A fun and free event for the whole family!

The Fishtival

You don’t have to fish to have fun at the Big Bass Rodeo & Fishtival! Bring the whole family, and while your angler casts around City Park you can catch a good time at the Fishtival, where you’ll find live music, a kids area with casting lessons, a fishing gear raffle, and a host of educational exhibits!

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9 am to 12 noon
Where: Near Popp Bandstand and the Casino Building

The Fishtival highlights many of the state’s fishing resources with interactive demonstrations and information. You’ll find booths from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, the New Orleans Fly Fishers, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary and more.  Check back for the complete list of exhibitors!

So many activities for the whole family! 

-Casting Contest for Ages 6-15
-Free cast net throwing lessons
-Play with “Coastie” the little tugboat
-Visit LDWF’s mobile touch tank-feel aquatic critters
-Pet animals from the Audubon Zoo
-Make your own fish paintings

and more!


-Local artists with unique gifts
-Ecology, conservation, wildlife exhibits
-Boating & fishing organizations

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 Master Naturalist of Greater New Orleans
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

So much fun!   

-$5 Raffle- win a fishing trip with Captain C.T. Go fish, keep your catch, and be on FOX8 News with BIGFISH Captain C.T. Williams.  

-$1 Raffle to wins prizes from a kayak, fishing gear and gift certificates from local restaurants!

-Buy a Big Bass Rodeo t-shirt

-Be sure to stay for the Mardi Gras toss of fishing gear - fill your tackle box!
  Music begins at 9:00 a.m. with a DJ---request your favorite songs while you browse.

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.


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The Great Lawn is a green space open to all visitors, but please remember a few rules: No organized sports, cleats or tent spikes are allowed on the Great Lawn.