Doncaster & D.A.A. control the fishing rights on the Don from Sprotbrough Weir and downstream to Crimpsall Sluice near Doncaster Prison. The river is deep, up to 15 feet down the centre, with a width of around 30 metres. Because of the depth, fish can be caught all year round. In fact it's not uncommon for big bags on some of the colder winter days. As from the 16th June 2010 we will also control the fishing rights on the Don from Crimpsall Sluice under St Mary's bridge to the weir below the second railway bridge. (not shown on the map below). this section of the river runs a lot quicker and is not as deep, a very good stretch for Chub and Barbel.
At usual level the river is slow, almost still at times, but be careful when it's been raining. Because the banks are steep the river is prone to rising quickly. Even a foot of extra water will make the river very difficult to fish.
The main species to be caught are Roach, Skimmers, Perch, Barbel and Chub, but Dace, Bream, Pike, Eels and even Carp can be found.
The Barbel average around 3 to 5 lbs but bigger fish have been caught and they're getting bigger every year.
Bags of small fish can top 20lbs on a good day, but 10lbs is still a good catch.
One of the great things about the river is that fish can be caught on the Pole, Stick Float, Waggler, Topper, Slider, Groundbait Feeder, Bomb and almost any method you can think about.
For the Barbel try meat or pellet on the hook over a bed of hemp. If you can find a patch of gravel the Barbel will find you.
For the Chub, look for pegs with overhanging trees or a crease in the current. The classic combination of hemp and caster should do the trick.
For the Roach and skimmer you can loose feed, but the depth means that is usually better to fish over a bed of ground bait. The pole is the obvious choice when the river is at normal level, but a float on running line is better when the river is up 6 inches or so. Try Pinkies, Maggots or Casters.
If you're after the Barbel or Chub they can be had on the usual feeder or bomb setups, but don't discount the stick float or waggler. Try running a heavy float with plenty of shot down the line. You can drag up to a couple of feet along the bottom to slow the bait down as most pegs are snag free with a sandy bottom. Hooklengths should be around at least 3 to 4lb. Hooks should suit your bait size, but a size 14 will give you plenty of leverage should you hook a big 'un.
The Roach and Skimmers can be a little cute, so you'll have to scale your rigs down, whether you use the pole or running line. Hooklengths as light as 1lb (0.006) are sometimes the only way you can get bites.