My son looks forward to the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo every year! It's become a father-son tradition for us.- Jeremy K.
Join the cast! The Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival draws anglers of all ages every year. Try your hand at hooking the biggest fish in City Park's lagoons. The main activities (registration and weigh-in) take place at the Casino Building (Morning Call) and Popp Bandstand.
Bass by fly rod/reel fishing*
Bass by spinning/spincast/baitcasting*
Team Event / Rio Grande Roundup
*Bass categories follow the same rules of past rodeos. See the Registration Packet for rules.
Junior Anglers: 12 years and under. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places to anglers who catch the single heaviest bream or cichlid.
Rio Grand Roundup: Teams with 2 to 10 members. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places to the teams with the the heaviest stringers of Rio Grande cichlids.
Please note: Because of the difficulty in keeping large numbers of cichlids alive, fish in the Rio Grande Roundup category do not have to be alive when brought to the weighmaster.
Champion’s Challenge: Past winners of a bass fishing category (baitcasting, fly or spinning) compete to win a single award given to the angler with the biggest bass.
Bonus: Catfish Kids
Additional awards in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are given to anglers 16 and under who bring in the heaviest catfish. Participants must be registered in one of the above categories to qualify for this event.
Please note: All fishing must be done from the bank – no kayaks, canoes or other vessels are allowed in the lagoons.
The Paul Kalman award is given to the angler age 12 or under catching the heaviest bass.
The Joe Courcelle award is given to the angler age 13 or above catching the heaviest bass. See the Registration Packet for additional details.
Don’t fish? Join a day of fun at the Fishtival! From 9 a.m. to noon, enjoy live music, educational exhibits, family-friendly activities, a raffle and more! Check out the Exhibits page for more information about activities and exhibits the Fishtival.