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Big Bass Fishing Rodeo & 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.

THE FISHTIVAL:
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.

If interested in having a booth at the Fishtival, please complete the online form here.

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

Future Big Bass Rodeo dates: March 25, 2023

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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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    Rodeo Booklet

    Coming soon!

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    Register

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    History & Winners

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    Wildlife & Fisheries

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    Committee & Contacts

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    Become a Sponsor

TWEETS FROM THE PARK:

CITY PARK FACTS:

City Park would not be the place it is today without President Rooseveltís Works Progress Administration efforts during the Great Depression. More than 20,000 men and women were employed to build bridges, roads, fountains, the Botanical Garden and Tad Gormley stadium, and to dig more 11 miles of lagoons - work all done by hand.