Fishing can be done manually or through the use of a fishing rod. When a fish is caught, the player may cook a fish to restore health, stamina or Dead Eye cores, donate it to the camp, or sell it for profit.
There are 15 types of fish that can be caught in Red Dead Redemption 2 with each types having their own legendary versions. These species of fish will differ in weight and size when caught or fished. Fish are commonly found in lakes, pond and rivers but some are exclusive to one habitat or region.
The following species appear in Red Dead Redemption 2:
- Bullhead Catfish
- Chain Pickerel
- Channel Catfish
- Lake Sturgeon
- Largemouth Bass
- Longnose Gar
- Northern Pike
- Redfin Pickerel
- Rock Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Sockeye Salmon
- Steelhead Trout
- Legendary Bluegill
- Legendary Bullhead Catfish
- Legendary Chain Pickerel
- Legendary Channel Catfish (cannot actually be caught)
- Legendary Lake Sturgeon
- Legendary Largemouth Bass
- Legendary Longnose Gar
- Legendary Muskie
- Legendary Northern Pike
- Legendary Perch
- Legendary Redfin Pickerel
- Legendary Rock Bass
- Legendary Smallmouth Bass
- Legendary Sockeye Salmon
- Legendary Steelhead Trout
Tools of the Trade
The primary tool for fishing is the fishing rod. The equipment is unlocked as the player progresses through the story, specifically in "A Fisher of Men". However, fishing rods can be found in random encounters within the game.
- It's a good idea to take note of good locations for each species of of fish. For example, one of the best areas to catch Sockeye Salmon is in O'Creagh's Run, especially during cloudy weather.
- Choosing a fishing spot clear of obstacles is advised, because they can break the line prematurely.
Baits and Lures
- Choosing proper baits and lures will help catching fish more easily. Small fishes like Bluegill or Perch tend to be attracted to baits, while ignoring lures. By contrast, Sockeye Salmon will generally ignore baits, but can be tempted by River Lures.
- To catch Legendary fishes, players need to use special lures which can be bought at a bait shop in Lagras.
Casting and Reeling
- When using lures, players have to slowly reel the lure in (In the real world, this technique is used to make lures look "alive" for fishes). On the other hand, players simply need to hold the rod still after casting when they use baits.
- A fish often nibbles a bait before biting. Wait until the fish actually bites it before hooking the fish.
- To reel the fish in without snapping the line, players should tire the fish out first. When the fish is tired, evident by the lack of splashing water, then they can be reeled in safely. Players may need to repeat this process several times, especially when catching large fishes or legendary fishes.
After Catching Fish
- Players may return a fish to the water. This action will increase players' Honor.
- While small and medium size fishes can be stored in the satchel, large size fishes need to be carried on the horseback. However, the horse can carry only one fish at a time.
- Like animal carcasses, the fish placed on horseback will decompose over time. As a result, the player should endeavour to sell or cook the fish before this can happen.
- Players are able to earn a considerable amount of money by catching and selling fishes such as Sockeye Salmon and Steelhead Trout, due to their high selling price. Furthermore, with the fully upgraded satchel, the player can store up to 99 of them in their inventory, potentially allowing for very big profits.
Achievements and Trophies
The player can attain these following trophies/achievement when specific requirements are achieved.
Catch a fish weighing at least 16 lbs (7.3 kg).
Study every animal across all states in Story Mode.