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.”
Recommended Fishing Spot and Bait:
We recommend trying to catch a Red-fin Pickerel in the southern side of Dakota River.
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.
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.
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.