RDR2 Lake Sturgeon

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption II: Lake Sturgeon Fishing Guide

RDR2 Lake Sturgeon

Another large-sized fish you can catch in Red Dead Redemption 2 is the Lake Sturgeon, which is endemic to most lakes in the southern regions as well as the Lagras Swamps.

Lake Sturgeon are a fascinating and valuable fish species found in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Known for their large size and unique appearance, catching Lake Sturgeon can provide players with a range of benefits, including crafting materials, cooking ingredients, and opportunities to make a profit. 

The RDR2 Lake Sturgeon can be easily identified amongst other large fish species such as the Longnose Gar, Channel Catfish, Muskie, or Northern Pike due to its ganoid scales.

Although it’s quite large, you can attempt to catch this fish in the video game developed by Rockstar Studios, the moment you start Chapter 2.

In this article, we’ll explore the best locations, techniques, and tips for catching Lake Sturgeon, as well as the various uses for this remarkable fish.


“Lake Sturgeon are large, strong, bottom-feeding fish that dwell in the deeper waters of some Southern lakes and swamps. They can be tempted to bite by man-made Lake Lures. Lake Sturgeon are known to be more active during overcast weather. A huge Legendary Lake Sturgeon is rumored to have been spotted around the Lannahechee River delta.”

Recommended Fishing Spot and Bait:

On the map below you can see all RDR2 fishing spots where you can fish for Lake Sturgeons; however, our recommended location remains Kamasa River, just east of Rhodes.

On the other hand, if you attempt to catch a Lake Sturgeon in the swamps south of Lagras Bait and Tackle shop; you may catch a Channel Catfish since these two species share that habitat.

The recommended lure for this type of fish is the Lake Lure you can obtain from the same shop in Lagras. It’s also worth mentioning that overcast weather will help you get better results, but it’s not a decisive factor.

RDR2 Legendary Lake Sturgeon Location Map

Lake Sturgeon and Legendary Lake Sturgeon Fishing Spots

Tips for Successful Lake Sturgeon Fishing:

You should keep the following tips in mind while dealing with Sturgeons:

  • Be patient: Lake Sturgeon are known for their strength and endurance, so be prepared for a potentially lengthy battle when trying to reel one in.
  • Use the correct lure: As mentioned earlier, using the Lake Lure increases your chances of attracting Lake Sturgeon.
  • Find the right spot: Stick to the recommended locations on our map to increase your chances of encountering Lake Sturgeon.
  • Time of day: Although not crucial, some players have reported better success with catching Lake Sturgeon during early morning or late evening hours.

Lake Sturgeon Variation and Weight:

Like all other fish species in the video game, the Lake Sturgeon has two variations you can catch. The first one is the common sturgeon which has a weight between 14 and 20 lbs available in all areas marked on our map.

The Legendary Lake Sturgeon which is part of the mission named  A Fisher of Fish weights 46 lbs and you can attempt to catch it south-west of Saint-Denis. Its location is also marked on our map.

Selling Lake Sturgeon:

Catching and selling Lake Sturgeon can be a profitable venture for players.

The selling price of a Lake Sturgeon depends on its weight and quality, but generally, players can expect to make a decent profit.

To maximize your earnings, consider selling your catch to butchers or trappers who may offer better prices than general stores.

Cooking Recipes:

The sturgeon is a Flaky Fish; therefore, there is a limited number of recipes you can cook using its meat. Without any additional aromatic herbs, you can prepare Plain Flaky Fish.

By adding Thyme, Oregano and Mint you can cook Thyme Flaky Fish, Oregano Flaky Fish, and Minty Flaky Fish.

Crafting and Other Uses:

In addition to cooking, Lake Sturgeon materials can be used for crafting various items within the game.

The skin and scales of the fish can be used to craft unique clothing and accessories, while the bones and teeth can be utilized in the creation of tools and weapons.

By making use of these materials, players can enhance their in-game experience and showcase their prowess as skilled fishermen.

How to Catch:

Using the same fishing technique applied to catch all other large-sized fish species, will help you catch the Lake Sturgeon.

After you cast the line and hook the fish by pressing R2/RT, remember to tilt the left thumbstick down at small intervals while rotating the right thumbstick clockwise.

Reeling when the fish struggles, is not recommended; but you can continue to tilt the thumbstick in order to save some line.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Common Lake Sturgeon

A Common Lake Sturgeon in Red Dead Redemption 2

Fishing Gear and Equipment:

To maximize your success in catching Lake Sturgeon, it’s important to use the right fishing gear and equipment. Here are some recommendations:

  • Rod: While the game provides a default fishing rod, players can look out for special edition rods that may become available through in-game events or promotions.
  • Lure: Upgrading to a more durable and higher-quality lure can improve your ability to handle the strength and endurance of a Lake Sturgeon.
  • Bait: Using a stronger, and higher quality bait can reduce the chances of the line breaking during a battle with a large Lake Sturgeon.

By investing in the right gear and equipment, you can enhance your fishing experience in Red Dead Redemption 2 and increase your chances of successfully catching Lake Sturgeon.

Challenges and Achievements Related to Lake Sturgeon:

In Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online, there are various challenges and achievements associated with fishing and catching specific fish species, including Lake Sturgeon. Completing these challenges can unlock rewards and help players progress in the game. Some examples of Lake Sturgeon-related challenges are:

  • Catching a certain number of Lake Sturgeon or reaching a specific total weight of Lake Sturgeon caught.
  • Catching a Lake Sturgeon in a designated location or under specific conditions.
  • Catching the Legendary Lake Sturgeon as part of the ‘A Fisher of Fish’ Stranger mission.

To increase your chances of completing these challenges, follow the tips provided in this article, such as fishing in the recommended locations and using the appropriate lures.

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