At first glance, the idea of a system like the Xbox One being an ideal console for fishing simulators sounds, well, kind of fishy. But that’s really not the case. Video games and fishing go back decades, and while the graphics and controls have evolved, so too have the mechanics. In fact, there are plenty of great Xbox One fishing games that are so realistic they're as close as you can get to the real thing short of heading outside with a rod, reel, and some tackle.
While there aren't that many great fishing games out there, we've compiled some of the biggest and most popular below. Not surprising, the bulk of these fishing games on Xbox One come from Dovetail Games, a developer known for pumping out ultra-realistic simulation games.
Sure, games like Sea of Thieves feature some seriously detailed fishing side quests, but this list is focusing specifically on fishing simulation games. From new releases like The Catch: Carp & Coarse to classic fishing games like Sega Bass Fishing, vote up all the best Xbox One fishing games in 2020 so readers can see which game to catch next.
The Catch: Carp & Coarse
If you're looking for a fishing game with a great deal of variety, look no further than The Catch: Carp & Coarse. This game focuses on species hunting, and everything about it involves hunting down specific species of fish. Doing so requires the knowledge of what to use when to use it, and how to get it done.
The game features 35 species of fish, which is considerably more than the other games on this list. There are an additional 125 legendary Boss Fish, which provide a unique challenge (as well as bragging rights), five incredible destinations, and hundreds of items of equipment from 20 licensed partners.
This title was designed by fishermen for fishermen, and it shows. The multiplayer options include events you can take part in to compete with your friends, and the beautiful graphics, physics engine, and advanced AI make for a challenging, yet entertaining new fishing game.
Developer: Dovetail Games1510A reel-ly great game?
Though it was originally developed for release on the Xbox 360, Sega Bass Fishing can still be found on the Xbox One system store, and that's definitely a good thing. This game is a fishing classic, and it still stands as one of the best in the genre.
Everything about Sega Bass Fishing is focused on the competitive sport of bass fishing, which is far more complicated than simply casting a lure into the water. If you're looking for a simulation that will help teach you the ins and outs of bass fishing, this is the game for you.
You have the choice of 14 different lures, and you can use those to compete in tournaments and try to snag the biggest and best bass in the water.
Developer: Sega01A reel-ly great game?
Rapala Fishing: Pro Series
Rapala is on the hunt for a sponsor for its next great angler, but only the best have what it takes to join their Pro Series team — do you think you have what it takes?
In Rapala Fishing: Pro Series, players can compete in world-class tournaments and daily challenges to improve their fishing skills. Earn bonus cash and climb the ranks to become the best professional angler for the #1 fishing brand in the world.
Awards and trophies are available for 17 species of fish, ranging from Large Mouth Bass to the Northern Pike. Each incredibly detailed real-world location offers up different challenges, but it's up to you to find and exploit the game's secret hot spots, and make them your own!
Developer: GameMill10A reel-ly great game?
If you're on the hunt for a realistic fishing game, look no further than Fishing Planet. This highly realistic fishing simulator offers up first-person multiplayer angling with everything you could imagine a pro fisherman might need.
Choose from your lures to land trophy-worthy fish, and best of all, you can fish with your friends from the comfort of your couch, thanks tot he incredible multiplayer features Fishing Planer offers.
The graphics are extraordinary, and the fluid dynamics offer a realistic simulation of water and physics, but above all else, the fish AI makes catching them completely dependent on your skills, so don't expect to land a trophy fish your first time playing.
Developer: Fishing Planet LLC11A reel-ly great game?