Redfishing Louisiana - Venice

Sportsman's Lodge - Houseboat

Venice Redfish and Offshore Fishing

Fly/Spin Sightfishing and Conventional Fishing

Venice, on the edge of the Mississippi River delta, is called the Sportfishing Capital of the World. You'll stay aboard Sportsman's Lodge, a redfishing and duck-hunting liveaboard hotel in the marshlands of Louisiana. Fly or spin fish for inshore redfish and speckled trout in the vast marshlands and close barrier islands during the spring, summer, and fall.

Venice, Louisiana

Louisiana Redfishing

The Mississippi River Delta is a historical term for the confluence of the Mississippi with the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. The Delta stretches from Vermillion Bay on the west to the Chandeleur Islands in the east, a three-million-acre area.
Sportsman's Lodge, a floating lodge, is in the Venice Marina. Each day, your guide will come and pick you up from the backdoor of the Lodge.

See our other Redfishing Liveaboard package Dogwood Lodge in the Biloxi Marsh.

Fishing Facts

Biloxi Fishing Boats

Season:  Year-round fishery. Big redfish move into the marsh during the fall and early winter months.
Travel Time:  From the Liveaboard, it takes 10 to 45 minutes, depending on where the fish are. You'll cross the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, then enter the western edge of the marsh.
Guides:  The Lodge works with outstanding and reputable guides for your customized hunting and fishing activities.
Fly/Spin Sightfishing Packages:  Guides use technical poling boats such as Hells Bay and Chittum skiffs. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Conventional Lure/Bait Fishing Packages:  Guides use 24' to 26' bay boats. Three to four anglers per boat and guide.
Packages Include:  Fuel, ice, flies or tackle, and fish cleaning. If you plan to take fish home, you'll need to bring Ziplok bags and coolers.
Equipment:  The guides supply all rods, reels, and tackle.
Licenses:  You will need a NR LA saltwater 3-day charter passenger license, $20.00. Make sure you have licenses before your arrival, as they do not sell them at the marina. Call 1-888-362-LDWF or visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov The Lodge will advise on the hunting licenses pending your activity.

Inshore Fishing

Biloxi Fishing Boats

Inshore Fishing:  Six-hours of guided fishing from departure to return. The Venice area is close to marshes and several barrier islands, offering the best spring, summer, and fall coastal fishing for redfish and speckled trout. Other species include alligator gar, jacks, black drum, and sheepshead.

Offshore Fishing Charters

Dining Room and a Cabin Bedroom

Offshore Fishing:  Eight to 10 hour fishing days from departure to return. This location offers easy access to the finest offshore fishing just off the mouth of the Mississippi River, as the continental shelf is closer to the mouth than anywhere else in the continental United States. Depths of over 1,000 feet are as close as 15 miles offshore. In addition, the offshore and coastal waters are dotted by hundreds of natural gas platforms and dozens of tethered semi-submersible platforms. The offshore fishery is one of the most diverse in the world, with opportunities to catch blue and white marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, grouper, cobia, amberjack, and snapper.

Sample Fishing Day:
Early hot breakfast.
The guides pick you up at the Lodge'S doorstep, a time is set the evening prior.
Lunch:  The Lodge provides a packed lunch, bottled water, and soft drinks for you on the boats.
Between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., the guides will return you to the Liveaboard.
Appetizers and open bar, followed by evening meal.

Duck Hunting Charters

Self-Serve Bar in the Lounge

Venice is surrounded by vast marshes. Guided and unguided duck hunting charters are available from the Lodge. Duck Hunting is exceptional in the winter. Arranged duck hunting charters – two options: 1) $300.00 per person, you will be put in a blind, decoys put out, and birds and decoys picked up for you. If you are a duck hunter, a guide in the blind is not a necessity. 2) $400.00 per person; you'll hunt from a boat or blind with a guide. Bird cleaning is included. Bring your own shotgun and shells. Teal season is usually the last two weeks of September and all duck season usually runs mid-November – late January with a two splits in between. Seasons are set annually.

Sportsman's Lodge

Front of the Houseboat with Walkway

In 2013, Southern Way Charters opened Sportsman's Lodge, a 110-ft. houseboat in the Venice Marina.

Great Room Area

Leather Furniture in a Circle with Television

The Lodge is fully air-conditioned. The great room has a flatscreen television and a dining area.
Communications:  Free Wi-Fi access. Most cell phones work here.

Two Twin Beds with Nightstand Between

Eight bedrooms are upstairs, five full bathrooms, and one suite room with a full bath. Each room has a flat-screen TV with Direct TV.

Appetizers of Shrimp, Blueberries, Crackers and Dip

Meals:  Hot breakfast. Packed lunch and soda/bottled water for the boat. Back at the Lodge, you'll enjoy appetizers, memorable southern and cajun cuisine, and great hospitality.
Alcohol:  The Lodge has a self-service open bar with beer, wine, and liquor for non-fishing hours. By law, the Lodge cannot provide alcohol for your fishing day, but you can purchase it at the marina store.

Boating Up to Sportsman's Lodge at Sunset

Getting to Sportsman's Lodge:

Venice is a 90-mile drive (about two hours) south of New Orleans, on the edge of the Mississippi River Delta. You can rent a car or take an Uber from the Airport to the Venice Marina.

2023 Rates

Our advice is free.
We never charge more than the Lodges we represent.


5-nights and 4-days guided inshore fishing
$2,910.00 per person
6-nights and 5-days guided inshore fishing
$3,575.00 per person

OR Customize Your Package:

Liveaboard Hotel Rates:
Lodging Includes: Lodging, meals, and a complimentary bar.
Double-Occupancy Lodging:  $250.00 per person per night
Single-Occupancy Lodging:  $325.00 per night

Offshore Fishing Charters Include:
Up to 6 anglers $2,300.00 per boat per day.
You'll pay for the fuel at the fuel dock at the end of your fishing day, about $1,500.00 per group per day.

Inshore Guided Fly-Fishing Packages Include:
Up to 2 anglers $830.00 per day

Conventional Inshore Fishing Packages Include:
Up to 3-anglers $1,000.00 per boat per day
4-anglers $1,100.00 per boat per day.
Plus, live bait which will be added to your lodge invoice.

Hunting Charters:
Guided Duck Hunting $400.00 per person per hunt.
You'll need to bring your own shotgun and shells. Bird cleaning is included.
Unguided Duck Hunting charter $300.00 per person per hunt.
Guided Hog Hunting Charter: (End of January thru March/April) are $1,650.00 for up to 2 hunters per airboat, plus fuel.
Guided Nutria Hunting Charters $1,150.00 for up to 2 hunters/airboat, plus fuel.

Fishing Packages Include:

• Use of rods, reels, and tackle
• Ice
• Bait (only for offshore charter)
• Fish cleaning
• Lunch
• Bottled water and soft drinks
• A $150.00 fuel charge will be added for trips to the nearby oil/gas rigs or   Breton/Chandeleur Islands.

Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare to Louisiana and return
• Ground transfers from New Orleans to the Venice Marina and return
• 10.95% sales tax, added to Lodging portion
• Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
• Fishing license, $20 for 3 days
• Packing and shipping of your catch, available at the marina
• For Offshore Fishing, your group will pay for the fuel
  at the fuel dock, about $1,500.00 per day.
• Alcohol during guided trips
• 6.45-percent lodging tax
• Global Rescue or similar medical/safety evacuation insurance
• Travel insurance
• Anything not covered under inclusions.

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Fishing Travel Experts


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com