Go Fish Rules

Go Fish is a card game for 2 to 6 players. The goal of each player is to finish the game with the maximum number of squares. Each square of cards is worth 1 point. The player who has accumulated the most points is declared the winner.


  • A pack of 52 cards.

Set up

  • Shuffle the cards.
  • Deal 5 cards to each player.
  • The hand is searchable, but must be kept secret.
  • The rest will form the deck.
  • Determine who will play first.
  • Play clockwise.

Goal of the game

  • The object of the game is to form squares of cards.
  • A square is made up of 4 cards of the same value.


7 ♠, 7 ♣, 7 ♥ and 7 ♦


How to play?

  • On his or her turn, a player can ask another player (of his or her choice) for a card value.

Do you have a 5?
Warning. You can only ask for a value you already have.


To ask for a 5, I must have at least a 5 in my hand.

  • If the opponent has the requested value, he gives all the cards of this value to the requester.
  • If the opponent does not have the value requested, he says “go fish”.

Go fish

The claimant draws a card.

  • If the card drawn is in the value requested, he reveals it and plays again.
  • If the card drawn is not in the required value, he keeps the card and passes the hand.
  • Once you have a square of cards, place them face up in front of you.

Empty hand

  • When a player runs out of cards, he immediately draws 5 cards.

Empty deck

  • If the deck is empty, the game continues.

End of the game

  • 2 conditions end the game:
    – The deck is empty.
    – All players run out of cards.
  • Proceed with the point count.
  • A square scores 1 point.
  • The player who scores the most points wins the game.