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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 stretch of the River Don, controlled by Doncaster DAA. The section varies in flow and depth, and superb sport is possible from barbel to 12 lb, perch to 4 lb, chub to 3 lb, some bream to 3 lb, lot of skimmers, roach to 1 lb, dace to 12 oz, some sizeable hybrids, a good head of carp to over 20 lb and pike to 15 lb.

TACTICS. Feeder fish halibut pellets or meat for the barbel and carp. Stick float, pole or waggler tactics will also produce. For mixed catches, feed casters, maggots and hemp, trying the same baits on the hook. Hemp and tares can sort out excellent roach bags. For winter pike, present a small sea deadbait off the main flow.

GOOD SWIMS. There are plenty of swims that suit different tactics.

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 ddaa.co.uk

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

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

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