Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, New Orleans City Park hosts its 73rd annual Big Bass Rodeo, the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country. Be sure and visit the free Fishtival with exhibitors, vendors, raffles, and more!

The traditional Big Bass Rodeo is a bank-fishing only event but in 2014, we added a new division called Boats on the Bayou for kayakers and other non-motorized vessels to fish for various species in Bayou St. John. In 2016, Battle for the Bass was presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries as a school competition for 7th through 12th grade students.

You don’t have to fish to enjoy the Fishtival! Bring the entire family, and while your angler casts around City Park, you can catch a good time at the Fishtival. There will be a DJ playing music, activities for all ages, great raffles, and a host of educational exhibitors. The Fishtival highlights many of the state’s fishing resources with interactive demonstrations and information.

Email Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov with questions.

Future Big Bass Rodeo dates: March 25, 2023

    Big Bass Rodeo

    Boats on the Bayou

    Battle for the Bass

    Student Competition

    Rodeo Booklet

    History & Winners

    Wildlife & Fisheries

    Committee & Contacts



Locals call the horses on the antique carousel the ìflying horsesî.