Skyrim:The Fishing Job

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Steal an item out of a target's pocket.
Quest Giver: Delvin Mallory in the Ragged Flagon
Location(s): None
Reward: Leveled Gold
A thief about to go "fishing"

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Delvin Mallory in The Ragged Flagon about "fishing jobs".
  2. Pick the target's pocket to obtain the required items.
  3. Return to Delvin.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

After joining the Thieves Guild, Delvin Mallory will tell you that he handles all the fishing, numbers and bedlam jobs, with "fishing" being a euphemism for picking someone's pockets. Ask him for a "fishing" job and he will give you a target and tell you to steal a particular item from them.

The item that needs to be stolen is a randomly-selected gem or unenchanted piece of jewelry (circlet, necklace, or ring); see Leveled Lists for details. When the quest is started, the item is placed in the inventory of a randomly-selected NPC. Nearly anyone in any of the five main cities can be a target. Notable exceptions include guards, Thieves Guild members, and children. If Dragonborn is installed, NPCs in Raven Rock can also be targets.

You must not be caught and sent to jail while the quest is active, for any reason, otherwise you will fail the quest; you also cannot kill the target. Once you have retrieved the item, return to Delvin for a leveled gold reward.


Levels Reward
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


  • If the target is a possible follower, then it is possible to complete this quest without committing a crime; simply recruit the follower and remove the item from their inventory.
  • Version 1.3.2 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch limits the target cities to those found in the base game.
  • When giving you this job, one of Delvin's possible lines is "Got ourselves a freelancer thinks he can muscle in on our territory. How about you teach him some manners, eh?" This line can still trigger even if the target is female.
  • If you get arrested in a hold which is different from the target's hold, the quest still fails. Getting arrested on Solstheim can fail this quest when the target is located on Skyrim.


  • The cleanup script will take any similar item rather than the quest item. This cleanup script is run whether you are successful or cancelling the job and will remove items from your inventory. Any items that are taken are permanently destroyed so it is recommended that you save and drop all items of the same type (if he wants a gold diamond necklace drop all gold diamond necklaces including custom enchanted ones). You can also work around this bug by giving all items of the same type to a follower. ?
  • There is a chance that this quest may involve stealing items from a number of people where the chance of the steal will always be 0%, no matter what Pickpocket perks or skill you have.
    • You may request to cancel the quest if this happens.
    • PC Open the console, and click the victim to select them. Type "showinventory" (to find the ID of the quest target). Type "drop <ID number of the quest object> 1". Steal the quest target after it falls to the ground.
    • If you have the poisoned perk, you can reverse pickpocket a paralysis poison into the target. As the potion is coming close to wearing off, there will be a brief moment where you can pickpocket anything with 100% success, and won't get a bounty even if you're seen doing it (because the game thinks you're just corpse-looting, which always succeeds and is perfectly legal). However, you have to time your pickpocketing correctly for this to work, so you may want to save before attempting.
  • With Dragonborn installed: If you are asked to steal something from one of the crew of the Northern Maiden (the boat that runs between Windhelm and Solstheim), there is a possibility that the item will only be placed in that person's inventory at one end of the journey, and not the other. For example, thanks to there being signficantly fewer people around at the Raven Rock end of the journey, it's much easier to pickpocket them there, but no use if the item's only in their pocket when you meet them at the much more highly populated Windhelm dock.

Quest StagesEdit

The Fishing Job (TGRGF)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I've been told to pickpocket <Alias=ItemToGet> from <Alias=Mark> in <Alias=City>. I need to complete this job without killing the mark or getting caught and spending time in jail.
Objective 10: Retrieve <Alias=ItemToGet> from <Alias=Mark> in <Alias=City>
50 I've retrieved <Alias=ItemToGet> from <Alias=Mark> in <Alias=City>.
Objective 20: Return the <Alias=ItemToGet> to Delvin
200 ☑Finishes quest I've successfully completed the job and received my share of the pay.
250 ☒Fails quest By killing a resident at the task's location, I've failed this job and was forced to forfeit my share of the pay.
☒Fails quest 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.
☒Fails quest Before the task could be completed, I decided to quit. I've therefore failed the job and forfeited any pay I might have received.