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The 1,300-foot Venice Pier, built in 1963, is fully accessible, with lights, benches, fish-cleaning stations, a 120-foot diameter circular end, and special cutouts for fishing and wheelchairs.  The pier’s surface is cement and the rail height is 41 inches although several handicapped sections have a 28″ railing.

Hours: Open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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You do not need a fishing license to fish on the Venice Pier.

In California, a sport fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older attempting to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians, or reptiles in inland or ocean waters (unless fishing from a public pier).

Additional validations and report cards are required for certain species and areas.

Unlicensed fishing in California is allowed only on public piers.  The public piers in LA County are:

  1. Cabrillo Beach Pier
  2. Hermosa Beach Pier
  3. Malibu Pier
  4. Manhattan Beach Pier
  5. Redondo Beach Pier
  6. Santa Monica Pier
  7. Venice Pier

NOTE: Even though a license is not required on a public pier, all other regulations (including minimum size, bag limits and seasons) apply while fishing from a public pier, such as:

  1. A fishing license is required when fishing everywhere except for a public pier. Even if you hooked the fish on the pier and only came down onto the beach to land the fish, you would need a valid license to avoid a potential citation. Purchasing an annual fishing license will make this a non-issue; or you may want to buy a pier net to help you land bigger fish from the pier.
  2. You may use no more than two rods and lines, two hand lines, or two nets, traps or other appliances used to take crabs. Species-specific gear restrictions (such as for rockfish, lingcod and salmon) do apply when fishing from a pier.


 Signs are posted on the Venice Pier on types of fish you can or cannot catch.  


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Here is how to get your FISHING LICENSE online!

Visit CA Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at for license fee information and to purchase online.

For more fishing info:



CITY LOT – 3100 Washington Boulevard, Venice, Ca 90291 (By the Venice Pier)  Cost of parking:  $5-15 depending on time of year.  Metered street parking along Washington Blvd.    Click here for additional parking!