Venice Fishing Pier
1600 Harbor Dr. S.
Venice, FL 34285

No Fishing License Required

The Venice Fishing Pier is located at Brohard Park on the south end of the island of Venice.

The 700-foot pier is a great location for fishing and to end the day watching a beautiful sunset.

Connected to Sharky's on the Pier, the only beach front restaurant in the Venice area, the pier offers Papa's bait shop, with live & frozen bait, coffee, treats, jackets, shirts, and more...

Nearby are six picnic shelters, two sand volleyball courts, and public restrooms.

Open at all times, there is no fee to access the pier and the best part is that avid and amateur fisherman alike can fish from the pier without a fishing license.

NEW! at the Pier:

The bait shop is now selling Venetian Coffee! Warm up & fish!

 The bait shop has frozen shrimp, and frozen squid.

Don't forget we have live shrimp too.

Some local links of interest can be found on our Local Links & Resources Page.

Happy Fishing!

Frequently Asked Questions, and the Answers:

IS THERE A FEE TO FISH ON THE VENICE PIER? There is no fee to fish on the Venice Pier! Bring your own gear and bait, and you’re set to go. If you need to rent a rod & reel, or purchase live or frozen bait, Papa’s Bait Shop opens at sunrise.

DO I NEED A LICENSE TO FISH FROM THE PIER?  No license is needed when fishing directly from the Pier. The City of Venice holds the licensing necessary, so the public is free to fish 24/7 from the Municipal Pier. If you wish to surf cast from the beach, you will need a Florida license. Licensing agencies are listed on on Links page.

WHAT CAN I GET AT PAPA’S BAIT SHOP? Papa’s Bait Shop, located half-way out on the Pier, carries rental fishing equipment and Florida snow shovels.  They also sell fresh & frozen bait, fishing tackle, hot coffee, cold drinks, suntan lotion, ice cream, hot snacks, and apparel. The Bait Shop is open from 6:30 AM to 9 PM, weather permitting. 

WHAT IS THE COST TO RENT A ROD & REEL? With a $20 refundable deposit, or Drivers License for a deposit, you have the use of a rental rod & reel for $15 per day.

WHEN IS THE PIER OPEN? TheVenice Municipal Pier is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays. Papa's Bait Shop is usually open from 6:30 AM to 9 PM, 7 days a week, weather dependent.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH FOR SHARKS? Sharks are night feeders, so you'll generally get the best results fishing from sundown to sunup. Since the Pier is open all night, it's a great spot to try your luck when shark fishing!

HOW DO YOU GET A LARGE FISH UP ON THE PIER ONCE IT IS ON YOUR LINE? Most fishermen bring along their gaff hook, or a large round net.  If the fish is really big, they'll take the time to walk it down the Pier toward the beach to reel it in.

WHAT BAIT WORKS BEST? It all depends on what you're trying to catch! The best all-around bait is live or frozen shrimp, frozen squid, or greenbacks (scaled sardines). Papa's Bait Shop sells the fresh and frozen shrimp & frozen squid, for your convenience.

CAN YOU CATCH FISH IN THE RAIN ON THE PIER? Yes, you can catch fish in the rain, but as Florida is the “Lightning Capital of the World”, it is NOT recommended. With a fishing pole in hand during a downpour, you become an instant lightning rod - and lightning from an approaching storm has been known to strike several miles away without any warning!

WHAT IS A FLORIDA SNOW SHOVEL? A Florida snow shovel aids in locating and collecting shark’s teeth in the beach sand. You can rent one for $7 per day with a refundable $20 deposit.

HOW DEEP IS THE WATER AT THE END OF THE PIER? The Pier extends out 700+ feet from shore, and depending on the tide, the water depth runs 15 to 18 feet.

WHO OWNS THE VENICE MUNICIPAL FISHING PIER?  The Pier is owned by the City of Venice.

