A day on the Don

Russell and I decided to treat ourselves and have a day on the Don in Doncaster On the Doncaster and District water near the prison. As ‘usual’ our quarry is Barbel and with the possibility of chub too. We were looking forward to the day The weather was overcast and the river looked perfect. We tackled up and were in the water quickly.

Our baits weren’t a secret luncheon meat and pellet are on the menu and it wasn’t long before I had a nice chub on the meat followed by a nice fit small barbel for Russ on the pellet. But things took a downturn when I lost two barbel.

A Day on the Don

On closer inspection, the river bed was strewn with rocks and the barbel were snagging on them fraying the line but with no braid on us, we decided not to risk losing any more fish. So we moved downstream to a beautiful looking spot with a good flow and lots of far bank cover.

A good sized chub came to my net and a smaller one for Russ but no barbel. We decided to come back another day with different tactics. The stretch is in Doncaster and District book at £5 per day ticket to the bank bailiff or a yearbook £25 or £20 concessionary £20.

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River Don Doncaster 53.521431, -1.153393  Doncaster ddaa have all the river from sprotborough weir right down to below st marys bridge to the weir below the second railway bridge see map. See their website for parking details although a popular place to fish is behind the prison  [follow signs for the prison go over the river Cheswold just before the prison turn right and go left into the car park, look carefully across the car park and you will see an exit downhill it\'s not tarmacked so go carefully especially in the winter months, park either left or right at the bottom] pegs are steep and can be very treacherous in the wet,This is whare Crimpsal weir is bypassed and the river comes back into the flow over the weir [known locally as the salmon run] fish down to weir below the second railway bridge.. Barbel Chub Carp Roach Dace Perch Pike Bream, Doncaster Anglers so Day tickets on the bank or Yearbooks from the usual outlets.Doncaster England, United Kingdom (Directions)

See Doncaster and District club website for further details and club rules.


The Don is a river on the up. Watch this space for a lot more about fishing on this great river in the future. See the video below.

Are you aware that there is the River Don Catchment Fisheries Consultative Association? see below and join them at the above link.

The Don Fisheries Consultative Association was set up over thirty years ago by like-minded people and organizations, to work on behalf of anglers, fisheries and to improve the local river catchment environment. At the time of the Consultative formation, the River Don and its tributaries were some of the most polluted in Europe. Although pollution is still a problem to be tackled, today the system holds a good and varied population of fish for the majority of its watercourses. As can be seen, there has been a great improvement in the quality of the river environment, but there is still much work to be done and our basic aims are still the same.

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