Hold L1/LB while your fishing rod is equipped to open the bait menu Equip the bait by selecting it with the right stick, scrolling through different types with R2/L2 or RT/LT, and releasing L1/LB. Wait for a bite if you have a bomber, or entice a fish by rotating the right stick slowly if you have bait or a lure.
When your controller continuously vibrates, it's time to hook the fish with R2/RT. Instead, control your rod in the opposite direction the fish goes with the left stick.
When the fish is tired, evident by the lack of splashing water, reel it in by rotating the right stick clockwise. There's a bait shop on the northwest coast of the lake/swamp of Laura, which can be found north of Saint-Denis.
Visiting the shop will allow you to purchase bait in Red Dead Redemption 2. It's also somewhat involved, so we've put together a guide to help you learn the basics, so you can quickly start to catch fish and have a fun time.
You take little Jack down to the river for a fishing lesson, and this serves as your introduction to the system. The fish will immediately pull back, and you'll feel your line get tight, with your rod bending in reaction to the tugging.
You can also click in the right stick and push it in any direction to prevent the fish from taking more line out. Pushing the left stick down as you reel in speeds up the process because it brings the fish directly in towards you.
I found it was helpful, if not a little embarrassing, to use my thumb and index finger at the same time to reel in even faster. The amount of fight a fish puts in is directly related to its size and type.
But catching larger fish, like Sturgeon and Sockeye Salmon, can entail fights that take multiple minutes to complete. If you snap your line, you'll lose your bait or your lure, but don't get discouraged as they are plenty of fish available in Red Dead Redemption 2's numerous lakes, rivers, and swamps.
Just like in real life, selecting the right bait is critically important if you want to reel in a big one. You can purchase basic bait types like bread, corn, and cheese, or spend more money on worms and crayfish that help you land bigger fish.
Crayfish: good for larger size fish in deeper parts of rivers and lakes. Swamp lure: attracts swamp dwelling medium and large size fish Special River lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large river fish.
Special Swamp lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large swap fish. The Bait And Tackle shop in Laura sells everything you need for fishing, including live worms, crayfish, and all lure types.
There are many types of fish that can be found in Red Dead Redemption 2's lakes, ponds, rivers, and swamps. Here are the ones we've caught so far, as well as the bait type that provided the highest likelihood of reeling them in successfully.
Bluegill -- Cheese Chain Pickerel -- Corn Redfin Pickerel -- Bread Rock Bass -- Cheese or other natural baits Small mouth Bass -- Any type of natural bait Bullhead Catfish -- Cheese or corn Perch -- Bread Lake Sturgeon -- Lake lure Large mouth Bass -- Crayfish Steel head Trout -- Worms Muskie -- Lake lure Sockeye Salmon -- river lure Early morning and afternoon are when fish bite the most, due to bugs flying close to the surface.
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. Perch -- Rivers and lakes across the country; most active during sunny weather.
Steel head Trout -- Lakes, mostly in the south; most active during rainy weather. One further note is that fish, huge ones, loooovvvvve to hang out at the mouths of waterfalls, as the water there is more oxygenated than other areas.
Head to the shore of Flat Iron Lake in the Heartlands to a place called Gill Landing. The best advice I can give is to try to catch them when they're already close to shore, to cut down on your reeling time significantly and improve the odds of landing the fish.
At a certain point a few hours into the game, you will steal a boat and bring it to camp. At this point you can use it to head further into a lake to go after the bigger fish that tend to live in deeper water.
You will discover it if you accept Kieran's offer to go fishing during Chapter 3. Legendary Chain Pickerel To catch the Legendary Chain Pickerel, use a Special River Lure along the Dakota running northwest of Flat neck Station.
Legendary Large mouth Bass You can fish for this Legendary Bass southeast of Lake Don Julio, on the shore of the San Luis River in New Austin. Legendary Muskie To catch the muskie, head to the lighthouse at the south end of the Van Horn Trading Post in New Hanover and use a Special River Lure.
Legendary Redfin Pickerel You can fish for the Legendary Redfin in the largest pool of Stillwater Creek, between Thieve's Landing and Macfarlane's Ranch in New Austin. Legendary Rock Bass You'll find this Legendary Bass in the Aurora Basin, at the head of the Lower Montana River to the west of Manzanita Trading Post in the Tall Trees region of West Elizabeth.
Legendary Salmon The Legendary Salmon swims in the cold waters of Lake Isabella, far to the northwest of Valentine in the Grizzlies West region of Marino. Legendary Small mouth Bass You can catch this Legendary Bass with a Special Lake Lure in Lake Manila, to the west of Strawberry between the Big Valley and Tall Trees regions of West Elizabeth.
Legendary Sturgeon Fish for this Legendary Sturgeon by dropping a Special River Lure off the railroad bridge over the mouth of the Lannahechee River (or rowing out a boat), between Saint-Denis and Rhodes in the southern part of Lemon. Legendary Trout The Legendary Trout can be found in the basin far north of Johannesburg, in the northeast corner of New Hanover, up the Amass River from Brandy wine Drop.
However, you'll unlock additional bait after accepting A Fisher of Fish. Once you've caught a Legendary Fish, store it on your horse and immediately head to the nearest post office.
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Baits & Lures play an important part in attracting fish to your line. Certain baits with specific lures are required to be able to catch different types of fish in the game.
General Goods and Grocery Stores in towns and cities have a selection of baits and lures that players can choose from. Use your Left Joystick to pull the fish in the opposite direction to where it's headed.
What you should do instead is to brace the rod to keep the line secure then reel it in again once it stops squirming. Check the water for alligators and your surroundings for other predators to have a safe fishing trip.
You can find them across most bodies of water including the game's many rivers, lakes and streams. Releasing fish is one of the fastest and easiest ways to raise your Honor.
You can spot the location of the Muskie to the south of the piers of Van Horn Trading Post. The Perch can be fished out of the Elysian Pool Head northwest of the Van Horn Trading Post, west of the Jawbone Clearing and use the Lake Lure to catch this fish.
The Redfin Pickerel can be fished out of Stillwater Creek, to the east of Macfarlane's Ranch and west of Thieves Landing. The Rock Bass can be fished out of the Aurora Basin, it's located to the west of Manzanita Post, near Blackwater.
You can fish out the Small mouth Bass in Manila, a lake to the west of Strawberry. The Sockeye Salmon can be found in Lake Isabelle, it's right to the north of Mount Hagen.
There is only one of each Legendary Fish that can be found in the game so it can be a bit of a challenge to catch them. To catch a specific Legendary fish, you need to match your lure with their preference.