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Location guide: River Don, Sprotbrough

Fishing on the River Don
Fishing on the River Don (Image credit: Angler's Mail)

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Every peg offers something different on this half mile long plus stretch of the River Don controlled by Doncaster DAA, established 1911. The section varies in flow and depths, superb sport is possible from barbel to 12 lb and averaging 6-7 lb. Add to these perch to 4 lb, chub to 3 lb with loads of chublets, odd bream to 3 lb with a lot of skimmers, roach to 1 lb, dace to 12 oz and some sizeable hybrids. Also available are a good head of carp with some topping 20 lb and winter pike to 15 lb.

TACTICS. All methods will catch here. You can feeder fish halibut pellets or meat for the barbel and carp. Stick float, pole or waggler tactics will produce too. For mixed catches fish caster or maggot and keep feeding the same with hemp, you can still hook barbel. Hemp and tares can sort out excellent roach bags. For winter pike try a small sea deadbait off the main flow.

GOOD SWIMS. There are swims to suit whatever tactic or whatever quarry you choose here.

TICKETS. £3 on the bank. Doncaster DAA membership is available from the website or all local tackle shops: adults £19, or OAPs and under-12s £12. Fishing dawn until dusk only. Toilets and food nearby. Enquiries: 07946 382882. North East byelaws. Check out the new website:

LOCAL TACKLE SHOPS. Kingfisher Angling Centre, Bentley, Doncaster, DN5 0AT. Tel: 01302 874888. MAD Angling Supplies, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7HR. Tel: 01302 728876.

LOCATION. From the south come off the A1(M) at J36 Warmsworth and take the A630 towards Rotherham. Take the first proper turning on the right towards Sprotbrough, leading into Mill Lane. This will take you to the river bridge.

SAT NAV. DN5 7NB (nearby Boat Inn, Sprotbrough).