How to Fish and How to Unlock Fishing

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How to Fish and How to Unlock Fishing

Fishing is a classic pastime in Red Dead Redemption 2 that needs to be unlocked. This page goes over how to fish and how to unlock fishing in RDR2.

How to Unlock Fishing

To unlock fishing, you’ll need to progress in the story. Specifically, in Chapter 2, you’ll gain access to a mission called A Fisher of Men.

In this mission, you’ll take Jack Marston fishing at a nearby lake. It acts as the fishing tutorial. Once you have completed the fishing tutorial, you’ll have unlocked fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2.

How to Fish in Red Dead 2

After you’ve unlocked fishing, you can take out your fishing pole whenever you’re nearby a fishable body of water.

How to Equip your Fishing Pole

How to Bait your Fishing Pole

  1. Hold L1/LB while your fishing rod is equipped to open the bait menu
  2. Equip the bait by selecting it with the right stick, scrolling through different types with R2/L2 or RT/LT, and releasing L1/LB.

Once you’ve used the bait, you can quick equip the same type by pressing triangle/Y.

You can fish in just about any body of water. Pay attention to the type – lake, river, or swamp – to know which type of bait to use. It will say what the bait is good for in its description in the menu.

How to Fish

  1. Hold L2?LT to “aim” the fishing pole.
  2. Press R2/RT to cast. Tap it to short cast. Hold it to cast it long distances.
  3. Wait for a bite if you have a bobber, or entice a fish by rotating the right stick slowly if you have bait or a lure.
  4. When your controller continuously vibrates, it’s time to hook the fish with R2/RT.
  5. Tire the fish out, don’t reel it in yet. When the water is splashing, the fish could break your line. Instead, control your rod in the opposite direction the fish goes with the left stick.
  6. Sometimes, when a fish is especially large, it will pull out your line when it struggles. Prevent it from doing this by holding the right stick in any direction while also controlling it with the left stick. If you do this too much, however, your line can snap.
  7. When the fish is tired, evident by the lack of splashing water, reel it in by rotating the right stick clockwise.

How to Get Bait in Red Dead 2

There’s a bait shop on the northwest coast of the lake/swamp of Lagras, which can be found north of Saint Denis. Visiting the shop will allow you to purchase bait in Red Dead Redemption 2.

The woman here sells various types of bait, and three different types of lures that have infinite use.

Check out How to Catch Legendary Fish and Legendary Fish Locations to see how to unlock more lures.

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