Trip Overview 

Located in the southernmost part of Louisiana, the Sportsmans Lodge offers a blend of great accommodations, memorable southern & Cajun cuisine, and true hospitality while partnering with some of the best fly fishing focused guides in Louisiana! The Sportsmans Lodge is located in Venice, Louisiana in the Venice Marina. Your guide will literally come and pick you up at your doorstep! Venice is about a 2 hour drive south of New Orleans and is located on the edge of the Mississippi River Delta which is appropriately called the “sport fishing capital of the world.” Venice is surrounded by vast marshes and is close to several barrier islands offering some of the best coastal fishing for redfish anywhere in gulf. Due to its close proximity to the open gulf, Venice is where you go to catch big gulf redfish that move into the shallow marsh!

Destination Quick Facts 

LOCATION: Venice, Louisiana

PRIME SEASON: September – Early December (but can offer year-round fishing opportunities)

CAPACITY: 18 guestsYellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

TARGET SPECIES: Redfish, sheepshead, black drum, jacks, speckled trout, and alligator gar

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Louisiana charter fishing license

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
The Sportsmans Lodge is essentially a floating house boat that features a large great room lounge area with comfortable seating and a wide flat screen television for socializing. Watch your chef prepare fresh local fare in their open kitchen and dining area. Plus the complimentary bar is always open for you to help yourself. There's an outdoor seating area to enjoy your morning coffee or enjoy the evening sunset with a drink in your hand. Upstairs you’ll find a game/conference room where you can relax over a game of backgammon, checkers or chess, or engage in a spirited game of boo ray, poker, or other card games. There is also an additional widescreen television in the game room so you’ll never miss a sporting event. Upstairs are 7 individual bedrooms with a variety of bedding arrangements with private and semi-private bathrooms, and flat screens and cable in each room. The entire lodge is serviced by a central air conditioning system.

Food and Beverages
Anybody who has visited the deep south knows that good food is part of the draw and experience. Your stay at the Sportsmans Lodge will be no exception. Southern and Cajun cuisine will be on the menu every day. Food and beverages are all inclusive with your package. Packages will include a hot breakfast before your guide trip, lunch along with snacks, soft drinks, and water on the guide boat, and then appetizers and dinner back at the lodge. And don't forget about the complimentary bar. If you desire to take any alcoholic beverages with you on the guide boat during your day of fishing, you must bring it with you. The lodge legally cannot provide alcoholic beverages to take with you on the guide boats.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. All trips are completely customized. Call Yellow Dog for details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers accompanying anglers to Louisiana, or for those looking to take a day off from fishing, there are an endless number of activities and attractions that are available when visiting Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area. In New Orleans itself, take advantage of numerous history and heritage tours, enjoy the city’s world-famous cuisine, explore the famous nightlife on Bourbon street, visit museums, shop, take in a professional sporting event, enjoying area festivals, and much more.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available anywhere in the lodge, and most cell phones work while on the property.

FISHING

General Information
Due to Venice’s close proximity to the gulf, it is where you go to catch big bull redfish that move into the marsh during the fall and early winter months! That being said, because it is also at the mouth of the Mississippi, the area can also get “blown out” for part of the year and limit the areas that are fishable. When fishing the vast, beautiful marshes of the coast of Southeast Louisiana, the exact waters where you’ll be fishing will depend on the time of the year that you're there, as well as the general weather and water conditions during the time of your stay. Typical areas where the guides will take you offer outstanding opportunities for the shallow-water fly angler as all contain countless shallow bays, ponds, canals, and expansive mud flats. In addition to redfish, anglers will also have opportunities to target sheepshead, black drum, jacks, speckled trout, and alligator gar.

Louisiana redfish can be challenging for even the most veteran of anglers. That said, they also love to eat flies and will often times do so incredibly close to the boat! Most serious redfish anglers will tell you that this area of the Gulf Coast is home to both the largest redfish as well as the largest overall population of redfish. The redfish share these beautiful areas with abundant and diverse bird life, the American alligator, numerous species of turtles, sea otters, raccoons, dolphin, and many species residing both below and above the water’s surface. Southeast Louisiana’s vast marsh ecosystem is an amazing place and truly one of America’s most impressive saltwater fisheries!

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
The physical address of the Venice Marina is 237 Sports Marina Dr, Venice, Louisiana 70091. If you are driving on your own, go past the main green marina building and the lodge will be 100 yards down on your left. Private taxi, van, limo, helicopter, or seaplane transportation can also be arranged at an addtional cost if requested. However, most guests choose to rent a car upon arrival in New Orleans and drive on their own. Without traffic, drive time from the New Orleans airport to the marina should take about 2 hours in length.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Check-in time is after 3:00 PM upon arrival and check-out is before 11:00 AM upon departure. If you are fishing on departure day, bags must be packed and moved out of your room before you head out for your day of fishing if the Lodge has guests arriving for that day for that room.

Documents Required
Louisiana charter fishing license which can be purchase over the phone upon arrival.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $1,450.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,062.50
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,675.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,287.50
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $3,900.00

Single occupancy rooms = $75 more per person / per night

What's Included

  • All lodging as specified in package
  • Number of days of guided fishing as specified in your package
  • Breakfast and dinner at the lodge
  • Bag lunch, sodas and water during guide trips
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the lodge
  • Use of rod/reel, all flies, and all terminal tackle during guide trips

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation (can be arranged at an additional cost)
  • Gratuities for fishing guides
  • Gratuities for lodge staff
  • Fishing licenses
  • Lodging taxes
  • Alcohol during your guide trips

You will need to bring or purchase any alcoholic beverages from the marina store if desired to bring on your guide’s boat during your day of fishing. The lodge is legally not allowed to give you any alcohol to take on the boat with you. Also, conventional offshore and inshore fishing, duck hunting, and blast and casts are available upon request.