According to Hoyle, the game "Go Fish" requires players to earn points by making sets of four of a kind. When a player makes a set, the player removes the set from the hand and earns a point.
Play continues until all hands are empty and players exhaust the draw pile. The player with the most points at the end wins.
Players each begin with five cards. If a player receives four of a kind in a hand, the player removes the cards immediately, and the player automatically gets a point. Play moves clockwise, with each player taking turns asking another player of their choosing for a specific rank of card. The player must give up the card to the requester if they hold it. If they do not hold that type of card, they tell the requester to "go fish." The requester must then draw the topmost card from the draw pile, and the next player proceeds with their turn. One of the keys to winning the game is to remember what other players have asked for previously.
According to Bicycle, dealer selection involves dealing one card face-up to each player. The player with the lowest card is the dealer. Deuces are low and aces are high.