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  • Jeff Draper caught and released this 8-pound steelhead in the Lower Niagara River fishery last weekend.
Rod, Gun and Game: Winter steelhead fishery is hot in Lower Niagara River
Date: 2014-12-15
When several friends gathered last weekend for some fishing fun in the Lower Niagara River, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to borrow the time away from the woods because I still had not tagged any deer. Fishing with a crew that Bill Hilts Jr., a Niagara County fishing tourism promoter, had assembled, I wondered how I could have considered not attending. We had such fun!We didn’t flip coins to see who fished with whom, but it was a pleasure to be paired with Tom Sucharski, the new manager of the Cabela’s fishing, marine, all-terrain vehicle sector in Cheektowaga, both of us fishing with master angler and guide, Captain Jeff Draper.We met at the Lewiston Sand Docks boat launch at 7:30 a.m., with several other media folks and fishing guides, including Will Elliott and Bob DiCesare, of the Buffalo News; Joe Yaeger, president of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association; Frank Campbell, a Western New York fishing guide of international fame and the head of the Niagara Region Charter Service.For...
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