Fairmount Park Fall Fishing

Fairmount Park, in Riverside, California, is one of the largest urban parks in the Inland Empire region. It has a rather interesting history, as it was originally dedicated in 1898 as a park. In 1911, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr, famous for his design of Central Park in New York, created the plans for the layout of Fairmount Park’s landscaping. 

There's also an odd military tank, on a pedestal, at the west side of the park. Apparently, such tanks were built in the Riverside region for use in WWII (over 500). There’s an excellent writeup about the complete history behind Fairmount Park at the Riverside Parks website, (PDF format). 

I have been fishing Fairmount on and off over the last month. Unlike visits during other times of the year, these recent trips have produced fish consistently. Granted, they have all been fairly small. However, it’s always fun to land something at Fairmount, given my history of getting skunked at this park. I have been catching largemouth bass, green sunfish and bluegill on a variety of lures. My most recent trip saw two fish landed on a dropshot rig with a Zipper-style worm. However, most of my fish have been on small jerkbaits. I had two bass at Fairmount Park on a recent trip chase my jerkbait back to the shore, unfortunately, the smaller one managed to get it first before it’s larger friend (2-3lbs?) caught up. Anyway, here are a few photos of bass and sunfish from Fairmount Park. Tight lines!

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November 26, 2011 at 8:28 AM delete

Love the history of the place. That's a lot of fish caught!

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November 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM delete

Have you tried your "Alabama rig" at Fairmount yet?

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May 16, 2012 at 6:19 PM delete

Thats a bad ass fish bro...great job..

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Be nice.