Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you fish. This is a robust, enjoyable and rewarding affair that is perfect for the game as a whole. It's also a bit complicated, so we've put together a guide to help you learn the basics so you can start fishing quickly and have fun.
Fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2 is unlocked by playing The Story Mission in Chapter 2 "A Fisher Of Men" where you teach the young Jack Marston how to fish. They bring little Jack down to the river for a fishing lesson and this serves as an introduction to the system.
The first step is to remove your fishing rod from the Elements menu. Next you need to attach a bait that is divided into two categories: Bobber and Lure (more on that later).
Press and hold LT / L2 to grab the rod, and then RT / R2 to throw. How long you hold down RT / R2 determines how far the cast goes. It may take a few times to get a feel for it, but it's worth landing a cast exactly where you want it. If you have ejected your line, it depends on the bait used, what happens next. With a bobber you just have to sit and wait until you get a bite. You can tap RT / R2 to attract a nearby fish (if you are close enough to land you can even see the fish in the water). but do it too much and you will scare them. You need to wrap yourself with a bait until you feel a bite. If you see a fish, throw it behind and rewind the bait so the fish passes by. Wait until you feel a strong bite before "beating" – with a bobber or a bait – as fish often gnaw a few times before biting the hook. Once you have landed a fish, the real work begins.
The fish retreats instantly, and you will feel your line becoming tight, and your tail will bend in response to the pull. Wait until the fish is tired before rolling it up. If you try to roll like a fish, you are tearing your string. Slide the left stick with a fish on a leash in the opposite direction, where the fishing moves faster. You can also click in the right stick and press it in any direction to prevent the fish from pulling out more leash. However, you must be careful with this approach because you can align your line very easily. You also grab the line when a fish moves away from a stone or other object and falls behind it.
You roll yourself in by turning the right stick counterclockwise. You want to roll up as quickly as possible when the fish gets tired, and also think about how much leash you have, how taut the line is, and where the fish is in the water. Pressing the left handle as you roll up will speed up the process by bringing the fish straight in your direction. I found it helpful, if not a bit embarrassing, if I rolled up my thumb and forefinger at the same time even faster.
The number of combat actions of a fish depends directly on its size and type. You will be able to feed smaller fish like Bluegills, Rockbass and Blackbass at a relatively simple speed. But catching larger fish such as Sturgeon and Sockeye Salmon can result in fights lasting several minutes. If you catch your line, you will lose your bait or bait, but do not be discouraged, as there are plenty of fish in the numerous lakes, rivers and swamps of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Bait Types:  As in real life, choosing the right bait is crucial if you want to play a big bait. You can buy basic baits such as bread, corn and cheese, or spend more money on worms and crabs to help you land larger fish. There are also special lures for rivers, lakes and swamps as well as "special" baits that you need to catch the biggest fish and the legendary ones. Here is an overview of the types of bait we have met so far.
- Bread: good for smaller fish
- Maize: good for smaller fish.
- Cheese: good for smaller fish.
- Worms: excellent for medium-sized saltwater fish.
- Crabs: Good for larger fish in deeper parts of rivers and lakes.
- Great for attracting medium-sized river fish.
- River Lure: Attracts all small and medium-sized fish in rivers.
- Lake Lure: Attract Larger Sea Fishing Fish
- Swamp Lure: attracts swamp dwellings of medium and large fish
- Special Lures: increases your chances of catching medium to large river fish.
- Special Sea Lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large saltwater fish.
- Special Swamp Lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large fish p fish.
Bait And Tackle Shops:
The Bait And Tackle shop in Lagras sells everything you need to fish, including live worms, crabs and all kinds of baits. It's the only bait and tackle business we've found in the game so far.
Fish species and what to use
There are many different species of fish found in the lakes, ponds, rivers and swamps of Red Dead Redemption 2 can be found. Here are the ones we've caught so far, as well as the bait type, which offered the highest probability for a successful rolling up.
19659014] Redfin Pickerel – Bread
- Bluegill – Cheese
- Chain picker – Corn
When To Fish
The time of day is important if you want to have the best fishing success. Fish bite most in the early morning and in the afternoon as the beetles fly close to the surface. You should also try to fish when it rains, because the drops on the water make fish believe that bugs are nearby.
Where and under special conditions
To find the fish you are looking for, you must fish in the right place. Here is an overview of the places where we found the following fish:
- Bluegill – All lakes and rivers; most active during the 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 – Very clear water in the country; Most active on sunny days.
- Smallmouth Bass – Northern Rivers; most active during the rain.
- Bullhead Catfish – Swamps; most active during 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.
- Largemouth Bass – 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 during cloudy days.
- Sockeye Salmon – Rivers in the north; most active in overcast weather.
Another note is that fish, especially larger ones, loooovvvvve are hanging at the mouths of waterfalls because the water there contains more oxygen than other areas. Try it there if you have difficulties.
Head to the shores of Flat Iron Lake in the Heartlands to a place called Gill Landing. Here you meet a stranger named … Gill, who is a world renowned fisherman, or at least he wants you to believe. He gives you a map with the locations of 13 epic fish that you will find during the game. Grab them all and tell Gill for your prize. These are indeed powerful fish, so expect the toughest fishing matches the game has to offer. You need to use the above "special" baits to bag these big ones. The best advice I can give is to try to catch them if they are already near the shore, to significantly reduce roll-up time and improve the chances of landing the fish. Here is the map:
Beware of goats
In Lagras there are unkempt goats, which can cause problems when fishing. On several occasions, I fished near the wetland, and a goat struck me in the back and broke my fishing line as I came in. It was frustrating and I thought it might have been a mistake. However, this happened three times, so watch out for goats while fishing in Lagras.
At some point, a few hours before the game, you steal a boat and bring it to the camp. At this point, you can go further into a lake to find larger fish that live in deeper waters. You can also steal boats that you find on your trip to fish everywhere.
No Ice Fishing
Red Dead Redemption 2 has snow-capped, cold locations with frozen lakes and ponds and one of the legendary fish in a lake that is partially frozen. However, there does not seem to be any real ice fishing where you drill through the ice and throw a leash. It is hoped that Red Dead Redemption 2 will bring the guaranteed "Ice Fishing Expansion" down the road …