Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, New Orleans City Park hosts its 71st 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. In 2016,  Battle for the Bass was presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries as a school competition for 7th through 12th grade students. 

Rodeo Booklet

    Big Bass Rodeo

    Boats on the Bayou

    Battle for the Bass

    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?



The park has 10 varieties of oak tree within its 1300 acres: Live Oak, Cherrybark, Cow, Nutall, Overcup, Post, Shumard, Water, White, and Willow.