Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Easily the best fishing game I have played in a long, long time, and instantly climbs to the top of my list of all-time fishing titles. It's that good. [Oct 2004, p.136]
  2. 61
    An average game at best and it doesn’t offer any compelling reasons to pick it over the competition.
  3. 60
    Whether you're reeling in a king mackerel in Alaska or a peacock bass in the Amazon, there's still not enough spice to make up for the fact that you're fishing.
  4. The right analog stick gives the player control over their fishing rod, enabling a very realistic overhead casting motion - it rocks. [Nov 2004, p.94]
  5. No game will drive you to REM sleep like Rapala Pro Fishing, the greatest sedative available for PS2. [Oct 2004, p.98]
  6. It's only when something large or coveted decides to take a bite that the game lurches from 'pleasant but dull' to 'almost quite exciting'. Well, for about thirty seconds anyway, until your would-be prize catch drops the lure and swims off. After that it becomes dull again. [PSW]
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. JohnariusWilliams
    Jun 19, 2008
    10
    This game is awsome I just got pass the chinuk hunt with two 45lb king salmon and i was amazed i won and after that i beat the bass challencge with 4 smallmouth bass totaling 15 lbs the people who are giviving this game a seven or lower i am sorry to say this but u don't know how to fish on a game and off and i am thirteen years old and i am a semi pro and going to be a pro after i learn a couple of more things about how to and when to locate the best coverage vegatatoin for 5 to 10 lb bass. And if u have a problem with what i just said e-mail me at jwilliams12345678910@yahoo.com thank you and learn how to fish!!!!! Full Review »
  2. MikeLamens
    Apr 26, 2008
    10
    This game is awsome but i cant catch a walley to get past it if you know how please let me know. For anyone who is trying to catch a king salmen, use the longcast minnow or LC minnow. Find a salmen and when it sees it real a little slower and then set the hook and fight it. good luck! Full Review »
  3. JeffD
    Mar 20, 2008
    6
    The Muskie Hunt tourney on normal is rediculous AND unrealistic. You will need to constantly adjust your drag to land the fish with any control. Activision should have added a faster reel speed instead.

    That said, try moving tention to 4 (and rarely 5) when the fish start swimming toward the boat inside of 50 feet, where your line usually falls slack. Then move back to 3 when the line gets tight again. Don't listen to what the guide says on how to fight the Muskie. Try to keep the fish on one side of the boat so when it makes it's run to the boat you have a much higher chance of landing it when it gets close. As far as location and lure choice I just pulled up to the 3 post marker that is close to your start location and throw toward the house to start with and then left of the house, right of the house and repeat in no certain order. When a Muskie "looks" at your lure slow down your retrieve. Also, they will bite at a higher chance when your lure is 35' or closer to the boat. They will actually bite better AFTER they look at it if you just bump the retrieve (one tick of the reel). After you have 3-4 fish in the boat pull toward the house about 1/3 of the way and repeat the same casts as before. I used the S Shad Rap (Super Shad Rap) Redhead the entire time, 20 lb test finesse and medium 9'6" tournament rod. The Muskie will only bite from 1:12 to 0:50 so if you don't have 6 by then start over.

    When I figured out the system I actually caught 8 in the time limit. Just remember to land the fish as soon as possible so try to figure out how to keep it on one side of the boat and be ready for when it runs to the boat. Sometimes when it is very close (within 10 or less feet) bump the drag back up to 4 and it will give you the added pull you need to get it in. Hope this helps!

    JD
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