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New Orleans City Park's Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Boats on the Bayou kayak tournament is March 28th at City Park. This rodeo has categories for all ages and species of fish. Fish the lagoons from shore for bass, bream, cichlids and more or bring your kayak or canoe and fish Bayou St. John for redfish, trout, bass and other fish. All details at and registration online is now active.

March 12, 2015 at 6:15pm

New boating division of New Orleans City Parks Big Bass Rodeo fishing in Bayou St. John for tagged redfish and many other species for trophies and prizes. This is for kayaks, canoes and other non-motorized vessels. Date is March 29th. Please check for details. The Big Bass Rodeo (bank fishing only) will also be held on the same day along the lagoons in City Park. Plus a fishtival with exhibitors, DJ music, kids casting contest, raffle with fishing tackle and more!

February 27, 2014 at 8:32am

If any kayak clubs would like to come to our rodeo and fishtival just to display their kayaks and promote their club, please contact We supply tables and chairs--all you do is show up, setup your kayak and answer questions from the public about kayak fishing.

February 05, 2011 at 10:00am

City Park Big Bass Rodeo will be held on Saturday, March 26th. America's oldest freshwater fishing rodeo has categories for all ages and levels of experience. The fishtival will have lots of great exhibitors including La. Wildlife & Fisheries, N.O. Power Squadron, N.O. Fly Fishers and tons more. We will raffle off 3 charter boat trips and lots of fishing tackle. Come spend a fun day in the park. Visit our website at: or check out our new facebook page (search: big bass rodeo) and follow along with Parker the urban raccoon as he learns to fish so he can compete int he rodeo. Fun-filled storyline complete with photos that everyone will enjoy. Tight lines!

February 05, 2011 at 9:53am

The country's oldest freshwater fishing rodeo will be held on March 28th. This year we have 6 categories for kids of all ages plus cash bonuses for REDFISH!!! Yes, you read it correctly: REDFISH! There is a specially tagged redfish in Bayou St. John that is worth $1000 if caught. In addition, the three anglers who catch the three heaviest tagged redfish in BSJ will receive cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50. Let's talk bass--the lagoons are restocked and just last month 113 nice sized bass were released just for the rodeo. With the tons of cichlids, we have two categories that will provide a ton of fun for folks to catch these lively fish.

The Fishtival which is free and starts at 9:00am will offer over 20 exhibitors from various wildlife, ecolology, conservations and related organizations. For kids we will offer a casting contest, free fly fishing lessons, cast net throwing lesson and a special kiddie pool for age 6 and under to catch cichlids. There will be live critters to touch and observe and costumed characters from the estuary to take your picture with.

For details, visit:

Don't miss the fun this year! It's a great event for families too.

March 19, 2009 at 7:08pm

WINNERS--Big Bass Rodeo
Casting Contest
Ages 6-8 3rd Eli Larriviere
2nd Cole Dimaggio
1st Spencer Mullen

Ages 9-12 3rd Bradley Marshall
2nd Ory Stemley
1st Blake Chiquet

Rio Grande 3rd Team PIP
2nd Cichlid Assassins
1st Team Camo 961 fish

Bream 3rd Holden Jeffrey 3 oz
2nd David Beach III 3 oz
1st Matthew Martin 8 oz

Bass-Cast 3rd Mitch Rogers 2 lb 2 oz
2nd Albert Davis 2 lb 5 oz
1st Jerrold Pedesclaux 3 lb 4 oz

Bass-Fly 3rd None
2nd Brett Unbdemstock 1 lb 2 oz
1st Ralph Litolff 3 lb 4 oz

Bass-Spin 3rd Lou Barousse 2 lb 0 oz
2nd Paul Phelan 2 lb 10 oz
1st Cary Smith 2 lb 13 oz

Paul Kalman---Paul Phelan

Fishing trip with Capt. Vandenborre --------C.J. Incaprera

Fishing trip with Sanchez/Dubuc-------------Rob Umbdenstock

We had a great turnout with 650 anglers of all ages registering for the various categories. No one caught any tagged redfish in Bayou St. John but Team Camo caught 961 cichlids helping to reduce their population in the lagoons. We had special activities for kids: fly fishing lessons, casting contest, cast net lessons, various live animals from the marsh, and more. this was a great event for families and kids. Check (Big Bass Rodeo)to keep abreast of rodeo results and next years plans.

April 01, 2008 at 4:09pm

Saturday March 29th, wet your line in the lagoons of city park or Bayou St. John. We have a bonus section for redfish called the Red Tag Special---cash prize for first two anglers to present tagged redfish to weighmaster. Check for details of the rodeo and fishtival. We have lots of great activiities for the young anglers.

