What We Do & History

The idea for River City Anglers developed from a Sioux City group which regularly fished at Whetstone Bay on Lake Francis Case. They envisioned a club where people could get together, and help in the betterment of the sport and our natural resources.

They placed an ad in Journal May of 1985 inviting anyone who liked to fish to meet at the Hilton Inn. To their surprise there was standing room only.

The club was organized in June of 1985. It was at this time that club objectives were established:
  • To promote high quality fisheries
  • To promote good sportsmanship
  • To support conservation practices
  • To promote fish research and stocking
  • To support reduction of water pollution

First year outings were held at Scalp Creek, Spirit Lake and Browns Lake. The first fishing seminar was held January of 1986, featuring Gary Roach. The seminar was great sucess and established the financial viability of the club.

Through the years the outings began to grow and take the club to a variety of places, including Okoboji, Blue Lake, Whetstone Bay, Lake Vermillion, and the Missouri River.

Each spring a fish fry is held to promote new memberships. In the fall a pork feed is held at Snyders Bend or Browns Lake.

The club has endeavored to support projects which are beneficial to fishing and the community. These projects have been undertaken.

1986
Installed lights on the docks at Browns Lake and Snyders Bend. Support maintaining the lights annually. Donated slide projector to Stone Park Museum
Helped clean up Snyders Bend, and donated 18 new rods and reels and several used outfits to Goodwill Summer Camp. Supported developing a new boat ramp on the Missouri.
Donated $1000 to Crystal Lake project for docks, ramps, and facilities.

1987
STARS fishing project at Snyders Bend. Donated $2000 to help renovate Snyders Bend
Donated $150 to stock Stone Park pond. Donated boat trailer to Siouxland Underwater Recovery. Seminar featuring Billy Westmoreland

1988
Donated $500 to DNR for fish study Stocked walleye at Snyders Bend until 1993
Donated $5000 for new dock and boat ramp at Snyders Bend.
Seminar featuring Larry Myhre and Jim McDonnell

1989
Seminar featuring Larry Myhre and Gary Howey

1990
Instrumental in establishing laws prohibiting snagging on the Big Sioux River.

1991
Supported Legion Club avenue of flags. Instrumental in repair of Browns Lake ramp.
Took Boys and Girls home kids fishing at Browns Lake.
Stocked catfish in Moville sand pit.

1992
Members participated in Fishing Has No Boundaries tournament-Lake Oahe.
Initiated $500 scholarship award supporting students in fisheries and wildlife management. Continued until 1996.
Cleaned overgrowth of water weeds to make bank fishing more accessible at Bacon Creek.
Held first fishing instruction class for West High students.

1993
First Cabin Fever Swap Meet at Atokad Park

1994
Moved Swap Meet to Sioux City Auditorium.
Contributed $1000 for dredging project at Crystal Lake

1995
Swap meet at auditorium. Contributed fresh water aquarium to Nature Center.
Built information kiosk at Browns Lake.

1996
Swap meet at auditorium

1997
Swap meet at auditorium.
Installed new gym doors at Sanford Center.
Purchased new camcorder for DNR law enforcement.

1998
Swap meet at auditorium.

1999
Swap meet at auditorium

2000
Swap meet at auditorium. Stocked 1000 7inch walleye in Snyder Bend.

2001
Swap meet enlarged. Moved to Siouxland Convention Center, South Sioux City
Boy Scout instruction- Southwood. Built fish cleaning station at Snyders Bend
Fishing day Boys & Girls home. Bacon Creek youth fishing derby
Opportunites Unlimited fishing fun day
Adopt a highway Snyders Bend/Browns Lake

2002
Swap meet at Siouxland Conv. Ctr. Adopt a Highway to Browns Lake

2003
Swap meet at Siouxland Conv. Ctr. Assist Youth Fishing Derby Bacon Creek
Adopt a Highway Browns Lake/Snyders Bend

2004
Swap meet Marina Inn Exhibit Hall. Youth Fishing Bacon Creek Park

Handicap dock/fish cleaning station Browns Lake
Recondition aquarium-Pecaut Nature Center. Adopt a Highway

2005
Swap meet Marina Inn Exhibit Hall
Expanded fishing dock at Browns Lake campground.

2006
Swap meet Marina Inn Exhibit Hall. Stocked 1600 walleye in Browns Lake

2007
Swap meet Marina Inn Exhibit Hall. Stocked 1600 walleye in Browns Lake

2008
Swap meet Marina Inn Exhibit Hall. Stocked 1600 walleye in Browns Lake.
Caught 5 15” walleye during club tournament from 2006 stocking.

2009
Swap meet combined with KOOL Boat, Sport & Outdoor Show, Marina Inn Exhibit Hall
Stocked 1500 walleye in Brown Lake


2010
Swap meet combined with KOOL Boat, Sport & Outdoor Show, Marina Inn Exhibit Hall
DNR stocked 2500 walleye in Browns Lake as a result of our previously successful stocking efforts




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2012

2013

Sport Show/Swap Meet moved to Sioux City Convention Center
Stone State Park-Turtle Lake Constructed bluegill spawning beds. Funded Eagle Scout project to install permanent bench at the lake.


2014
Funded artificial structures for new fishing lake at Akron.


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