From Springfield on up(both rivers) fishing from the bank most guys drift bait for em. You could also toss a float and jig/bait for em. Heard of a few people plunking bait for them. From a boat you can do all that and side drift along with back bouncing plugs/bait for them. Also you can toss hardware. Down on your half ov the river I thing its wider and deeper with less riffles I almost think I remember hearing about people trolling for them or maybe that was in the salem area. As for when, go to the odfw site and find fish passages and go to willamette falls. You can watch the fish counts as the pass through the ladder but its a few days back. shouldn't take the fish more than a few days to get to you. We got one last year tossing spoons from the boat on the willamette in town here right at the I-5 bridge were all the construction is. Only 2000 springers over the falls to date when that happened. I'm sure other people have more info than me hope this helps though. I'll have to show you my spot in town sometime but you have to catch them on the move since its not holding water. Hayden bridge is a good holding spot for them and so is greenwood both on the mckenzie. Gonna try to plunk bait at both spots this year. Got one drifting bait a few years back at greenwood.
well i believe im gonna give it another run at it tomorrow (sun), but gonna bring everything., prob chase after sturgeon first thing in the morning, an try afew things different for springers. im try and get there nice and early. i would like to hit the santiam where it dumps into the willy but to far a drive that and bad payday to go there. as far as today, installing airbags in the rear of the truck for the over the cab camper, and reinforcing the jacks on the corners
There have been people fishing under the Belt Line bridge over the Willey for quite a while. The size of their rods tell me the are salmon fishing. Do they do much good there? I have never heard of a fish cuaght there, but that doesn't mean anything. Let me know, Qwa, Tight Lines to ya all.
ive kindof given up for abit on springer, have been concentrating my efforts at green peter res for the kokes up there. got 21 last sat, and sunday afternoon fished from 6 till dark and got 8, but i know some peeps that fish that everyday during the week an they kindof spilled the beans to me about what to use, so ive pretty much got the kokes dialed in. gawd 330am gonna come early tomorrow.
good luck everyone thats chasing after springers/steelies tomorrow an this weekend