CAN I HAVE A WEDDING OR CELEBRATION ON THE PIER?  Since the City owns the Pier, any events or special arrangements would have to be made through City Offices. Their website is on our LINKS page.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE PIER? The Pier was originally built in 1966 for $133,877.  It was destroyed in July of 1981 by the “No Name Storm”. Rebuilding took place in 1984 with Greenhart lumber from South America, the only place in the world to purchase this wood.  It did not have to be treated, nor did it shrink, because it was grown in the swamps. In February 2004, the Pier was totally removed. The construction of the current Pier cost $1.75 million dollars, and the money was raised by a municipal bond (recreational). The decking of the Pier is now made of plastic wood fiber composite, is built to withstand a category 4 hurricane, and has a projected life span of at least 50 years.The Pier is 720 ft long (219.45 meters), 22 ft wide, and the height is 20’ feet (6.096 meters).  Water depth at the end averages 16 ½ feet (5.03 meters). The Pier is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, with free admission, and no fishing license is required.  Papa’s Bait Shop is located midway down the Pier and is open 7 days a week at 6:30 AM.



The Pier belongs to the City of Venice, for all to enjoy, young and old, locals and visitors, anglers and sightseers, day-breakers and sun-downers. Please be courteous to each other, and keep the Pier enjoyable for everyone! We would like to remind Pier visitors of the rules and regulations published in the Venice City Charter, along with some common sense guidelines.

First, the common courtesy suggestions:

-       Put all TRASH in the receptacles.

-       Stick to the TWO POLE RULE, and don’t line the rail with lots of unused rods.

-       Don’t set up a TENT - it becomes an obstacle and can tie up the pedestrian flow.

-       Please clean up any cut-up or netted BAIT to prevent others from slipping, and to minimize foul odors. This is one of the few piers that allow NETTING – please don’t abuse the privilege.

-       There is a limit of ONE SHARK per Florida regulations. Practice catch & release when SHARK FISHING, and return the shark to the water quickly to minimize harm.

The City of Venice and the Venice Police Department are committed to maintaining the Pier as one of Venice's premier landmarks. If you see a problem, gently inform the offender of the rules, or call the Venice Police so that they can take care of the problem.

Here are the published regulations, from the Venice City Charter:

-       NO CAMPING OR SLEEPING - No overnight camping of any type or sleeping shall be allowed.(Sec. 46-62-3)

-       NO LITTERING - No person shall dispose of any paper, waste, garbage, trash, cigarette butts, debris, or other litter of any kind except in proper receptacles.(Sec. 46-62-4)

-       NO UNAUTHORIZED SALES OR RENTALS - No person shall solicit or canvass for the sale or rental of merchandise, services, goods or property of any kind or character. This prohibition shall not apply to a tenant, concessionaire… or a licensee of the city lawfully operating within the terms of any lease, concessionaire agreement or permit granted by the city.(Sec. 46-62-5)

-       NO GLASS CONTAINERS - No person shall hold, drink from, carry into, otherwise possess, or dispose of glass containers of any kind.(Sec. 46-62-6)

-       NO BICYCLES OR ROLLERBLADES - No person shall perform any activity which, at the time of performance, is not compatible with the public’s utilization of the area. No person shall ride, use or operate bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skate boards… (Sec 46-62-7) … on the Pier or around the concession area.(Sec. 46-64-1b)

-       NO PETS - Dogs, cats, and other animals, other than service animals, are not allowed in … Brohard Park or on the Venice Fishing Pier.(Sec. 46-62-9)

-       NO TOBACCO - The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all areas… (Sec 46-62-10)

-       NO ALCOHOLNo person shall sell, possess or consume any alcoholic beverage without the written authorization of the city manager.(Sec. 46-62-11)

-       MAXIMUM 2 FISHING LINES – No person using the Fishing Pier shall use more than two fishing lines at one time.(Sec. 46-64-1a)

-       NO WATERCRAFT WITHIN 300 FEET OF THE PIER – No person shall operate or navigate any boat or watercraft within 300 feet of the Venice Fishing Pier.(Sec. 46-64-2)

-       NO DIVING OR JUMPING FROM THE PIER – No person shall dive or jump from the Fishing Pier or swim or surf within 150 feet of the centerline on the Pier structure.(Sec. 46-64-3)

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