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FAQ/Walkthrough by Suprak the Stud

Version: 0.95 | Updated: 03/19/19

Compendium

Fish

After completing the A Fisher of Men mission in Chapter 2, you will unlock the fishing pole and be able to fish anywhere there is a body of water. Catching fish is simple enough, but finding all of them can be a bit more challenging since a lot of these fish only pop up in specific areas or during specific types of weather. Below is a list of all the fish in the game and information on preferred locations, weather, and lures. There will also be some information on where to catch lures and some general tips on fishing.

How to Fish

Fishing, for the most part, is quite easy. With the exception of some of the legendary fish who actually put up a bit of the fight, most of the fish can be reeled in within a couple of seconds. To fish, you first need to equip your rod from your menu. Equip lure or bait of your choice by holding down L1/LB to bring up the lure menu and then picking the one you want. Now that you're ready, hold down the left trigger to assume the fishing stance, and then hold down the right trigger to cast. Release when you're ready to toss out your lure. The longer you hold down the right trigger, the further you will cast the line. Make sure you hold down the left trigger the entire time to stay in your fishing stance. Your line will vibrate when you have a bite, and at that time you need to press the right trigger (or R2) to hook the fish. Once you have a fish, you wall to pull the line in the opposite direction the fish is pulling. When it stops, quickly rotate your right analog stick to real it in. Stop if it starts to fight again or you risk breaking your line and losing whatever lure you tossed out.

For the majority of fish, this will be enough. For large legendary fish, there are a couple of additional tricks that may help. Instead of just reeling them in normally, press down on the left analog stick and then quickly reel in as fast as you can. Let the line fall back to its normal position, then repeat this process again. It will actually pull the fish in for greater chunks, and you'll gain ground on the first quicker this way than you would otherwise. Another suggestion that I found useful for the largest of legendary fish is to "cheat" slightly and pause the game when needed. These can be absolute battles of attrition, and your hand is going to get tired out from how long it will take. There is no penalty for pausing, so you can use this whenever your arm starts to tire and build your strength back up.

One final note about the largest fish is they can pull your line completely out. They tend to pull for quite some time, and the game will tell you when you are running low on line. If your line does run out or break, you'll lose the fish and your bait and have to start all over again. There are a couple of ways around this. First, don't cast your line out all the way unless you need to. Most legendary fish have a fairly big area to fish from, and you don't win any bonus points by going extra deep into it. There are very few you can catch at the coastline, but there are a whole bunch you can catch without casting as far as you can. Secondly, if you move the right analog stick you can temporarily stop the line from being pulled out. Be warned though that doing this too frequently will cause it to break entirely, so only use if if you are in danger of the line being pulled out.

Good luck, and happy fishing!

List of Lures and Bait

There are a variety of bait in this game, each of which is good for catching specific types of fish. The list below will include information on where to find the lures and what kind of fish can be caught with the lure. Most fish can be caught with multiple types of lure, so the table below will only include information on what is the best lure for that specific fish. Note that legendary fish can only be caught with the special lures. The special lures (and all other baits) can be bought from the bait shop in Lagras, which is located near the middle of Lemoyne right in the middle of the swamps. You must first complete A Fisher of Men in Chapter 2 for the lure and bait in the bait shop to unlock, although certain bait and lure have additional requirements involved.

NameCostLocationFish Caught

Cheese Bait

N/AAutomatically obtained during storyRock bass and blue gill
Bread BaitN/AAutomatically obtained during storyRedfin pickerel and perch
Corn BaitN/AAutomatically obtained during storyBullhead catfish and chain pickerel
Worms0.50Lagras bait shopSteelhead trout
Crickets0.50Lagras bait shop (starting in Chapter 4 or after you complete Javier companion ability in Chapter 2)Smallmouth bass
Crayfish0.25Lagras bait shop or found in crayfish holesLargemouth bass
Lake Lure2.50Lagras bait shopMuskie and lake sturgeon
River Lure2.50Lagras bait shopNorthern pike and sockeye salmon
Swamp Lure2.50Lagras bait shopLongnose gar and channel catfish
Special Lake Lure20Lagras bait shop (only available after A Fisher of Fish starts)Legendary lake fish, muskie, and lake sturgeon
Special River Lure20Lagras bait shop (only available after A Fisher of Fish starts)Legendary river fish, northern pike, and sockeye salmon
Special Swamp Lure20Lagras bait shop (only available after A Fisher of Fish starts)Legendary swap fish, longnose gar, and channel catfish
Special SpinnerN/AReward for completing the A Fisher of Fish stranger missionAll legendary fish, muskie, lake sturgeon, northern pike, sockeye salmon, longnose gar, channel catfish

