Big Bass Fishing Rodeo

All the details about the rodeo!

On March 28th, New Orleans City Park will host its 67th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country.

Last year over 700 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. This year we are adding a new division called “Boats on the Bayou”, a special fishing from boats event only on Bayou St. John. 

Big Bass Rodeo Division
There are six fishing categories: Bass-Youth, Bass-Adult, Junior Anglers (12 and under for bream & cichlids), Rio Grand Roundup (team event for Rio Grande cichlids), Fly Fishing for bass or cichlid and Champions Challenge for past Bass winners to compete.  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).

Click the link below to download a fishing map of City Park.


Park Fishing Map

Rules and Regulations

Fishing Guide

    Big Bass Registration

    Six Fishing Catagories



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.