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 29, 2014 from 9 am – 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
-Crawl through the crab net maze
-Play with “Coastie” the little tugboat
-Visit LDWF’s mobile touch tank-feel aquatic critters
-Pet animals from the Audubon Zoo
-Try your hand at shooting pellet rifles at the LDWF’s trailer
-Make your own fish paintings

and more!


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

AudubonZoo-Wetland Express
Bogue Chitto State Park
Fleur De Lis Car Scents & More
Gwen Fazende-Artist
East Jefferson CCA
Ernie Elfer Chocolatier
Just For Me
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
LDWF-Office of Fisheries-Aquatic Outreach
Louisiana Wildlife Federation
LSU Agcenter & LA Sea Grant
Massey’s Outfitters
New Orleans Fly Fishers
New Orlean Power Squadron
LDNR-Office of Coastal Restoration
Pure Fishing
String A Bead
UNO, Nekton Research Lab
U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary and “Coastie”
Wish To Fish Louisiana

So much fun!   

-$5 Raffle to win one of 2-charter boat fishing trips with well know Captains C.T. Williams or Aaron Gelfand.

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

-Buy a Big Bass Rodeo t-shirt—first year with the Boats on the Bayou logo!

-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.


Fishing Guide

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The Anseman Oak reaches 60' high with a 118' crown spread and 23'7'' circumference. This great oak greets park visitors at the City Park Avenue Park entrance.