List of All Fish In Compendium (In Order)

Bluegill
LocationBasically everywhere. These fish can be found in both rivers and lakes all over the map, and will also appear in the swampy areas of Lemoyne. You really can't go wrong if you're looking for Bluegills.
WeatherAny, but slightly more abundant in the rain
LureCheese
Chain Pickerel
LocationAnother fish that can be found almost everywhere. They're found in both rivers and lakes throughout the map (although they are somewhat more abundant in rivers in the south and lakes in the north - they can still be located in both) and swamps as well.
WeatherAny, but slightly more abundant in the sun
LureCorn
Redfin Pickerel
LocationThese fish are localized primarily in the south. They prefer rivers, but if you fish with bread you can also find some in some of the southern lakes as well.
WeatherAny, but slightly more abundant in the sun
LureBread
Rock Bass
LocationRock Bass tend to be found mostly in lakes or ponds, and are much rarer in rivers. They also are unlikely to appear in swamps, so check lakes in the north or south when looking for Rock Bass.
WeatherAny, but slightly more abundant during sunny days
LureCheese
Smallmouth Bass
LocationRivers. The smallmouth bass is found almost exclusively in rivers, either in the north or the south. It is more common in northern rivers, but can be found in southern ones as well. It is unlikely to appear in swamps.
WeatherRain
LureCricket
Bullhead Catfish
LocationSwamps. They will not be found in rivers or lakes in the north or south at all. If you're looking for Bullhead Catfish, you will need to check out the swamps around Lemoyne.
WeatherRain
LureCorn
Perch
LocationNorthern bodies of water. Perch can be found either in rivers or in lakes, but they are exclusive to northern areas. So long as you use their lure of choice, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding some because these guys are everywhere.
WeatherSunny
Lure

Bread

Lake Sturgeon
LocationDeep waters of some southern lakes and swamps. Best fishing spots include both the northeastern and southwestern shore of Flat Iron Lake along with a decent portion right in the middle. You can also find them in the swamps of Lemoyne, including the eastern shore right along the big river that serves the the eastern edge of the map.
WeatherOvercast
LureLake Lure
Largemouth Bass
LocationRivers and lakes throughout the south. They can also be found in swamps as well, but deep lake water in the south tends to be where they are mostly highly abundant. They are unlikely to appear anywhere in the north.
WeatherRain
LureCrayfish
Steelhead Trout
LocationThey seem to be a bit everywhere, other than swamps. Your best best, however, is in southern lakes as they tend to be fairly rare everywhere else. Flat Iron Lake, in particular, is a great fishing spout when looking for steelhead trout.
WeatherRain
LureWorms
Channel Catfish
LocationSwamps. These fish can be found throughout the swamps of the Lemoyne region, particularly in some of the deeper waters. These are very big, so expect a long battle and you'll have to store them on your horse if you intend to keep them.
WeatherOvercast
LureSwamp Lure
Longnose Gar
LocationCertain swamp areas. Unlike the Channel Catfish, that can be found in most of the larger swampy areas, the longnose gar is a bit more particular about its habitat. You can find it in the long winding river area immediately south of Lagras (just south of where the Legendary Longnose Gar shows up) and in the northeast of the large swamp Lagras sits on.
WeatherOvercast
LureSwamp Lure
Muskie
LocationLakes in the north. This an exclusively northern fish, and you won't find any in the south. Your best fishing spots will be any of the lakes in Ambarino, and they seem in particular high abundance in Lake Isabella.
WeatherOvercast
LureLake Lure
Northern Pike
LocationNorthern rivers. They can be found in the Dakota River just north of Valentine or Spider Gorge around Coulter, amongst other places.
WeatherOvercast
LureRiver Lure
Sockeye Salmon
LocationRivers in the north. The northern part of the Dakota River, through New Hanover and Ambarino, seems to have a high concentration, but they can be found in almost any northern river.
WeatherOvercast
LureRiver Lure
Legendary Bluegill
Location

Flat Iron Lake. The exact location is just south of your camp in Chapter 3, and to the Southwest of Rhodes. However, it will not be added to your map at all until after you complete Kieran's fishing Camp Activity in Chapter 3. He will lead you right to it, and if you have the Special Lake Lure you can just catch it then.

WeatherRainy
LureSpecial Lake Lure
Legendary Chain Pickerel
Location

Dakota River. It can be found in the river just to the southwest of the Horseshoe Overlook camp. Like other legendary fish, it will not appear outside of this region.

