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"There are all sorts of people wandering around carryin' their valuables on their person... just waitin' for someone like you to pick their pocket."
Delvin Mallory[src]

The Fishing Job is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn is tasked with stealing a specific item from a citizen of Skyrim for the Thieves Guild.


I've been told to retrieve an item from a citizen of a city. I need to complete this job without killing the mark or getting caught and spending time in jail.


  1. Retrieve the item from the target in a city
  2. Return to Delvin


Fishing Jobs are radiant quests given by Delvin Mallory in The Ragged Flagon as extra work for the Thieves Guild. Fishing jobs consist of using the Pickpocket skill to steal a valuable, unique item from a random character. Fishing jobs can be declined at any time by talking to Delvin Mallory again. There is no penalty for declining or rejecting these jobs.

Doing enough additional jobs such as the fishing job in a hold unlocks the city influence quest in that hold.

Possible jobs[]

List of Targets for the quest
  • Retrieve Acolyte Jenssen's Silver Sapphire Necklace from Acolyte Jenssen in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Adonato Leotelli's Gold Ring from Adonato Leotelli in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Aerin's Silver Sapphire Necklace from Aerin in Riften
  • Retreive Aphia Velothi's Flawless Sapphire from Aphia Velothi in Raven Rock
  • Retrieve Aia Arria's Gold Necklace from Aia Arria in Solitude
  • Retrieve Alfhild Battle-Born's Ruby from Alfhild Battle-Born in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Asbjorn Fire-Tamer's Flawless Diamond from Asbjorn Fire-Tamer in Riften
  • Retrieve Athis's Silver Amethyst Ring from Athis in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Aval Atheron's Gold Diamond Ring from Aval Atheron in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Belrand's Gold and Ruby Circlet from Belrand in Solitude
  • Retrieve Belethor's Silver Necklace from Belethor in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Bolgeir Bearclaw's Ruby from Bolgeir Bearclaw in Solitude
  • Retrieve Bothela's Silver and Sapphire Circlet from Bothela in Markarth
  • Retrieve Brenuin's Gold Diamond Necklace from Brenuin in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Briehl's Amethyst from Briehl in Riften
  • Retrieve Briehl's Gold and Emerald Circlet from Briehl in Riften
  • Retrieve Brunwulf Free-Winter's Flawless Diamond from Brunwulf Free-Winter in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Bryling's Silver Ruby RIng from Bryling in Solitude
  • Retrieve Captain Aldis's Silver Emerald Necklace from Captain Aldis in Solitude
  • Retrieve Carlotta Valentia's Gold Diamond Necklace from Carlotta Valentia in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Cindiri Arano's Silver Necklace from Cindiri Arano in Raven Rock
  • Retrieve Dalan Merchad's Flawless Emerald from Dalan Merchad in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Drifa's Gold Ring from Drifa in Riften
  • Retrieve Elda Early-Dawn's Flawless Diamond from Elda Early-Dawn in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Evette San's Flawless Emerald from Evette San in Solitude
  • Retrieve Elgrims's Silver Necklace from Elgrim in Riften
  • Retrieve Erikur's Gold Sapphire Ring from Erikur in Solitude
  • Retrieve Farkas's Flawless Emerald from Farkas in Whiterun, Jorrvaskr
  • Retrieve Fianna's Gold Emerald Ring from Fianna in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Frabbi's Flawless Diamond from Frabbi in Markarth
  • Retreive Geimund's Garnet from Geimund in Solitude
  • Retrieve Geldis Sadri's Flawless Emerald from Geldis Sadri in Raven Rock
  • Retrieve Gerda's Flawless Ruby from Gerda in Whiterun, Dragonsreach
  • Retrieve Ghorza gra-Bagol's Amethyst Ring from Ghorza gra-Bagol in Markarth
  • Retrieve Glover Mallory's Silver and Moonstone Circlet from Glover Mallory in Raven Rock
  • Retrieve Hafjorg's Flawless Emerald from Hafjorg in Elgrim's Elixirs in Riften
  • Retrieve Hamal's Amethyst from Hamal in Markarth
  • Retrieve Heimskr's Garnet from Heimskr in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Heimvar's Gold Necklace from Heimvar in Solitude
  • Retrieve Hogni's Gold Diamond Ring from Hogni Red-Arm in Markarth
  • Retrieve Horm's Silver and Moonstone Circlet from Horm in Solitude
  • Retrieve Hrongar's Flawless Amethyst from Hrongar in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Imedhnain's Sapphire from Imedhnain in Markarth
  • Retrieve Imedhnain's Silver Ring from Imedhnain in Markarth
  • Retrieve Iona's Diamond from Iona in Riften
  • Retrieve Jala's Emerald from Jala in Solitude
  • Retrieve Jawanan's Diamond from Jawanan in Solitude
  • Retrieve Jora's Ruby from Jora in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Jorn's Diamond from Jorn in Solitude
  • Retrieve Keerava's Gold Diamond Necklace for Keerava in Riften
  • Retrieve Kerah's Diamond from Kerah in Markarth
  • Retrieve Kleppr's Gold Necklace from Kleppr in Markarth
  • Retrieve Lisbet's Flawless Diamond from Lisbet in Markarth
  • Retrieve Lortheim's Garnet from Lortheim in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Louis Letrush's Diamond from Louis Letrush in Riften
  • Retrieve Lydia's Silver Sapphire Necklace from Lydia in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Lygrleid's Ruby from Lygrleid in Raven Rock
  • Retrieve Malthyr Elenil's Ruby from Malthyr Elenil in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Marise Aravel's Silver Emerald Necklace from Marise Aravel in Riften
  • Retrieve Mikael's Emerald from Mikael in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Mjoll the Lioness's Garnet from Mjoll the Lioness in Riften
  • Retrieve Mulush gro-Shugurz's Ruby from Mulush gro-Shugurz in Markarth
  • Retrieve Nazeem's Diamond from Nazeem in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Nivenor's Gold Ruby Necklace from Nivenor in Riften
  • Retrieve Nura Snow-Shod's Gold and Ruby Circlet from Nura Snow-Shod in Riften
  • Retrieve Nurelion's Ruby from Nurelion in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Nurelion's copper and sapphire circlet from Nurelion in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Olfina Gray-Mane's Diamond from Olfina Gray-Mane in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Orla's Gold Sapphire Ring from Orla in Markarth
  • Retrieve Orthus Endario's Silver Ruby Ring from Orthus Endario in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Pantea Ateia's Ruby from Pantea Ateia in Solitude
  • Retrieve Ria's Diamond from Ria in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Rolff Stone-Fist's Garnet from Rolff Stone-Fist in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Rorlund's Amethyst from Rorlund in Solitude
  • Retrieve Romlyn Dreth's Gold Emerald Ring from Romlyn Dreth in Riften
  • Retrieve Rondach's Flawless Amethyst from Rondach in Markarth
  • Retrieve Saffir's Copper and Ruby Circlet from Saffir in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Sayma's Silver Sapphire Necklace from Sayma in Solitude
  • Retrieve Scouts-Many-Marshes's Jade and Emerald Circlet from Scouts-Many-Marshes in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Severio Pelagia's Silver Emerald Necklace from Severio Pelagia in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Shahvee's Ruby from Shahvee in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Sigurd's Amethyst from Sigurd in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Silana Petreia's Amethyst from Silana Petreia in Solitude
  • Retrieve Silda the Unseen's Copper and Moonstone Circlet from Silda the Unseen in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Sogrlaf's Emerald in Raven Rock
  • Retrieve Susanna the Wicked's Gold Jeweled Necklace from Susanna the Wicked in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Suvaris Atheron's Flawless Sapphire from Suvaris Atheron in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Tacitus Sallustius's Gold Diamond Ring from Tacitus Sallustius in Markarth
  • Retrieve Taarie's Emerald from Taarie in Solitude
  • Retrieve Torsten Cruel-Sea's Gold Ruby Necklace from Torsten Cruel-Sea in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Torvar's Flawless Diamond from Torvar in Whiterun
  • Retrieve Ulundil's Gold Ruby Necklace from Ulundil in Windhelm
  • Retrieve Ungrien's Gold Diamond Ring from Ungrien in Riften
  • Retrieve Viarmo's Flawless Sapphire from Viarmo in Solitude
  • Retrieve Vivienne Onis's Gold Diamond Ring from Vivienne Onis in Solitude
  • Retrieve Voada's Gold Ring from Voada in Markarth
  • Retrieve Wujeeta's Copper and Moonstone Circlet from Wujeeta in Riften
  • Retrieve Wujeeta's Gold Emerald Ring from Wujeeta in Riften
  • Retrieve Wylandriah's Jade and Sapphire Circlet from Wylandriah in Riften
  • Retrieve Ysolda's Diamond from Ysolda in Whiterun


