Stardew Valley – How to Catch Red Snapper

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In Stardew Valley, players will have a lot of possible hobbies and jobs they can do in their spare time besides tending to their crops. As you will usually just have to plant, water, and harvest crops, you will need to find something better to do in your spare time.

Fishing is the most profitable pass time in the early game of Stardew Valley, as you can easily get instant gold to help you purchase new items for the farm.

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The Red Snapper is one of the most common fish in the early game of Stardew Valley, and many players can find it difficult to catch it due to the hard fishing minigame.

You can catch a Red Snapper in Stardew Valley by fishing at the Beach during the Summer and Fall on rainy days. If you selected the Beach Farm, you can also catch it on the farm.

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How to Catch a Red Snapper in Stardew Valley

The Red Snapper is a saltwater fish that you can only catch in Stardew Valley by fishing at the Beach or at the Beach Farm (if you chose it at the start of the game) during the Summer and Fall while it rains.

You can also attempt to catch it in the Winter if you use a Rain Totem.

Unfortunately, you can’t just fish at any time during the day, though. The Red Snapper is only available from 6 AM to 7 PM. Luckily, these are the common hours for most players to try to catch fish. 

The Red Snapper is relatively easy to catch since it only uses basic up and down movements to escape your hook.

To catch the Red Snapper in Stardew Valley, you will just need to be careful as you move the green bar toward the fish and usually try to keep the fish in the upper side of the bar.

When it rises, try to touch it only with the upper part of the green bar to easily go down when it drops.

Luckily, it is the 10th easiest fish to catch in the game when it comes to pure movement difficulty.

How to Catch It When It Doesn’t Rain

One of the annoying things about catching a Red Snapper is that it can only be caught while it rains. Since you can’t really control the weather all the time without totems, you will need other ways to catch this early-game fish.

From Qi’s Walnut Room on Ginger Island, players can purchase 20 Magic Bait for 5 Qi Gems. You can also buy the recipe to make them yourself for 20 Qi Gems.

This Magic Bait can be attached to the Fishing Pole to ignore season, time, and weather requirements for catching fish.

This means that if you use Magic Bait while fishing in the ocean, you have a decent chance of catching a Red Snapper, no matter the season or time of day.

You can only use the Magic Bait with the Fiberglass Rod or with the Iridium Rod, so make sure to bring one of them along for your fishing session.

Since Ginger Island is a relatively late-game area, you aren’t likely to use the amazing Magic Bait early in the game, but if you just want to catch the Red Snapper to complete a quest or for gifts, this is the best way to go about it.

Where to Catch a Red Snapper

The only place you can attempt to catch a Red Snapper in Stardew Valley is the ocean at the Beach or the one on your Beach Farm during rainy Summer or Fall days.

All other bodies of water will yield only other types of fish.

You can easily catch it if you attempt to get it in shallow water, as there won’t be a lot of competition. Players will most likely end up getting either trash or the Red Snapper.

What to Do with a Red Snapper

Unfortunately, since the Red Snapper is one of the easiest fish to catch in Stardew Valley, you won’t really have a lot of use for it:

  • Complete the Ocean Fish Bundle
  • Cook Food
  • Red Dye
  • Fish Pond

Community Center Bundle

The most common reason to catch a Red Snapper in Stardew Valley is to complete the Ocean Fish Bundle at the Community Center. Once you do this, you will normally never have to catch one again.

Cook Food

If you manage to catch a lot of them by accident, you can use them as part of the common food recipes that use fish since they aren’t that expensive:

  • Maki Roll (Recipe Source: TV, 21 Summer, Year 1)
  • Sashimi (Recipe Source: Mail, Linus, 3 hearts)

Red Dye

Since you can get a lot of Red Snappers, you can use them as Red Dye at the Sewing Machine or Dye Pots inside of Emily’s house.

Luckily, it is a weak dye material, which means you can use it to reach the exact hue of red you want using it. You would need 4 Red Snappers to make a shirt the purest red you can get.

Fish Pond

Most Fish Ponds are very useful since they give you passive resources that you would normally have to go through a lot of effort to get.

Unfortunately, the Red Snapper continues to be a disappointment as it can only produce Roe in the Fish Pond. The only use you could have for the Roe is that you could use it as an Orange dye material, even though it’s red.

That’s everything you need to know about how to catch a Red Snapper in Stardew Valley!

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Adrian Oprea

Based in London, United Kingdom, Adrian Oprea is a Guides Writer. As a professional single-player RPG player, Adrian has often been stigmatized. He has decided to pour his frustration into writing guides!

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