WeatherSunny
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Bullhead Catfish
Location

Sisika Penetentiary. This island is a restricted area off the northwest coast of Saint Denis. This fish itself can be found in a river that runs through the middle of the western side of the island. Fish from the south bank of the river for best results.

WeatherRainy
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Redfin Pickerel
Location

Stillwater Creek. It is in the far east of New Austin, right near the West Elizabeth border. When you first enter New Austin, it will be one of the first things you come across. It is actually a series of small rivers that leads into the Lower Montana River, and the fish is in the southwest pond connected to these rivers. The best place to fish is the small pier on the north side of this pond.

WeatherSunny
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Rock Bass
LocationAurora Basin, a small lake west of Blackwater. You will not have easy access to the lake until your "wanted dead or alive" status expires in Blackwater, so consider waiting until later in the came to fish for this one. The lake is right along the western border of the map. The best place to fish for it is on the small pier that is near the middle of the northern shore of the lake.
WeatherSunny
LureSpecial Lake Lure
Legendary Smallmouth Bass
Location

Owanjila Lake, west of Strawberry. The best spot to fish for him is just north of Owanjila Dam, on the eastern shore of the lake. There are some rocks in this area you stand on and face westward into the lake.

WeatherRainy
LureSpecial Lake Lure
Legendary Perch
Location

Elysian Pool. It is in the northeastern portion of the map, to the southwest of Annesburg and just over the second "E" in the New Hanover text on the map. I had the most luck fishing from the northwest corner of the pool towards the center.

WeatherSunny
LureSpecial Lake Lure
Legendary Lake Sturgeon
Location

Just outside Saint Denis. If you go to the southwest corner of Saint Denis, you will find a railroad crossing going over a river. Stand almost in the middle of it and aim your rod southward to have a really good chance of catching the fish. While it is a "lake" sturgeon, if you equip your rod at the fishing spot it will still classify the body of water as a river. Either the Special Lake Lure or the Special River Lure will work here, but I was able to catch him using the Special River Lure my first try. Note that since you are fishing on the railroad tracks, you are further up and have a bit less line to work with so it is more common for this fish to get away than the others. You can either keep trying or, if you're having a lot of trouble, steal a boat and sail it out over to where the fish is at.

WeatherOvercast
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Largemouth Bass
Location

Located around the middle of southern New Austin on the San Luis River. Travel directly west of the first "S" of the San Luis River until you reach the western shore of the river. The bass can be found here, and the best fishing spot is directly west of the picture of the fish on your map.

WeatherRainy
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Steelhead Trout
Location

Willard's Rest. It is as far northeast as you can possible go in this map. There is a waterfall here at the edge, and a good spot to cast is slightly to the southwest of the waterfall, facing towards the southeast.

WeatherRainy
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Channel Catfish
LocationSadly, you cannot actually catch this catfish. Or, at least, no one knows how to catch it at the moment and Rockstar isn't giving any hints. You can, however, get this added to your compendium even without catching it. Complete the A Fisher of Fish stranger mission (see the Missions and Events section for more info). This involves catching 13 of the Legendary Fish and mailing them back to Jeremy Gill. Once that is finished, he'll take you on a fishing trip to find this legendary fish. You won't actually catch him during the mission, but afterwards the fish will be added to the compendium.
WeatherOvercast
LureN/A
Legendary Longnose Gar
Location

Bayou Nwa. It is just north of the abandoned Lakay town, which is to the northwest of Saint Denis. A good spot is right along the coast on the northwest corner of Lakay, looking directly north into the swamp.

WeatherOvercast
LureSpecial Swamp Lure
Legendary Muskie
Location

Van Horn. You'll want to go to the base of the lighthouse facing out eastward into the river. You'll need to be careful walking back, because there isn't a good path over that direction and you're likely to drop your fish a couple of times.

WeatherOvercast
LureSpecial River Lure
Legendary Northern Pike
LocationO'Creagh's Run, in northeastern New Hanover. This fish can only be caught as part of The Veteran - II stranger mission during Chapter 6, so do not try fishing for it before that.
WeatherOvercast
LureSpecial Lake Lure
Legendary Sockeye Salmon
Location

Lake Isabella, in the west of Ambarino. The actual spot it shows for the fish on your map is frozen over, so walk on the ice just north of that and you'll find a small portion of the lake that is still liquid. You best chance to catch it is there.

WeatherOvercast
LureSpecial Lake Lure