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.
LDWF is equally devoted to fishing education and provides hands on learning opportunities for all ages at the rodeo’s Fishtival. Through activities such as casting lessons and a live animal touch tank, LDWF encourages the public to take part in a great Louisiana pastime while demonstrating the responsible use of Louisiana’s aquatic resources.
LDWF’s influence in City Park is not just limited to the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo. LDWF biologists continually monitor the fish populations and water quality to help protect Louisiana’s valuable natural resources. Successful management of fish stocks in City Park allows the department to maintain a popular urban fishing spot in New Orleans.