Visiting Venice, Louisiana; A Fishing Town With Lots To Offer

Right where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico is Venice, Louisiana. Once known only for commercial fishing and oil, this city is now one of the most popular sport fishing destinations in the United States. Salt Life has strong ties to Venice, Louisiana, where team members live, fish, and love to visit.

While our Salt Life team members live and travel worldwide, we have two who call Venice, Louisiana home. Jacki Shea works as an offshore deckhand and is working on using her captain’s license to become a full-time fishing guide. Louis Thornton, who was born and raised in Venice, is a full-time fishing and hunting guide. And while Captain Rick Thompson doesn’t technically live in Venice, he can frequently be found in town running charters for locals and visitors alike.

Fishing in Venice

There is no doubt that Venice, Louisiana, is a highly-regarded fishing destination. New and veteran anglers are welcome to visit to try their hand at catching speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tarpon, grouper, and so much more.


If you want to go fishing in Venice, there’s only one way to do it right. You can hire Captain Rick  or Captain Louis and Captain Jacki to take you out for a day you will never forget. Take advantage of their angling expertise and hometown knowledge to catch fish and experience everything Louisiana has to offer. They each spend more than 200 days a year fishing these parts, so it’s safe to say you’ll be fishing with the best.


Not too sure about fishing? Captain Rick also takes groups out into the bayou for cruises that feature tubing, swimming, and swamp tours. Combine food and fun by reserving a spot on Captain Rick’s destination/dinner cruises to Grand Isle, LA. 

You can learn more about these charters on our Salt Life Charter Captains Directory.

When to Visit
Hot summers and cool winters are pretty standard in Venice, LA. The town’s warmest days can reach around 90 degrees, while temperatures only dip into the high 40s and low 50s in the colder months. If you’re heading to Venice for outdoor activities like fishing, boating, or hiking, the best time to visit is March, April, May, October, or November.

Places to Stay

A unique asset to Venice, LA, is the variety of accommodations. There are full-service luxury resorts, charming bed and breakfasts, and plenty of spectacular cabins throughout this destination. No matter the purpose of your trip, size of your party, or budget, there is somewhere perfect for you to stay in Venice.

Restaurants & Bars

According to team Salt Life, the best restaurant in town is The Black Velvet Oyster Bar. This is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood, like Gulf of Mexico shrimp and the Parish’s finest oysters. Stop by Maw’s Sandwich and Snack Shop for shrimp, fish, and oyster sandwiches if you’re on the go. Wind down after a long day out on the bayou at Iguana’s, known for their famous Louisiana daiquiri.

It’s always nice to have insider tips from those who live in and frequent your upcoming travel destination. We hope you take advantage of these suggestions from our Salt Life team members who genuinely love Venice, Louisiana. Get to know Captain Jacki, Captain Louis, and Captain Rick by visiting the Salt Life Youtube channel. Safe travels!


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