The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and New Orleans City Park are getting ready for the 73rd annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 26. There’s sure to be something for everyone at the oldest rodeo in the nation with a fishing category for every age and a FREE family friendly Fishtival. The day also includes the Battle for the Bass, a student fishing tournament, and Boats on the Bayou – a kayak and non-motorized vessel tournament on Bayou St. John.
The Big Bass Rodeo is a catch-and-release shore fishing tournament for anglers targeting the largest bass. For junior anglers (ages 12 and under), the rodeo includes competitive categories for heaviest bass or heaviest cichlid, bream, or perch.
The Battle for the Bass Tournament is for students in grades 7 through 12 to represent their schools in teams of up to five anglers and battle it out for the heaviest two-bass combined weight. The winning team will take home bragging rights for the year as well as the three-foot Battle for Bass trophy to display at their school.
Boats on the Bayou is open to anglers with kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft and offers two competitive categories: Bass and Trashbash.
The FREE Fishtival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the grandstand area in front of Popp’s Bandstand on Dreyfous Avenue in City Park. The event will feature music as well as educational and hands-on activities for kids. LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish will be on hand for photo opportunities.
Prizes will be bigger and better this year thanks to partners such as Massey’s Outfitters, Berkley, Puglia’s Sporting Goods, Gus’ Tackle and Nets, and Marsh and Bayou Outfitters. There is still time to be a part of the oldest freshwater fishing tournament in the United States. If interested, there are many ways for you or your business to get involved. Individuals or groups can volunteer the day of the Rodeo by assisting LDWF staff or offering an educational activity. If your business is looking to get involved, sponsorship opportunities are available for all three tournaments, as well as donations for the Fishtival raffle.
A recreational fishing license is required for participants 16 years and older. To purchase a license online, click HERE.