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!


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    Committee and Contacts


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    Wildlife and Fisheries

    Past Winners

    From 1946-Present



City Park would not be the place it is today without President Rooseveltís Works Progress Administration efforts during the Great Depression. More than 20,000 men and women were employed to build bridges, roads, fountains, the Botanical Garden and Tad Gormley stadium, and to dig more 11 miles of lagoons - work all done by hand.