The River Don
Fishing The River Don. The River Don rises in the Peak District, on Great Grains Moss a millstone grit moorland are between 1,480 and 1,570 feet above sea level and flows 70 miles eastwards and eventually flows into Ouse at Goole .the lower Don originally meandered in a north-easterly direction across the marshland of Hatfield Chase to enter the Trent just above its junction with the Ouse.
River Don History
A second channel flowed to the north, along a Roman channel called Turnbridgedike. The eastern channel formed the boundary between Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. In the Hatfield Level drainage project which started in 1626, the Dutch civil engineer Cornelius Vermuyden diverted the Don northwards along Turnbridgedike. It is known today as the Dutch river The main tributaries of the Don are the rivers Loxley Sheaf Rother, and the River Dearne.
The river-don flows from Winscar Reservoir towards Penistone, Oxspring Deepcar Oughtibridge and onwards towards Sheffield where it flows to the rear of Hillsborough Sheffield Wednesday FC
Across the city and into through Rotherham then across to Mexborough Sprotbrough then to Doncaster. The river becomes tidal at the weir below Crimpsall sluice at Doncaster and these tidal reaches hold some huge fish but local knowledge is a must
The fishing on the River-Don is improving year on year It has been transformed in such a relatively short space of time when you consider that the river has been fishless for decades due to pollution from heavy industry and threats from Dam construction in the upper reaches. Today you can take a walk along the riverbank and see fishermen enjoying their sport all along the River-Don.
The South Yorkshire Police Angling Club SYPAC has plenty of water with lakes and ponds and a nice stretch of the River-Don just above Hillsborough stadium perch roach trout and grayling are the order but be careful as the banks can be slippery.
Further, downstream into Sheffield and Rotherham there are lots of free fishing, and it’s worth going to have a look and drive around looking for areas to fish, the forums here are a great help, and a quick search on the river Don will bring up some good spots to fish.
Kilnhurst anglers have a great stretch of river near to Rotherham, Books are available see the Phoenix and Parkgate anglers club Phoenix and Parkgate The stretch is about a mile long and contains chub good barbel roach pike perch some very good grayling not to mention the river Don Barbel. see the information here.
Downstream of kilnhurst the river flows past Swinton and Mexborough collecting the River Dearne and onto Sprotborough where Rotherham and District Anglers and Doncaster and District Angling Association have water, Doncaster water is from Sprotborough to The Weir below the second railway bridge below st Marys roundabout. Rotherham have the opposite bank at the weir. Doncaster
At the weir below the second railway bridge the river is tidal and its local knowledge that comes into its own on how to fish the river. so go along to Stainforth Angling Center 01302 846623 The shop owner is a hive of information and if you fancy a crack on the tidal river-don it’s always best to get the lowdown. As with most of the Don, the tidal river is free fishing [subject to permission on private land] The tidal river is huge and mostly untapped there are a few locals who fish it and post in the Facebook forum’s so that’s a great place to start your lower Don fishing.
For more information of the river and especially the lower tidal Don see the links below.
See Jims River Don Tidal Angling Reports page on Facebook to get a very good idea on what and where is fishing on the lower river Don . the link is above.