Level Gold
1–5 50
6–10 100
11–15 150
16–20 200
21–26 250
27–31 300
32–36 350
37–41 400
42+ 500


The Fishing Job – TGRGF
ID Journal Entry
10 I've been told to retrieve <radiant item> from <radiant target> in <radiant city>. I need to complete this job without killing the mark or getting caught and spending time in jail.
  • Objective 10: Retrieve <radiant item> from <radiant target> in <radiant city>
50 I've retrieved <radiant item> from <radiant target> in <radiant city>.
  • Objective 20: Return to Delvin
200 I've successfully completed the job and received my share of the pay.
  • Quest complete
250 By killing a resident at the task's location, I've failed this job and was forced to forfeit my share of the pay.
  • Quest failed
During the course of this task, I was arrested and sent to the local jail. I've therefore failed the job and was forced to forfeit my share of the pay.
  • Quest failed
Before the task could be completed, I decided to quit. I've therefore failed the job and forfeited any pay I might have received.
  • Quest failed


  • Brand-Shei may be a target, which is also a problem considering he is put in prison when the quest to join the Thieves Guild is completed, so he may be hard to get to. Unless, of course, the ring is dropped at the start of the Thieves Guild storyline, which would still allow the quests to continue.
  • Any named jewel acquired during one of these missions, such as Lygrleid's ruby can be used in crafting jewelry. The jewel's identity and stolen flag are lost.
  • If the target is a follower of the Dragonborn, the quest is significantly easier and does not require pickpocketing to be done to acquire the quest target.
  • Lars Battle-Born may be assigned as a target of one of these missions. This poses a problem as you can not pickpocket children.


