May 21, 2017 | Kim Higgins
Discover NOLA: Are you aware that City Park has more than 11 miles of lagoons, where you can find an abundance of fresh fish, such as bass, perch, catfish and other fish? Please visit the website at: City Park welcomes you to fish but encourages you to catch and release the fish. In addition, you must have a valid freshwater fishing license issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Please note that fishing is only allowed from the shore; never from a boat. Check out the link for the Inside Guide to City Park Fishing:, where you will see photos of the large variety of fish caught in City Park’s lagoons, such as the blue catfish, speckled trout, redfish, the American eel, and many more. 
The largest fish caught in City Park is recorded to be a 9-pound bass caught in 2013 by Tim Zissus, who frequently fishes in City Park’s lagoons. If you think that you have broken a record in City Park, be sure to take the following steps to ensure that you get credit for your catch:
    • Must be a live fish
    • Must be caught at New Orleans City Park
    • Have a photo of fish’s weight on a state calibrated scale (can be found in fish markets near the Park) and make sure it shows the weight in decimals and includes the state ID tag that’s located on all state inspected scales
    • Witness statements to the catch, if possible
    • Bring photos and the catch to the Park Administration building during business hours and email your story, witness statements and photos to


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