The river Douglas starts its life high on winter hill on the border of the Boroughs of Chorley between Blackburn and Bolton in north west England it is a tributary of the river Ribble , The river flows in an irregular south west north west pattern until settling on a north west flow to the river Ribble. It flows past or through towns like Horwich Standish and Wigan, then Appley Bridge Parbold Rufforth Tarlton and Hesketh Bank before emptying into the Ribble.
The tributaries of the Douglas are as with all river many ,amongst them are the river Yarrow the river Tawd and the river Lostock.
As with the Ribble Salmon run up the river Douglas and Have been recorded in the river Yarrow for the First time in over 100 years.but the Douglas and its tributaries have suffered with pollution over the years, and the setbacks they receive have took some coming out of. But there are fishing clubs that hold stretches of the river and continue to help look after the river.
Wigan and District Angling Association have fishing on the Douglas at Bispham Green and at Gathurst at Bispham Green the river is described as semi tidal and the fishing is for chub roach and dace and possibly flounder. At Gathurst the club have around a mile of fishing with chub roach dace perch pike and bream and Barbel are beginning to show , These fish will be from the ribble as barbel are a very nomadic species . http://riverangler.co.uk/wigan
Prince Albert Angling Society http://riverangler.co.uk/paas have a stretch of the Douglas at Boundary Farm, Newburgh, Parbold. The Forums are full of river Douglas talk and fish are being taken from some hard to get to spots . trout barbel from free stretches so local knowledge is very helpful on rivers like this , so come on people put your story on the contact form or ask and Ill supply you with an email adress , send photos too . lets make this site full of fishing.
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