Venice, Louisiana is known by many as the #1 fishing destination in the U.S., so it’s no wonder anglers from all over the country flock to this small community to enjoy fishing at its finest. Here we take a closer look at American’s hot spot for diverse fishing opportunities and the little place that we like to call home.
Located near the southeastern tip of Louisiana, just where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico, Venice is the jumping-off point for some insanely good inshore, offshore, and oil rig fishing. It is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Plaquemines Parish, LA, and the last community down the Mississippi accessible by automobile. Because of its southern terminus location at the end of the Great River Road, Venice earned its town nickname “The End of the World”.
Up until 1985 when Dave and Debbie Ballay opened the Venice Marina, Venice was best known as an oil and commercial fishing town. Dave was convinced of the area’s great potential for sports fishing after working on a Venice charter boat since 1977. He was proven correct, and Venice has since become a booming market for tourism creating vast opportunities for fishing charters, guide services, hotels, lodges, and restaurants.
Venice, Louisiana is no stranger to challenges. In 2005, along with many other towns nearby, Venice was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Afterwards, significant rebuilding, reopening, and reoccupation took place. Then, shortly after in April 2010, Venice faced yet another disaster when oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion began washing ashore in the community. After both catastrophes, Venice proved its resilience and fought to keep the tourism alive by continuing to offer great fishing and outdoor adventures.
Whether you’re interested in landing a huge, trophy fish offshore or merely looking to bring home a huge stock of freshly caught fish, Venice, LA is the place to go! From gorgeous redfish to record-setting tarpon, sailfish and tuna, you’re sure to experience the fishing adventure of a lifetime!