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 type having its own legendary version. These species of fish will differ in weight and size when caught or fished. Fish are commonly found in lakes, ponds, and rivers, but some are exclusive to one habitat or region.
The following species appear in Red Dead Redemption 2:
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 fish, 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 fish, 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 or legendary fish.
After Catching Fish
- Players may return a fish to the water. This action will slightly increase players' honor.
- While small and medium-sized fish can be stored in the satchel, large fish need to be carried on horseback. However, the horse can carry only one fish at a time, as they take up as much room as animals such as wolves, or a bison pelt.
- 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 fish 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.