March 26, 2008 at 8:47pm

Kaye Florane (Big Bass Rodeo) Metairie, LA USA

Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival
Okay folks, two weeks from tomorrow marks the return of the 61st annual Big Bass Rodeo. We are planning a big event with lots of activities for all. This year we are adding a new bonus called "Red Tag Special". Check it out at Anyone registered in the rodeo may catch a tagged redfish in Bayou St. John on rodeo day (see rules) and win $100 cash plus a rod and reel. In addition we will be adding some big bass in the lagoons for the rodeo. I personally know that bass weighting 8, 7 and 6 pounds will be in the lagoons by rodeo day. We do want to remind everyone that the park is really closed to fishing until rodeo day on March 29th but if you do "test" the waters, please practice catch and release. Feel free to contact me for questions regarding the rodeo. Come on out!!

March 14, 2008 at 8:11pm

City Park Fishing Rodeo website is now updated for information on rodeo and fishtival.

City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival is Back!

City Park’s Big Bass Fishing Rodeo, a traditional New Orleans event, is believed to be the oldest freshwater fishing rodeo in the country and will return on March 29th, 2008. We have a huge event planned to celebrate our return after a 2 year absence due to Katrina’s devastating impact. Shorelines have been cleared, water quality improved and lagoons stocked with bream, catfish and bass. The rodeo includes fishing categories for bass and bream, a team event for Rio Grande Cichlids (non-native fish), a bonus for the younger anglers called “Catfish Kids’ and a tagged fish bonus for cash award. Registration begins at 5:00 a.m. and ends at 8:00 a.m. at the Casino Building, with weigh-in by the Bandstand at 11:00 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for kids (12 and under). Entry fee includes a free raffle ticket for fishing tackle giveaways. <br>If you don’t fish, be sure to join us for the Fishtival which is going to be expanded to include more activities for children and educational exhibits for everyone. For the children ages 6-12 years old, there will be a casting contest with winners announced at the Awards Ceremony. There will also be demonstrations on how to fly fish, and throw a cast net with an opportunity to try each. And, of course, the annual Mardi Gras toss of fishing lures. All ages will enjoy our greatly expanded educational area with exhibits from over 20 wildlife, conservation & related organizations. Also present will be artist Glinda Schafer with her beautiful marsh prints, Bill Dazet’s unique wooden fish carving and Bowen Jewelers’ fishing, nautical and N.O. jewelry. Have you ever wanted to be a TV fishing star? Now's your chance to win a charter fishing trip for two with Reel Excitement Charters & televised by Don Dubuc (Outdoors with Don Dubuc) or fish with Capt. Dudley, creator of the Deadly Dudley lure. Lots of fishing tackle will be raffled off and there will be a silent auction with special items such as a signed Hornets game ball, NBA chair, Saints football signed by Devery Henderson, handheld GPS, framed art print by Glinda Schafer, fish sculpture by Bill Dazet, antique fishing lures and more. Fishtival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. complete with food and music. <br>Take a kid fishing! This is a great opportunity to introduce children to fishing in a fun-filled and educational environment. We welcome children’s groups to fish in the team event-rio grande roundup (or any category). So bring the kids and enjoy a great day in a great park!<br>

March 04, 2008 at 3:18pm

City Park Bass Rodeo & Fishtival is coming back on March 29th, 2008. Lagoons have been stocked and shorelines cleaned. Five categories for fishing. Registration begins at 5 am at Casino. Details at
Fishtival begins at 9 am with lots of activities for kids such as casting contest, demo and hands on for fly fishing and cast net throwing. Educational area has lots of information for everyone on boating, fishing, environmental, conservation, etc. We have a ton of fishing gear to raffle as well as two chartered fishing trips to give-a-away. Food and music--bring a chair! Email me for info. Kaye Florane, rodeo chairman.

January 19, 2008 at 3:04pm

Fishing gear for St. Bernard kids!!!Today I delivered to Cookie Mundt (at what was Chalmette High School but now United) 121 rod and reel combo's with 3 boxes of plastics baits,etc. This tackle is to be given to the kids down in St. Bernard who as we know lost everything. What a way to start the spring (almost) with fishing gear to haunt the marshes in St. Bernard and take their minds off Katrina as they reel in tons of trout and redfish.

Special thanks to all the folks who donate tackle to my rodnreelgal program. There is one individual who prefers to remain anonymous that deserves great credit for keeping me with rods, reels, and tackle. To this wonderful person whom I shall refer to as "My Guardian Angel"-thank you for your continous support. Words cannot thank you enough. Your generosity will never be forgotten!

Now let's all go out there this spring and have a wonderful time fishing. Introduce kids--yours, your friends, or just a neighbor to the wonderful sport of Fishing!

Kaye Florane, aka, RodNReelgal

February 17, 2006 at 6:57pm
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