RDR2 Sockeye Salmon

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Red Dead Redemption II: Sockeye Salmon Fishing Guide

RDR2 Sockeye Salmon

The Sockeye Salmon is one of the four medium-sized fish types you can catch while playing Red Dead Redemption 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The RDR2 Sockeye Salmon can easily be identified due to its red color, and you can see it jumping out of the water in the northern rivers.

Because it’s smaller in size than other fishes such as the Northern Pike, Longnose Gar, Channel Catfish, Muskie, and Lake Sturgeon; the Sockeye Salmon is easier to catch if you know where to look for it and what lures to use.

Make no mistake, though, the Sockeye Salmons are larger than the Redfin Pickerel, or the Bluegill, which are small-sized fishes. This means that they will still fight to escape when you hook them.


“Sockeye Salmon can sometimes be seen leaping upstream in their habitat of fast-flowing, cold river water. These hefty fish are sought after for their tasty, nutritious flesh. Choosy about bait, Sockeye Salmon will ignore food-baited bobbers but can be tempted by River Lures. They are known to be more active when the weather is overcast. The remote, freezing territory at the foot of the Western Grizzly Mountains is rumored to be home to a whopping Legendary Sockeye Salmon.”

Recommended Fishing Spot and Bait:

The recommended Sockeye Salmon fishing spots in Red Dead Redemption 2, are the northern rivers marked on our map above.

You should easily find plenty of RDR2 Sockeye Salmons in the river just north of Lake Isabella or Little Creek River. O Creagh’s Run is also one of the locations we recommend to those looking to catch this type of salmon.

Before heading to any of these locations, make sure you buy a River Lure from the Lagras Bait and Tackle Shop.

RDR2 Legendary Sockeye Salmon Location Map

Sockeye Salmon and Legendary Sockeye Salmon Fishing Spots

Sockeye Salmon Variation and Weight:

Similar to all other fishes in the video game, the Sockeye Salmon has two variations. Usually, the common salmon weights between 4 and 6 lbs.

The largest exemplar is the Legendary Sockeye Salmon, which is actually a monster with a weight of 54lbs 7oz.

Cooking Recipes:

Unlike other species, the salmon has a succulent flesh; therefore, you’ll be able to cook the following recipes: Plain Succulent Fish, Thyme Succulent Fish, Oregano Succulent Fish, and Minty Succulent Fish.

The first recipe requires only a fire, but for the rest of them, you’ll need aromatic herbs such as Thyme, Oregano, and Mint.

How to Catch:

If you successfully fished one of the large-sized species, the Sockeye Salmon won’t represent a challenge for you. But if you are used to catching small-sized fish things are a little bit different.

After you equip the lure, cast your line and slowly reel in using the right thumbstick. Hook the fish when the controller starts shaking, then keep your rod up by tilting the left thumbstick down.

When the Sockeye Salmon struggles to escape; stop reeling but continue to tilt the left thumbstick when you see the rod moving down.

Resume reeling when the fish is tired. Keep exercising this fishing technique because you’ll need it while fishing bigger exemplars.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Common Sockeye Salmon

A Common Sockeye Salmon in Red Dead Redemption 2

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