How to fish in Fortnite Chapter 2: rod locations, best spots, loot

Eli Becht

Fortnite Chapter 2 ditched the old map and brought in a completely new one that features a new mechanic that allows players to fish for weapons. Here’s how to fish in the game.

Loot Lake used to be the main source of water on the Fortnite map but that has all changed with the Chapter 2 map as water now covers a lot of it.

To help make traveling easier, Epic introduced boats that allow players to zip around the waterways and also added fishing as a leisure activity. 

Fishing in Fortnite is surprisingly deep so let’s just dive right in and learn about everything there is to know about the new feature.

Epic GamesThat’s a big one!

Where to find a fishing rod in Fortnite Chapter 2

If you’re looking to fish in Fortnite, then you’ll need to get a fishing rod first. Luckily, these are sprinkled all around the map and can usually be found by bodies of water.

You’ll be able to find them in a barrel near the water, or you can loot them off enemies. The rods will take up a spot in your inventory so you might have to make some sacrifices when deciding what to drop.

Epic GamesA look at what the fishing rod looks like in a barrel.

How to use the fishing rod

Once you get the fishing rod, it’s pretty easy to use. All you’ll have to do is cast into the water where you want and wait for bubbles to surface before you snap back the line.

Casting is done by hitting the right trigger or your right mouse button, but in case you can’t remember, Fortnite will display the controls directly on your screen.

You’ll then bring and item out of the water and depending on what it was, you might want to throw the line back in. There’s a lot of different things you can get from the water so spend some time trying to fish it all out.

Epic GamesFishing can be relaxing until you get shot at.

Best spots to go fishing

Most players will begin fishing right when they find the fishing rods, but there are some better spots out there.

The fish you catch can be used to heal you, so it’s more beneficial if you’re able to pull in the rarer fish for a bigger boost in health.

Rare fishing spots are indicated by the school of fish all circling around a specific spot. All you’ll have to do is toss your line in to catch them. These fish will provide extra health so they will make a nice addition to your inventory if you need healing.

Be on the lookout for groups of fish.

What can you fish up?

There is a lot you can grab from the rivers and pretty much all of it is useful in some way. If you’re gathering a bunch of fish, you’ll be able to carry those around instead of bandages.

Floppers will provide you with 50 HP and you are able to stack two of them. Slurp fish will essentially act as a Slurp Juice, so fishing is definitely not something you should overlook.

If you’re getting guns then you won’t have to rely on looting or eliminating enemies. There’s even a chance you can come up with a tin can, which deals a small amount of damage to enemies when you throw them.

There’s also a chance you could scoop up some building materials so fishing could potentially replace all of your early-game looting, provided you’re lucky enough.

Being the first one to fish in a match will also get you some bonus XP so there’s a lot of benefits for casting your line.

Epic GamesTin cans aren’t completely useless.

There you have it! This is everything you need to know to become a master of fishing in Fortnite.

Just make sure you aren’t engulfed by the storm while casting your line in the river!

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