RDR2 Redfin Pickerell

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Red Dead Redemption II: Redfin Pickerel Fishing Guide

RDR2 Redfin Pickerel

The Redfin Pickerel is one of the Fish Species featured in Red Dead Redemption 2, the video game developed by Rockstar Studios.

It is a small-sized fish which can be found in most rivers from the southern rivers (around Flat Iron Lake). It’s quite easy to catch very early in the game after you complete A Fisher of Men in Chapter 2.

If you’re looking to catch a regular Red Dead Redemption 2 Red Pickerel, you can do it in Dakota River, as you can see on the map below.

You should opt for this location because you also have the chance to catch Chain Pickerel.


“Inhabiting rivers all over the south, Redfin Pickerel is very small and easy to catch. Redfin Pickerel are predators and prefer all food baits, especially bread, over man-made lures. They are most active on warm sunny days. People say that a Legendary Redfin Pickerel dwells somewhere near Thieves’ Landing.”

To maximize your chances of catching Redfin Pickerel, try fishing during the morning and afternoon hours when the sun is shining. Overcast or rainy weather may result in fewer bites.

Recommended Fishing Spot and Bait:

We recommend trying to catch a Red-fin Pickerel in the southern side of Dakota River.

As a recommended lure, for the Redfin Pickerel, you should use Bread Bait. This lure also attracts Chain Pickerels and Perch.

Other great locations for catching Redfin Pickerel include Stillwater Creek, Lower Montana River, and Flat Iron Lake.

Exploring these various spots increases your chances of finding Redfin Pickerel and offers more diverse fishing experiences.

RDR2 Legendary Redfin Pickerel Location Map

Redfin Pickerel and Legendary Redfin Pickerel Fishing Spots

Redfin Pickerel Variation and Weight:

The regular pickerels in Red Dead Redemption II weight between 0.5 and 2.0 lbs.; however, you can also try catching a larger version known as the Legendary Redfin Pickerel.

A Legendary Redfin Pickerel weights 10lbs and 3 oz.

To catch the Legendary Redfin Pickerel, head to Stillwater Creek, east of Macfarlane’s Ranch. Using a Special River Lure will increase your chances of attracting this elusive fish.

Cooking Recipes:

Using this fish you can cook 4 Flaky Fish recipes; assuming you have all the necessary herbs.

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

Catching Redfin Pickerel offers various rewards and uses in the game. You can sell the fish for a profit, use them as materials in crafting recipes, or mail them to Jeremy Gill for unique rewards

How to Catch:

The usual bobber fishing technique is required to catch this type of fish. Wait for the fish to bite the bait, and press R2/RT to catch it.

Keep rotating the right thumbstick clockwise when the fish is calm, and stop when the fish struggles. When reeling, pull down the left thumbstick to bring the fish in faster.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Regular Redfin Pickerel

A Regular Redfin Pickerel in Red Dead Redemption 2

To improve your chances of catching Redfin Pickerel, make sure to cast your line in areas with visible fish activity or where you see fish jumping.

Additionally, keep an eye on the bobber, and be patient as you wait for the fish to take the bait.

Besides Redfin Pickerel, Red Dead Redemption 2 features a variety of fish species, such as Chain Pickerel.

Understanding the similarities and differences between these species can help enhance your overall fishing experience in the game.

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