RDR2 Northern Pike

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Red Dead Redemption II: Northern Pike Fishing Guide

RDR2 Northern Pike

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Northern Pike is one of the 5 large-sized fish species you can catch while playing the action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Studios.

Unlike small-sized fishes such as Chain Pickerel, Rock Bass, or Bluegill, for example; larger fishes are harder to catch and they can be found in specific areas.

When fishing for a Northern Pike in RDR2 you also need to use a specific type of bait; as these fishes are smart and can’t be fooled with food bait.

Nevertheless, catching a Red Dead Redemption II Northern Pike is possible as long as you know its location and how to pull it out of the water.


“Northern Pike can be found in northern rivers. This large predator can prove tricky to catch, as it struggles fiercely when threatened. River lures are known to catch the Northern’s Pike eye while food baits hold no appeal. They are most active when the skies are gray and overcast. A massive Legendary Northern Pike is supposed to exist, or have existed, somewhere in the Grizzlies.”

Recommended Fishing Spot and Bait:

Since it prefers clean waters, the Northern Pike is endemic to rivers in the northern regions. On our map above you can see the locations where you should fish Northern Pikes in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Even if these rivers look small, keep in mind that the depth of the water will not affect your chances of catching a pike. Therefore visit any of these regions, after you buy the River Lure from the Bait and Tackle Shop in Lagras.

You can try catching a Northern Pike after you complete A Fisher of Men (Chapter 2).

RDR2 Legendary Northern Pike Location Map

Northern Pike and Legendary Northern Pike Fishing Spots

Northern Pike Variation and Weight:

The common RDR2 Northern Pike has a variable weight, but you should not expect to catch specimens heavier than 20 lbs or under 14 lbs.

On the other hand, the biggest exemplar is the Legendary Northern Pike which has a whopping weight of 46lbs 7 oz. Its location is also marked on our map above.

Cooking Recipes:

The Flaky Meat of Northern Pikes won’t give you too many cooking options in the video game. In other words, you can cook the same recipes you prepare using Flacky Meat from smaller fishes.

These recipes are Plain Flaky Fish, Thyme Flaky Fish, Oregano Flaky Fish, and Minty Flaky Fish.

How to Catch:

Catching a Northern Pike in Red Dead Redemption 2 is no easy task, and requires you to master a technique that you’ll also use while fishing the unique Legendary Fish.

Start by casting your line after you use the River Lure. Now slowly reel in the line rotating the right thumbstick clockwise.

When the fish bites, press and release R2/RT. Now the real fight begins. The trick in catching large or legendary fish in RDR2 is to keep your rod up. So, when the fish struggles, keep an eye on your rod and when you see it moving down, tilt the left thumbstick down.

Next, when the fish is tired, tilt the same thumbstick down, and keep rotating the right thumbstick. Wait several seconds then tilt again. Every time you do this, you’ll recover your line, and you’ll notice how fast the fish gets close to you.

Practicing this fishing technique is mandatory if you want to catch other similar species such as the Longnose Gar, Channel Catfish, Muskie, and Lake Sturgeon.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Common Northern Pike

A Common Northern Pike in Red Dead Redemption 2

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