The RDR2 Channel Catfish is endemic to the swamps of the Bayou Nwa area as it prefers waters with deep mud and aquatic plants.
Trying to catch a common Channel Catfish in Red Dead Redemption II, is also a challenge because the weather plays an important role.
“Channel Catfish lurk deep in muddy swamp waters, where aquatic plants provide shade and cover. Large, with a keen sense of smell, they find Swamp Lures irresistible but ignore most natural baits. They dislike bright sunlight, being most active in overcast weather. In the Rio Bravo border region, the local folklore tells of a colossal Legendary Channel Catfish, but there are no official records of such a creature.”
Recommended Fishing Spot and Bait:
As you can see on the map below, the Channel Catfish in Red Dead Redemption 2 can be found in 3 specific spots; however, this doesn’t mean you won’t encounter this species in other areas as well.
The location on the map, show where you have the best chances to catch a Channel Catfish while playing the game.
As mentioned above, when you attempt catching this type of fish, the weather is important; thus you get better and faster results if the weather is overcast.
Catching a Channel Catfish with live bait could also prove difficult, so make sure you buy the Swamp Bait from the Lagras Bait and Tackle Shop.
Channel Catfish Variation and Weight:
In RDR2, the Channel Catfish has two variations and should not be confused with the Bullhead Catfish which is a small-sized fish.
Based on its weight, you can catch common catfish with a weight between 14 and 20 lbs, or maybe a Legendary Channel Catfish which is colossal and weights 180lbs and 7 oz.
The RDR2 Legendary Channel Catfish; however, spawns only after you mail all 13 Legendary Fish to Jeremy Gill, as part of the stranger mission named A Fisher of Fish.
At this point, Jeremy will invite you on a trip to Rio Bravo, and you’ll be able to find the Legendary Channel Catfish. It’s worth mentioning that you need to reach Epilogue 1 in order to access this trip as well as the Legendary Channel Catfish in Red Dead Redemption 2.
If you follow the mission you’ll eventually find that the Legendary Catfish actually doesn’t exist.
Having a Gritty Meat the only Red Dead Redemption 2 cooking recipe you can prepare from a catfish is Gritty Fish.
This specific recipe doesn’t require any special ingredients but you’ll need a fire to cook the fish.
How to Catch:
The fishing technique required to catch a Channel Catfish is similar to the one used for all other fish species with a similar size.
Cast your line once you equip the recommended lure, then start reeling slowly by rotating the right thumbstick clockwise. Hook the fish with R2/RT then continue reeling when the fish is not fighting, keeping your rod up all the time.
When the rod starts to move down tilt the left thumbstick down, and reel in for 2 seconds, then raise your rod again.
Repeat this step tilting down and reeling for 2-3 seconds, then tilt again to bring in the fish faster.
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