top of that, my hair... Uh, I mean, never mind... Well, do you want to go fishing? It costs only 20 Rupees!"
- — Pond Owner
The Fishing Pond is a recurring location in Legend of Zelda series.
The Fishing Pond is located just north of Mabe Village, on the edge of the Mysterious Woods. Link can pay the Fisherman ten Rupees for a single cast, and if he manages to catch the big fish underneath the ridge, he is rewarded with a Piece of Heart plus twenty Rupees. Link is also rewarded with five Rupees for catching small fish, and twenty Rupees for catching large ones.
Most of the big fish can be found in the deeper waters in the middle of the pond, or near objects like the submerged log. Once Link catches a fish, he can show it to the Pond Owner, who will reward Link with a prize if the fish is big enough. If Link has already shown the Pond Owner a larger fish than the one he just caught, he is given the option to let the fish go upon reeling it in. Initially, the largest fish caught in the pond weighs six pounds and was caught by the Pond Owner himself.
If Link manages to catch a fish weighing 10 pounds or more as a youth, he receives a Piece of Heart as a prize. As an adult, if he catches a fish of at least 13 pounds, he is given the Golden Scale.
It is much easier to catch bigger fish with the addition of the Sinking Lure, which can be found by simply walking in a number of places. These areas include: the sunken log toward the middle of the pond, right where the branch sticks out of the water; the stream that flows into the pond, as well as the wall and rocks around it; the various Lily Pads and rocks at the water's edge; and the grass along the walls of the pond. The Sinking Lure is "illegal" according to the Pond Owner, which renders prizes unobtainable for fish that were caught with it. However, if Link says "Let's talk about something else" to the Pond Owner with the Sinking Lure equipped, he may legalize the lure for use within the Fishing Pond.
In the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, their are two Fishing Ponds where Link can go fishing. Unlike previous fishing ponds/holes, Sinking Lures can be used legally and Link can switch between the standard bobber lure and the Sinking Lure by speaking to the Fishing Hole's proprietor. The first Fishing Pond is the Swamp Fishing Hole located next to the Swamp Shooting Gallery and the other is the Ocean Fishing Hole located on Great Bay Coast.
The entrance to the Fishing Pond from Ocarina of Time appears in the Temple Face Keep on the Lake Hylia stage. Like the nearby Lakeside Laboratory, the pond its cannot be entered. Interestingly, the size of Door leading to the Fishing Pond is larger and off scale when compared to the game's playable characters.