A fun and free event for the whole family!

The fishtival:
You don’t have to fish to enjoy the Fishtival! Bring the whole family, and while your angler casts around City Park, you can catch a good time at the Fishtival. There will be a DJ playing music, special activities for children, great raffles, a host of educational exhibitors, and new and used fishing gear for sale at great prices! The Fishtival highlights many of the state’s fishing resources with interactive demonstrations and information.

When: Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Where: Near Popp Bandstand and the Casino Building (Morning Call Café)

Activities for children:
• Visit Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries mobile touch tank—touch aquatic critters
• Casting contest for ages 15 and under
• Make your own fish prints
• Play with “Coastie” the little tugboat from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
• Pet animals from the Audubon Zoo

Raffles, Exhibitors, Vendors and More!
• $1 raffles for kayak, fishing gear, restaurant certificates, and a variety of gifts
• Mardi Gras toss of free fishing lures at the start of the Awards Ceremony
• Buy a Big Bass Rodeo t-shirt
• Ecology, conservation, wildlife, boating exhibitors
• Local artists with unique gifts

Last Years’s Exhibitors:
Audubon Zoo-Wetland Express
America’s Wetland Foundation
Bogue Chitto State Park
Gwen Fazende-Artist
East Jefferson CCA
Ernie Elfer Chocolatier
Fairview State Park
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Louisiana Wildlife Federation
Massey’s Outfitters
New Orleans Fly Fishers
New Orleans Power Squadron
LDNR-Office of Coastal Restoration
Pure Fishing
Save The Date Artistry
String A Bead
UNO, Nekton Research Lab
Uptown Angler
U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary and “Coastie”
Wish To Fish Louisiana

Fishing Flea Market:

Buy used fishing tackle! Visit the Wish to Fish tent and find used and new fishing gear at really good deals. Rods, reels, and who knows what you might find! All proceeds go to Wish to Fish Louisiana. Come make a donation and help support a program that gets youth away from television and video games and back into the great outdoors. For more information on Wish to Fish Louisiana go to or give us a call at 504-628-7282.


Fishing Guide

Fishing Map



If you pass through City Park at night or early in the morning, you'll notice LED lights illuminating the Monteleone Columns at the Lelong entrance to the park. The colored lights are changed for holidays and special events.