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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.

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

    High School Competition

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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:

The antique wooden carousel in Carousel Gardens was created by famed carvers Looff and Carmel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A post-Katrina renovation garnered national attention and praise from the National Historic Preservation Society.