Well I am one of the unfortunate souls that doesn't have a boat. I love fishing too much to not do it though! All the articles I find are always a reference to boat fishing. This can be aggravating from a bank fisherman's point of view. Anyone got any tips for a bank angler? I usually plunk for Salmon and Steelhead on the Kalama and Cowlitz. I have tried drift, and float fishing but never had much luck. Plunking has always seemed to work for me, but not always. For example today I was plunking and had no luck! The boats out in the Columbia seemed to do very well though. I would say they were 1000 yard from the bank I was plunking. Why would this happen I am at the mouth where the fish are passing by. I am also fishing the channel they are running in. I guess I'm just not using the right colors or size spin n glo's. I use a size 3 should I go bigger? I have heard greens are the colors to use but have had no luck with them! Any tips?
I don't plunk much, but I would say that making sure that your gear isn't laying on the bottom is far more important than worrying about Spin-N-Glo size.
Sounds like you found a productive area....when someone lands a fish cruise over and have a look at his lead size, dropper length and leader length.
Also I've seen where using a second rig can be effective. Get your gear out and locked up, then clip on a leader with Kwikfish, prawn rig etc down your mainline set up so it stops against a bead above your swivel.
With one rig you're never 100% sure that you didn't foul on the way out.
With the two rig set-up you can feel more confident that you have a presentation that is working esp. if you are using something that imparts action like a Kwik. Your rod tip will tell you that it's working.....or not.
For a fast education on plunking technique go to the top producing spots on the Willamette which are The Blacktop (just below the Clack), Dahl Beach (just below TB), Meldrum Bar (just below DB). All on the east side of the river in Gladstone. Now is the time to go to these places.
I see that you hail from NW Oregon. The next Springer fishery to take off is Tillamook Bay and the Trask river. The locals get overrun in the fall and they like to keep this spring fishery as quiet as possible.
Fishing the Trask from the bank for Springers is best done with sliding bobber and bait or you can driftfish.
Try Loren's drift with bobber and eggs.....get to know some of the farmers and get to fish more spots.
Some basic info:http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?page=f_map_06_OR_Trask_River
Good luck !