Everyone I saw is using shad darts. Depending on flow, 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of weight. I just slid an egg sinker on my mainline with a bead between it and the swivel. Others were using pencil lead or several split shot. 30 to 40 inches of 8 pound mono for leader.What do people use for Shad from the bank on Washington side at the dam? Going to do it for the 1st time next weekend.
Watch what everyone else is doing, but generally the plan is to cast slightly upstream, count 5 to 10 seconds and start slowly reeling as your gear swings down river. You don't really want to hit bottom or you will lose a lot of gear. Most bites come near the end of the swing. Sometimes a little quicker retrieve will get bit, but for the most part, it's just a matter of a school of fish coming through.