Christmas Tree Fishing Reefs in City Park

There will be stiff competition in this year’s Big Bass Fishing Rodeo – Brother Martin and Rummel students have already staked out their fishing spots and hope to be reeling in the biggest fish in the lagoons!
On February 15, 2018, New Orleans City Park, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), welcomed fishing clubs to the Park, from Brother Martin High School and Archbishop Rummel High School, to build fishing reefs using Celebration in the Oaks Christmas trees.
The fishing reefs will provide critical fish habitats and a boost to the aquatic food chain. Shortly after the Christmas tree reefs are installed, they will sink and create structure within the water. In water bodies lacking structure, baitfish tend to be scattered. As new hiding places, the Christmas tree reefs will attract smaller baitfish and the desired sportfish will soon follow.
As the trees decompose, the released nutrients spur a bloom in new aquatic vegetation, phytoplankton, and algae. This vegetation is the base of the aquatic food chain. Zooplankton forage on the new vegetation, and attract aquatic insects, snails, and crawfish. The abundance of life continues to multiply, as these species attract smaller fish that then bring the larger fish.
We don’t want to give away any secret fishing hot spots, but if you see a fisherman/woman sporting a Brother Martin or Rummel t-shirt, you might want to follow them to the lagoon!
We love our volunteers and the Park wouldn’t be what it is today without their help.
If you or your group would like to volunteer at New Orleans City Park, please email Tyler Havens, Volunteer Manager, at thavens@nocp.org.  
For more information about the upcoming 71st annual Big Bass Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, March 24th, please visit BigBassFishingRodeo.com.

- Johanna Gundlach, Sustainability Coordinator

jgundlach@nocp.org