The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, our partners in the rodeo, introduced this new category in 2016. This category offers students grade 7-12 an opportunity to compete for the Battle for the Bass trophy to bring back to their school along with bragging rights for an entire year. LDWF is working to promote fishing in schools and increase the number of fishing clubs throughout the state. The Battle for the Bass competition will offer incentives from Berkley to sign up early and give a fishing package to the top team. Each student from the top three teams will receive an award. All students grade 7-12 are invited to participate in this event. For questions please call Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282.
Who may participate and how do you form a team?
Any students between 7th and 12th grade may participate in this tournament. Teams can be between 1 and 5 students. A school can have more than one team represented.
What are the categories?
There is only one category for this tournament, bass. The teams with the best combined weight of 2 bass will be recognized for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
What is the registration fee?
Pre-Registered fee is $5 per student
On-Site Registration fee is $10 per student
How do I register?
You can pre-register online between Monday, February 6th and 5 pm on Thursday, March 28th. Click here to register. No wristbands will be mailed ahead of time. You must pick them up on site starting at 6 am at the Battle for the Bass Registration area in front of the Casino Building.
If you do not pre-register online, you can register at the rodeo on March 25th between 6am and 8am. Registration will be held in front of the Casino Building on Dreyfous Avenue in City Park. Save time and print out the registration form ahead of time. The registration forms can be found here.
Where can I fish?
All lagoons in the Park are open to fishing except the Bayou Oaks North Course, Bayou Oaks South Course, anything under construction and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Bayou St. John is considered part of City Park and is open to fishing. This is event is only bank fishing!!! No boating vessels are allowed in lagoons within the Park.
What else do I need to know?
• Each team member will be given a wristband and must be wearing wristband to have their fish weighed at Weigh Station.
• At least one member from each team MUST check in to receive wristbands, raffle tickets, guidelines, and goody bags.
• Fishing begins at 6:30AM and ends at 11AM. Anglers must be in the Weigh Station line by 11AM for their fish to qualify to be weighed.
• Students registered for Battle of the Bass may register to fish in both the Big Bass Rodeo and the Battle for the Bass divisions but fees for each division must be paid. However, students registered for Battle for the Bass may not participate in Boats on the Bayou.