This section contains bugs related to The Fishing Job. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
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  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   The removal script will not always take the stolen ring/necklace/jewel but any ring/necklace/jewel of the same type. For example, when attempting to turn in Garvey's Gold Diamond Ring, it will remain in your inventory and a Gold Diamond Ring that you have enchanted will be removed instead. This occurs even if you cancel a quest and you have one of the items in your inventory.
    • A workaround is to drop any other items of the same type from your inventory in order to ensure the correct item is removed.
    • Another possible work around would be to change the name of your jewelry once you enchant it, so that it does not have the same name anymore. (note: renaming enchanted jewelry does not prevent them from being removed on the Xbox 360 version.)
  •  PC   360   PS3   Hafjorg's Flawless Emerald has 0% chance to pickpocket even with item and potion boosts. This is also the case with Hermir in Windhelm and her jeweled necklace, Kodlak Whitemane's Gold Diamond Necklace (PS3), Omluag's Silver Emerald Necklace (PS3),Sabine Nytte's Silver Sapphire Necklace (Xbox 360), Tacitus Sallustius's Gold Diamond Ring in Markarth, Aval Atheron's Emerald in Windhelm, Silda the Unseen's Diamond in Windhelm (Xbox 360), and Ghorza gra-Bagol's Flawless Emerald in Markarth (Xbox 360). There seems to be no concrete solutions to this bug so far on PC version.
    •  PC   360   PS3   This bug appears to occur on other randomly generated quests and Characters in this quest type across all platforms, regardless of character attributes and skills. Some of the NPCs are also unkillable, thus breaking the quest type because the item cannot be looted from the corpse. As the scripting is not well understood, it is unclear exactly what triggers the bug.
    •  360  (untested on other platforms) A possible solution is to use paralysis poisons or spells, or the Ice Form shout to obtain the item. If you sneak and rapidly press the action button/key you will gain access to their inventory just before they stand back up, and the item can be stolen no matter what. Using the Paralysis Staff on Silda the Unseen in Windhelm (for her Diamond) - no bounties added for the assault or the theft even though she cries out "Help me!" after the theft. -Confirmed with Ice Form shout on Fralia Gray-Mane (for Gold Diamond Necklace) on second attempt while sneaking and target sleeping, target returned to sleep with no hostility or bounty added.
      •  PC   PS3   Tested the Ice Form solution. The target will become hostile and will take damage while frozen. Your follower will attack the target if they are nearby, killing the target. Park your follower far enough away to avoid this. When the target begins to stand up, their inventory will be accessible. Use the Ice Form Shout while sneaking with your weapon drawn. The target will freeze and take per second damage while frozen. Provided the target has enough life, the target will thaw and begin to stand. Access the inventory and loot the item without penalty. The target will either attack you or flee. Either way sheathing your weapon at this point will drop the aggro. Collect your follower and go complete the quest. This is useful if your pickpocket skill is low.
  •  360   PS3   The first fishing job given will sometimes say to "Retrieve Brand-Shei's Jade and Sapphire Circlet from Brand-Shei in Riften". This is incorrect, it should actually be Scouts-Many-Marshes's Jade and Sapphire Circlet in Windhelm. Not a common bug.
  •  360   Retrieve Tythis Ulen's Amethyst from Tythis Ulen in Riften. Characters (including Tythis) are still standing in the market where Brynjolf causes the distraction in order for you to steal out of the lockbox when trying to join the guild. Tythis is standing in front of a Riften Guard and other NPC. Pickpocketing him is bugged because you get caught. They stand there all day/night staring at nothing.
  •  360   Occasionally the item requested by Delvin is not on the person. Try saving the game and reloading.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Some fishing jobs may require stealing an item that has 0% chance for removal, which in turn will have the quest automatically fail.
    • Solution: Reverse pickpocket a paralysis poison with the Poisoned perk and steal it while they are on the ground.
    • Solution: Give up the quest for something new.
    • Solution: Use the Unrelenting Force shout, and pickpocket while the target is down.
    •  PC (Fix)   Enter the console command mode, click on the character to get their ID, enter showinventory, find the ID of the item you need, and type drop <ID> 1. Pick the item up off the floor.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If Nurelion is the target and the quest "White Phial" has been completed, a message saying "Nurelion is asleep and dying" comes up when trying to interact with him, thus making it impossible to pickpocket him.
    • Solution: Completing the quest "Repairing the Phial" will result in his death, making it possible to loot the desired item from his body.
    •  PC (Fix)   Use the console command mode and type setstage TGRGF 50.