JVK John Von Kerens

Very long time member – designated with an honorary Lifetime Membership at Riverside Fishing Club passed away August 20. Along with being in on the original formation of the club, JVK’s infectious smile was present many times at extra events, kids’ fishing events, fundraiser efforts – the raffle table and events which promoted our Armed Services. JVK was very passionate about Riverside Fishing Club and will be sorely missed! The following is his full obituary.

Age 85 of Lockport, passed away at home August 20, 2018. John was a proud U.S. Army Veteran, he served in Korea 1953-1954. John was the English Department Chairman and High School English Teacher at Leyden High School, Morton East High School, Proviso East High School, and retiring from Hinsdale South High School.  After retiring he taught at Elmhurst College for several years.  John conducted writing workshops for high school students for many years.  He was a graduate of Streator Township High School, Streator IL, Western Illinois University, and University of Illinois.  He served on the board of Maercker-Holmes School Board for several years.  He was the co-founder of the Phoenix Writers Workshop and a dedicated member of the Riverside Fishing Club.  John was an avid fisherman for much of his life, ready to fish in any lake or river with family and friends.  He especially enjoyed the PPPPP annual fishing trip with his fishing buddies.  He loved sports and coached youth football and baseball teams for many years.  John was a teacher, writer, mentor, and friend to all.

He is survived by his loving wife Elsie, nee Gahm for 61 years; three children, David (Betsy) of Omaha, NE, John (Lety) of Downers Grove, IL, and Dyann (David) Schwanebeck of Lockport, IL; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Lauren) Von Kerens of Fort Worth, TX, William Von Kerens of Avon, CO; Kathryn (Ryan) Haselden of Boston, MA, Paxson Von Kerens of Indianapolis, IN, Anna-Victoria Von Kerens of Downers Grove, IL, David Schwanebeck of McHenry, IL, Derek Schwanebeck of McHenry, IL, and Daniel Schwanebeck of Frisco, CO.

Per John’s wishes, cremation rites were respectfully addressed.

A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the O’NEIL FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 1105 E 9TH STREET, (159TH STREET), LOCKPORT. The family will be meeting at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd, Elwood, IL 60421, Monday August 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for the inurnment.

We’ve Donated

RFC Supports Fishing Has No Boundries

Riverside Fishing Club has made a contribution in our member’s names to the Fishing Has No Boundries . We also support events associated with this charity. If you want to contribute time or monetary donation – see a Riverside Fishing Club board member or member at large and they will put you in touch with an upcoming event organizer.

Members Catching

Riverside Fishing Club Members are catching all around the globe. Lake Michigan near Chicago and Temple Bay Lodge in Canada this month. Dan Gallagher with a nice Lake Michigan Salmon, Mel Baranski with a trophy Sheephead and a Temple Bay Smallmouth.

Share your fishing photos with the club and we’ll share them on the site… nice catches men!

April 7th – Spring Fishing Seminar

April 7th Charity Fishing Seminar

Get a whole lot of fishing information on Saturday morning. Donations taken at the door. You will hear area guides and boat captains telling you where to fish and how to do it. The event is Saturday, April 7th and doors open at 8 a.m.

Hosted by the Joshua W. Harris Memorial – VFW Post 2868

Hear 3 dynamic speakers talk about fishing.

All proceeds go to raise money for Veteran medical programs.

8844 Ogden Ave Brookfield IL
Saturday April 7th – Doors Open at 8 a.m.

First Seminar Starts at 9 a.m.
$15 donation per person Includes: 3 seminars, food provided, cash bar available

You will hear fishing info from 3 speakers including:

Fishing Lake Michigan With Confidence

Captain Bob Bachler


Ever wanted to know more about fishing on Lake Michigan? Come hear Captain Bob as he covers topics on fishing Lake Michigan and how to rig your boat to effectively fish the big water with confidence. All the gear and productive spring techniques for the “big Lake” will be discussed in an information packed seminar.

Getting Started on The Chicago River

Captain Pat Harrison

If you are a river fisherman, or want to learn about how to be one, come check out Pat’s seminar. Pat spends a lot of time guiding on the river and its abundant fishery with one of the most picturesque backdrops. Topics include where to launch and what to use, amongst many others with special topics on the Chicago River.


Spring Crappie on Illinois’ Lakes

Guide “The Crappie Professor” Jim Kopjo

If fishing some of Illinois’ greatest lakes is your game, then Jim is your guy. Will cover spring tactics and techniques for locating and catching spring crappie. He will cover local waterways plus Shabbona Lake and Lake Evergreen. Learn how to be an even more productive fisherman in a fun filled seminar.


APRIL 28th – Fishing Tackle SWAP Meet Sale

Join us for our 9th Annual Fishing Tackle Swap Meet Tackle Sale.

Fishing, Hunting, Boating and Camping gear only.  Find treasures, fill your tackle box for Spring fishing and save a lot of money on some fantastic deals at our fishing tackle swap meet. The 9th Annual Riverside Fishing Club Swap Meet Tackle Sale ( NO sales of Firearms or Ammunition allowed ). Visit our Sale on Saturday, April, 28th from 8 a.m. – 12 noon.  No early entry. Come early and bring some cash, a friend and get reels, lures, jigs, rods even a boat motor or two. Save the date (click on our calendar at right to save the date to your calendar and get directions). Admission is just $2 – the best value in the area for fishing tackle swap meets.



Fishing Tackle Swap Meet - Chicago Area

*All sales are final and RFC is not responsible for any items sold. *Fishing, Hunting, Boating and Camping related equipment only

Want to Sell? Reserve Your Table for the SWAP MEET?

Do you have any slightly used Fishing, Hunting, Boating or Camping equipment that you would like to get rid of ? Then this is the perfect place for you to make a little CASH and allow someone to pick up something that is new to them. Tables are $15.00 for non-members – $10.00 for members (Limited Tables Available) For more information or to reserve a table please contact Buster: BusterA69@sbcglobal.net or call: 708-921-2239 Clean out your, Closets, Sheds, Basements and Garages.

Chicago Area Fishing Tackle Swap Meet – April 28



March Fishing Club Meeting

BASS – Robert Bobich – Tournament Angler/Guide

Our Speaker is Robert Bobich – a Coach for the Plainfield South Bass Fishing Team which has qualified 4 teams in the last 12 months for 2 State Championships and Won the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation 2017 State Championship. Robert has 29 years of Tournament Bass Fishing experience. Robert made the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation State Team in 2008 and Qualified for the B.A.S.S. Federation Regional Tournament. Robert fished B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW Series, Everstart and BFL as well as Red Man Circuits.

Join us – grab a guest ticket at the door. Doors open at  6:15 and the meeting starts at 6:45 p.m.. No reservations required unless you are a larger group (8 or more).

RFC New Web Site

We’ve Launched!

Troll our brand new website – hook up with our next meeting. Try our new calendar subscription – click on the calendar at the side – and get meeting updates right to your computer and or phone!!

We have moved to a more improved web server. Thought it might be nice to host in the good ole U.S.A. instead of overseas.

Please visit our Facebook Page for Updates, Events and Information. Share our events and above all, drive your boat to our next meeting. Meet with a whole bunch of fishing people – most of them really, really cool.

RFC Facebook Page

Our doors open at 6:15 p.m. Guests can purchase a pass for a meal and the speaker for just $10 – no reservations required.