Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On April 2, 2016, New Orleans City Park will host its 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country. 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. This year we are adding a new competition: Battle for the Bass, a high school competition presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, our partners in the Big Bass Rodeo. Be sure and visit the “free” Fishtival with lots of exhibitors, vendors, raffles, fishing tackle for sale and more!

Rodeo Booklet

    Big Bass Rodeo

    Boats on the Bayou

    Battle for the Bass

    High School Competition

    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?



Getting to City Park from the French Quarter: We are located less than 10 minutes by cab or car. Or, take the scenic route: the Canal streetcar (be sure to hop on the one marked ìCity Parkî) delivers you to the entrance of City Park at Esplanade Ave.