Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On April 2, 2016, New Orleans City Park will host its 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country. Last year over 600 anglers sought largemouth bass and other species hoping to earn bragging rights and a trophy. Unlike high caliber bass fishing tournaments, this nonprofessional rodeo provides fishing categories and activities for all ages and is a great time to enjoy springtime in the Park. Last year 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. We had 89 registrants and expect lots more this year!

Click for the 2015 Rodeo Booklet

    Big Bass Fishing Rodeo

    Boats on the Bayou

    The Fishtival

    Fun for the whole family!


    For any part of the event

    Committee and Contacts


    Want to help out?


    We've got fish tales to tell!

    Wildlife and Fisheries

    Past Winners

    From 1946-Present



At her request, upon her death in 1914, New Orleans philanthropist Sara Lavinia Hyamsí jewelry collection (valued at $30,000/at that time) was sold and the proceeds were used to construct a fountain for the children of New Orleans. The fountain is located inside the gates of Carousel Gardens.