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Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival

Since 1946

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, 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, fishing tackle for sale, 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. 

Future Dates:  March 27, 2021

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    Big Bass Rodeo

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    Boats on the Bayou

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    Battle for the Bass

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    The Fishtival

    Fun for the entire family!

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    Register

    For any part of the event

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    History and Winners

    We've got fish tales to tell!

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    Wildlife & Fisheries

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    Committee and Contacts

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    Become a Sponsor

    Want to help out?

TWEETS FROM THE PARK:

  • Each year we place a new word in the Dripping Snow Tree at Celebration in the Oaks. Last year it was PEACE. GUESS THE WORD FOR THIS YEAR?
  • Have all the fun at the Celebration in the Oaks preview parties! Nov. 22, 23, and 24 - three parties with something… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
  • @Change_Agent_JL Most were lost in Katrina however reach out to the Development dept and they may be able to help 😊

CITY PARK FACTS:

The 50-acre Festival Grounds features a one-mile long 18-foot wide asphalt path for walking, jogging, and biking.