70th Big Bass Rodeo set for Saturday in New Orleans City Park

‘Battle for the Bass’ high school competition returns for 2017

Billed as the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country, the 70th Big Bass Rodeo is set for this Saturday, March 25, in New Orleans City Park.

The traditional Big Bass Rodeo is a bank-fishing only event, but kayaks and other non-motorized vessels will once again compete in the Boats on the Bayou Division on Bayou St. John.

And the ‘Battle for the Bass’ high school competition returns for its second year, allowing students in grades 7-12 to compete for a big trophy and bring bragging rights for their schools.

School teams can be made up of one to five students, and a single school can have more than one team represented. The teams with the best combined weight of two bass will be recognized. For more information, click here.

For the Big Bass Rodeo, registration for adults is $10 and it’s $5 for kids 12 and under. Fishing hours will be 6:30 a.m. until weigh-in starts at 11.

For Boats on the Bayou, fishing will be 7 a.m. to 10:30 am., with weigh-in starting at 10:30.

On-site registration is available for all three tournaments on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Registration tables can be found:

— At the Casino Building next to Morning Call Cafe on Dreyfous Avenue for the Big Bass Rodeo

— In front of the Morning Call Cafe on Dreyfous Avenue for Battle for the Bass

— At the bridge on Bayou St. John and Filmore Avenue for Boats on the Bayou

Online registration is also available through 5 p.m. Thursday by clicking here.

Those competing in the Cichlid and Bream Trim team event can only register in person on the day of the rodeo.

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