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Fishing

Catch and release in the Park's scenic waterways

A man fishing in Bayou Metairie

A man fishing in Bayou Metairie

Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and City Park is no exception. Bass, catfish, perch and other fish can be found in the park’s 11+ miles of lagoons. Every spring, City Park hosts the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival, a one-day event featuring music, exhibits, a silent auction, a casting contest and demonstration, and of course, plenty of fishing.

To fish in City Park, you need a valid freshwater fishing license from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. No fishing is allowed on golf courses. No person may place their own boat in the park waterways. The park encourages anglers to catch and release fish.

Check out our Inside Guide to City Park Fishing for examples of fish you're likely to see in City Park and Bayou St. John waters. 

City Park's Fishing Pier located on Marconi Avenue

City Park's Fishing Pier located on Marconi Avenue

There are many great fishing spots in the Park. Most people who fish won't share their great secret places to fish! But we've seen many people fishing behind the Casino Building, up and down Bayou Metairie, in Big Lake, off the Fishing Pier on Marconi Avenue, and in the water ways in Couturie Forest. If conditions are right and you're patient, you could catch a fish and have a great fish tale to tell.

*Fishing is not allowed from boats (only from the shoreline). 

Zissis with his record breaking fish standing on the porch of the Park Administration Building

Zissis with his record breaking fish standing on the porch of the Park Administration Building

The record breaking catch:

Occured: August 15, 2013

Tim Zissis loves to fish in City Park because it brings back memories of his childhood – fishing with his father and younger brother starting more than 35 years ago.  Zissis’s father passed when he was only 16.  The now 44 year-old spends time at the park because he says it’s quality time with his dad.  While Zissis enjoys making friends with other fishermen enjoying the park’s waterways, the New Orleanian has also used fishing as a way to rehab, exercise and gain strength after a life-threatening infection almost caused his leg to be amputated last year.

On August 14th, around 3:30 p.m., Zissis, an avid City Park angler, cast his homemade plastic frog along the bank when a monster bass hit it.  Zissis fought the bass for about five minutes but the large fish spit the bait loose.  Zissis knew this was his dream bass – one of the biggest he ever sparred with.  When the fish got away, he literally fell to his knees, convinced his trophy was gone.  He regained his composure and made another cast.  All of a sudden, Zissis felt his line jerk.  A bass smashed his bait, again, four inches off the bank.  This time, success!  He knew it was the record when the fish jumped three feet out of the water.  He was amazed to see the size of the bass!  Zissis rushed over to City Park administration to show it off with hopes he broke the 9 pound City Park record.  He did – by .05 pounds.

After 35 years, Zissis has accomplished one of his life’s goals – catching a record-breaking bass in honor of his father.

Think you've broken the current record?

Fishing in the Park and think you've broken the current record? Here are the details you need to know:

-Must be a live fish

-Must be caught at New Orleans City Park

-Photographs are needed

-A photograph is needed of the weight displayed on a state-calibrated scale (fish markets near the Park have these, but make sure the photo shows the weight in decimal amount and includes the state ID tag that is located on all state inspected scales). 

-Witness statements to the catch are preferred

Bring the photos and catch over to the Park Administration building if during normal buisness hours. Email story, witness statements, and photos to JLacour@nocp.org. 

Above all, rememeber there is honor among fish and men. Please be honorable and follow all directions.