The best fishing games for the PS4 offer the single greatest alternative for when you're unable to actually get out on the lake. Many people spend summer afternoons out at the local watering hole with a boat, a reel, and some bait. They'll spend hours waiting for the fish to bite, and even if none show up, you at least got to engage in a relaxing experience. Much of the same can be said of these video games (except for the fact that you'll probably catch a whole lot more giant fish on your couch instead of on a boat).
The great thing about fishing games is that they offer all the beauty and comfort of casting out without, you know, actually having to go anywhere. Games like Rapala Fishing, for example, let you engage in epic fishing competitions to help you become the best fisherman the virtual world has ever seen.
Sure, games like Red Dead Redemption 2 feature some seriously detailed fishing side quests, but this list is focusing specifically on popular fishing simulation games. Vote up what you think are the best PS4 fishing games in 2020 so readers can see which game to pick up next.
Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour features an incredibly in-depth career mode where you work your way up from everyday fishing novice to a tried-and-true professional angler. As you work your way through the ranks, you'll increase your social media presence and get sponsorship deals.
With 10 venues to master and more than 199 other fisherman to compete with, there are plenty of ways to continue honing your craft. You can even earn sponsorships and grow your social media presence.
Developer: Dovetail Games245A "reel" whopper?
Rapala Fishing: Pro Series
Play in daily challenges and tournaments to win the title of professional angler. There are hundreds of different equipment and lure combinations you can choose from to get your gear just right. Keep an eye out for new tournaments that crop up all the time so that you can be the best in the world.
The Pro Series is known for its real-life accuracy, from the real Ranger boats to the underwater catch cams and more. You can even gain your own fishing sponsors who will help propel you toward stardom.
Developer: GameMill2412A "reel" whopper?
Fishing: Barents Sea
In Fishing: Barents Sea, you get to sail through Norwegian seas in hopes of landing "the big one." You'll catch all different kinds of fish as you continually get newer and better boats.
First available on Steam, and later ported to the PS4 and Xbox One, the soundtrack is really the main attraction here as it soothes you for hours on end as you bag one fish after the next. At its core, it's a great fishing game.
Developer: Misc Games2010A "reel" whopper?
Over 20 different varieties of fish are available to catch in Legendary Fishing, from largemouth bass to king salmon. As you play through the game, you will unlock new gear, destinations, and missions. Plus, you can play with others to have hours of fun.
With three different modes to choose from, players need to pick the right type of tackle to lure a specific type of fish. It's a lot like fishing in real life, except for the fact that you don't need to worry about unhooking your catch.
Developer: Ubisoft Entertainment101A "reel" whopper?