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Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, New Orleans City Park hosts its 72nd 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

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    Big Bass Rodeo

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    Boats on the Bayou

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    Battle for the Bass

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    The Fishtival

    Fun for the whole family!

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    Register

    For any part of the event

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    History and Winners

    We've got fish tales to tell!

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    Wildlife & Fisheries

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    Committee and Contacts

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    Become a Sponsor

    Want to help out?

TWEETS FROM THE PARK:

CITY PARK FACTS:

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.