The river Don rises in the Peak District, on Great Grains Moss, a millstone grit moorland area 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. 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 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 Crimpsall sluice at Doncaster and these tidal reaches hold some huge fish but local knowledge is a must.
The fishing on the 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.
Around Deepcar Tin mill Angling Club have the fishing right about a mile and a half of fishing on the Don see their website Tin millyear membership is around £35.
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. to join please see here. join
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 below Rotherham Books are available from fishing republic at Darfield [01226 752300] at around £17 or from Phoenix and Parkgate ACThe stretch is about a mile long and contains chub good barbel roach pike perch some very good grayling . see here for more details. Don Kilnhurst
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 Crimpsall Sluice .Rotherham have the opposite bank at the weir. Doncaster
Below Crimpsall 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 centre 01302 846623 The shop owner is a hive of information and if you fancy a crack on the tidal 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 a 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.