On March 28th, New Orleans City Park will host its 68th 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!
Big Bass Rodeo Division
There are six fishing categories: Bass-Youth, Bass-Adult, Junior Anglers (12 and under for bream & cichlids), Cichlid and Bream Trim-team event for bream, cichlid and perch), Fly Fishing for bass or cichlid and Champions Challenge for past Bass winners to compete.
We eliminated the old category-Rio Grande Roundup (for cichlids) due to the low population in the lagoons (that’s a good thing!).
There is also a bonus prize for anyone catching the heaviest gar or catfish. All fishing must be done from the bank-no watercraft allowed in this division. All details, registration and rules & regulations under the tab: Big Bass Rodeo (click here).
Boats on the Bayou Division
This division is just for kayaks, canoes and other non-motorized vessels on Bayou St. John only. Categories include largemouth bass, trout, redfish and other species for trophies. A special “Red Tag Special” bonus will offer prizes for the heaviest cumulative weight of tagged redfish! This new division will have different rules & regulations, registration and fishing times from the traditional Big Bass Rodeo. All details, online registration and rules & regulations under the tab:
Boats on the Bayou (click here).
Don’t fish? Join us for a morning of fun at the Fishtival! From 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy music, casting contest for kids, educational exhibits, buy new and used fishing tackle, unique vendors, family-friendly activities, raffles and more! For more information on everything the fishtival has to offer, select the tab: Fishtival (click here).
Special thanks to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, our partners in the rodeo.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) works hard to make sure City Park’s Big Bass Fishing Rodeo is successful. From the time a fish is caught until it is released, LDWF is there to assist both anglers and fish alike. Their biologists serve as weigh masters, provide aerated tubs to safely hold live fish, and re-release the fish back into City Park’s lagoons after the tournament.
Click the link below to download a fishing map of City Park.