Lazy Morning Sea Fishing on the River Douglas

relaxing along the banks of the river douglas
Taking it easy on the bank of the River Douglas

For some bizarre reason I woke up early last Sunday morning so after raiding the freezer for some frozen black lugworm and mackerel I made the epic journey of 5 minutes to the River Douglas to have a quick sea fishing session of a couple of hours up to high water then one down.

Although there were a few black clouds on the horizon the weather stayed warm and dry and a few more anglers turned up to see what could be tempted out of the coffee coloured water, the main target species would be Flounder with maybe Eels as well. The river was high, considering the size of the tide, due to the amount of rain we’ve had recently so with all that fresh water fishing was going to be tough as the fish may not come up the river if the salinity is too low.

A good thing about the recent rains is the hosepipe ban has been lifted in Lancashire, not that we’ve needed to water anything except the odd hanging basket, and the wild flowers and grasses are probably at the best I’ve seen them for a few years with the flood plain of the River Douglas being covered in bright yellow Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata).

the banks of the river douglas are covered in yellow catsear flowers
A Floodplain of Yellow Catsear

It was a good job the weather was nice as the fishing was dire but it gave me a good opportunity to take a few photo’s and explore one of the inlets looking for Mullet (didn’t see any). No matter what baits I used or at what distance, they were coming back intact – not even the crabs seemed interested.

Usually I do quite well on the dougie but no one caught that morning, which made me feel a little better,┬áso maybe it was such a lovely lazy morning even the river’s residents had a lie-in.


  1. Do you think pealer crab are better for bass than rag i never catch bass on rag onliny breme or mackrel. And where would i find some pealer crab thanks

    September 22, 2010
  2. Dave Sheekey said:

    Hi where about do you access the river at Hesketh Bank?

    April 22, 2011
  3. Stu said:

    The easiest way to get to a the douglas for fishing is drive down guide road and take the track just after the road goes over a small ditch (the fence is green on the right) – park at the end but remember to allow access for farm vehicles.

    Google map location – click here

    April 22, 2011

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