Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, New Orleans City Park hosts its 70th annual Big Bass Rodeo, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country. Be sure and visit the free Fishtival with exhibitors, vendors, raffles, fishing tackle for sale, and more!

The traditional Big Bass Rodeo is a bank-fishing only event but in 2014, we added a new division called “Boats on the Bayou” for kayakers and other non-motorized vessels to fish for various species in Bayou St. John. Last year we added a new competition: Battle for the Bass, a high school competition presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, our partners in the Big Bass Rodeo.


2017 Winners List

Category: Trashbash
3rd place:
2nd place: Frank Toro 0.19
1st place Kaye Florane Award: Ty Hibbs 0.36

Category: Bass
3rd place: Megan Alfred 1.03
2nd place: Joseph Rigsby 4.55
1st place: Raye Christensen 5.11

Category: Redfish
3rd place:
2nd place:
1st place: Michael Misshore 6.39

Battle for the Bass
3rd place: Brother Martin
2nd place: Brother Martin
1st place: Mandeville High School - Bass Buster

Big Bass Rodeo

Category: Cichlid & Bream Trim Team Event
3rd place: Team Henderson 3.77
2nd place: Team Camo 5.82
1st place: Josh Maclusa 6.14

Category: Fly Fishing
Cichlid 1st place: Josh Mercadal 1.32
Bass 1st place: Justin Barnewold 0.10

Category: Champions Challenge
Daryl Delerno Jr. 3.22

Category: Bass Adult
3rd place: Stan Smith 3.21
2nd place: Mike Laviolette 4.44
1st place Joe Courcelle Award: Tim Zissis 5.31

Category: Junior Angler
Bream, Cichlid, Perch
3rd place: Teresa Sansone 0.55
2nd place: Liam Burke 0.88
3rd place: Trey Schaub 0.17

Category: Bass Junior
3rd place: Sam Tamberealla 1.66
2nd place: C.J. Magee 1.75
1st place: Garrison Schilling 1.90

Rodeo Booklet

    Big Bass Rodeo

    Boats on the Bayou

    Battle for the Bass

    Student Angler Fishing Tournament

    The Fishtival

    Fun for the whole family!


    For any part of the event

    History and Winners

    We've got fish tales to tell!

    Wildlife & Fisheries

    Committee and Contacts

    Become a Sponsor

    Want to help out?



Four concrete lions, some of the most recognizable residents of City Park, stand guard on the Peristyle where the stairs lead to the edge of Bayou Metairie.