Will you want to go fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2? In our guide to fishing, you’ll read more about the fish and the bait you need.
In this guide to the Red Dead Redemption 2 western game, you can learn about the best way to get something on the hook. We’re going to tell you which lures you need and which fish you will capture.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Preparation for fishing is everything
First, you have to select a fishing rod in the item menu and then choose a lure. There are two different types of lures in Red Dead Redemption 2: Bobber and Lure. More about this later.
You’ll get the rod during the main story “A Fisher of Men.
Keep the LT/L2 to hold the rod and then the RT/R2 to cast. If you click RT/R2 longer in Red Dead Redemption 2, the more you press; it depends on the chosen lure.
Bobber Fishing: With a bobber, you just have to sit back and wait for something to bite. You should tap the RT/R2 lure to attract fish.
Fishing with a lure: with a lure, you need to search more vigorously for your luck. Throw out the lure and draw it in slowly before you notice a bite. It’s helpful to pull the lure past the fish.
The fish can gnaw at the bait until they strike safely, so don’t pull the line right away.
What to do when the shark bites: once you’ve got the fish on the Red Dead Redemption 2 hook, you’ve got to tire it out. You’ve got to work against the shark, much like taming a pet.
Prevent the fish from pulling more strings. In Red Dead Redemption 2, the fish can even fall off the hook behind a stone or other object so that it can be held in open water if possible.
You’re going to catch up the line by rotating the right stick clockwise. You have to rewind the string as fast as you can while the fish is tired. Pressing the left stick would allow it easier to pull in.
Tip: Use your thumb and index finger to reel Red Dead Redemption 2 simultaneously.
The power of the fish depends on its size and its species. Smaller fish such as Bluegills and Rockbass can be captured relatively easily. Larger fish like salmon and the like will take a few minutes to capture.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Guide To Fishing: All lure types in the overview
As mentioned before, the choice of bait is crucial to your catch in Red Dead Redemption 2; you can either fish with bread, corn, and cheese or reach a little deeper into your pocket and hang worms or crabs on the hook.
For legendary fish, there are also special baits that you need to get a bite.
Here are the lures from Red Dead Redemption 2 in the overview:
- Bread: good for smaller fish.
- Corn: good for smaller fish.
- Cheese: good for smaller fish.
- Worms: excellent for medium-sized sea fish.
- Crabs: good for larger fish in deeper parts of rivers and lakes.
- Crickets: Excellent for attracting medium-sized river fish.
- River bait: attracts all small and medium-sized fish in rivers.
- Sea bait: attracts larger fish that live in lakes.
- Swamp bait: attracts medium and large fish.
- Special river bait: increases the chance of catching medium to large river fish.
- Special sea bait: Increases the chance of catching medium to large sea fish.
- Special swamp bait: Increases the chance of catching medium to large river fish
The Fishing Shop in Red Dead Redemption 2
In Lagras, you will find a fishing store that sells all the accessories for hunting fish. By the way, this store is the only one in the whole game.
Overview of the fish species in Red Dead Redemption 2
The lakes, ponds, rivers, and swamps of Red Dead Redemption 2 Western World are home to many different species of fish. Here is a small overview of the best baits for each species:
- Bluegill – Bait: Cheese
- Chain picker – bait: corn
- Redfin Pickerel – Bait: Bread
- Rock Bass – Bait: Cheese or other natural bait
- Black bass – bait: any kind of natural bait
- Bullhead Catfish – Bait: cheese or corn
- Perch – Bait: Bread
- Lake Sturgeon – Lures: Crabs
- Trout perch – Lures: Crabs
- Steelhead trout – Lures: Worms
- Muskie – Lure: Lake lures
- Sockeye Salmon – Bait: River bait
Find all fish species in Red Dead Redemption 2
Here is an overview of all fish species in Red Dead Redemption 2 with their habitat and our weather recommendation:
- Bluegill – All lakes and rivers; most active during rain
- Chain Pickerel – lakes, rivers, and swamps; most active in sunny weather.
- Redfin Pickerel – Rivers in the south; most active on warm, sunny days.
- Rock Bass – All clear water in the country; most active on sunny days.
- Black Bass – Northern rivers; most active on rainy days
- Bullhead Catfish – Swamps; most active in the rain
- Perch – Rivers and lakes throughout the country; most active in sunny weather.
- Lake Sturgeon – Southern lakes and swamps; most active in overcast weather.
- Trout Perch – All waters in the south; most active in rainy weather.
- Steelhead Trout – Lakes, mostly in the south; most active in rainy weather.
- Muskie – Northern lakes; most active on cloudy days.
- Red salmon – rivers in the north; most active on overcast days.
How to get the legendary fish
Ride to the shore of Flat Iron Lake, to Gill Landing. Here you will also meet Gill. He will give you a map with all the Legendary Fishes on it.
For the Legendary Fishes, you will need special fishing lures.
Always watch out for goats when fishing
There are some billy goats that will run around you even if you have the chance. Watch out for them and avoid them.
If you have tamed the white Arab in Red Dead Redemption 2, you should know this peculiarity of some animals in such situations.
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Boats, boats, boats!
In the course of the game, you have to steal a boat and bring it back to camp. With this boat, you can go on lakes to fish in deeper waters.
Ice, Ice, baby! But not in Red Dead Redemption 2
Attention, ice fishing is not possible in Red Dead Redemption 2!
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