NEW ORLEANS — Drawing anglers of all ages from all over south Louisiana, the New Orleans City Park Bass Rodeo, in its 72nd year, is the nation's oldest freshwater fishing contest.

Beginning 6:30 a.m. Saturday (March 30) there's fishing from the bank or in the boats on the Bayou Canoe and Kayak division in Bayou St. John.

One of the growing categories is the Battle for the Bass by high school teams.

Registration begins at 6 a.m., weigh-in closes at 11 a.m. and the "Fishtival" from 9 a.m. to noon will have an awards presentation, live music, casting lessons, a fishing tackle flea market, the popular Mardi Gras tackle toss and educational exhibits.

"We'll have a mobile touch tank and aging groups and teach them how we actually age fish by using rings on the ear bones," said Danica Williams of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Tournament angler Jeff Bruhi gave us a few tips for someone trying to catch a trophy bass this weekend.

"Well the first thing is this is a highly pressured bass fishery, so downsize maybe to a small Rapala or trick worm," he said.

You can get more information on the City Park Bass Rodeo here.