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Inside Guide to City Park Fishing

Fish you can expect to see in City Park & Bayou St. John

Fish of City Park
(and Bayou St. John)

Fishing has a long and storied history at City Park. The Park's 11 miles of lagoons have provided decades of enjoyment to anglers young and old. Generations of avid fishermen have hooked their first 'big one' at City Park under the watchful eyes of a doting father or caring grandmother. You don't need a $50,000 fishing rig to hook up with a keeper at City Park. All you need is your LA Fishing License, pole, bait & a little patience. We invite you to come wet a line & pass a good time.
Funny thing about fish - they swim where the water is! Our fish didn't respect their boundaries when Hurricane Katrina struck and consequently, most of them swam away. Working with the Louisiana Department of Fisheries we actively restocked the waterways. Once again folks are landing big bass and catfish.
The Park's waterways are teaming with a variety of fish. Photos of species you are likely to encounter are pictured below. Fish with an asterisk before the name are found only in Bayou St. John.

Largemouth Bass - Micropterus salmoides

Largemouth Bass - Micropterus salmoides

Blue Catfish - Ictalurus furcatus

Blue Catfish - Ictalurus furcatus

Redspotted Sunfish - Lepomis miniatus

Redspotted Sunfish - Lepomis miniatus

Bluegill - Lepomis macrochirus

Bluegill - Lepomis macrochirus

*Red Drum (Redfish) - Sciaenops ocellatus

*Red Drum (Redfish) - Sciaenops ocellatus

*Spotted Sea Trout (Speckled) - Cynoscion nebulosus

*Spotted Sea Trout (Speckled) - Cynoscion nebulosus

Rio Grade Chiclid - Herichthys cyanoguttatus

Rio Grade Chiclid - Herichthys cyanoguttatus

Spotted Gar - Lepisosteus oculatus

Spotted Gar - Lepisosteus oculatus

*Lady Fish - Elops suarus

*Lady Fish - Elops suarus

American eel - Anguilla rostrata

American eel - Anguilla rostrata

Theadfin shad - Dorosoma petenense

Theadfin shad - Dorosoma petenense

Inland Silverside - Menidia beryllina

Inland Silverside - Menidia beryllina

Diamond Killifish - Adinia xenica

Diamond Killifish - Adinia xenica

Golden Topminnow - Fundulus chrysotus

Golden Topminnow - Fundulus chrysotus

Gulf Killifish - Fundulus grandis

Gulf Killifish - Fundulus grandis

Rainwater killifish - Lucania parva

Rainwater killifish - Lucania parva

Mosquito Fish - Gambusia affinis

Mosquito Fish - Gambusia affinis

Least Killifish - Heterandria Formosa

Least Killifish - Heterandria Formosa

Sailfin Molly - Poecilia latipinna

Sailfin Molly - Poecilia latipinna

Sheepshead Minnow - Cyprinodon variegatus

Sheepshead Minnow - Cyprinodon variegatus

*Gulf Pipefish - Syngnathus scovelli

*Gulf Pipefish - Syngnathus scovelli

Warmouth - Lepomis gulosus

Warmouth - Lepomis gulosus

Redear Sunfish - Lepomis microlophus

Redear Sunfish - Lepomis microlophus

Black Crappie - Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Black Crappie - Pomoxis nigromaculatus

Naked Goby - Gobiosoma bosc

Naked Goby - Gobiosoma bosc

*Sheepshead - Archosargus probatocephalus

*Sheepshead - Archosargus probatocephalus

*Striped Mullet - Mugil cephalus

*Striped Mullet - Mugil cephalus

Printable version of the Fishing Inside Guide