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Digging for Bay Clams

 

Digging bay Clams

Each bay clam is harvested differently given their differences in size,habitats, and behavior. See the list below to see how to dig your favorite bay clam.

Gaper clam

Gaper Clams

Daily Limit: 12, out of a total of 20 bay clams (regulations)
Use: Clam steaks, chowder
Digging Method: shovel
Habitat: high salinity sandy and/or muddy areas
Where to Dig: Tillamook | Netarts | Yaquina | Siuslaw | Umpqua | Coos

How to Dig Gaper Clams

butter clam

Butter Clams

Daily Limit: 20, in aggregate with other bay clams (regulations)
Use: chowder, steamed, steaks
Digging Method: shovel, potato fork
Habitat: high salinity gravel, mud, or sandy areas
Where to Dig: Tillamook | Netarts | Yaquina | Coos

How to dig Butter Clams

cockle

Cockle

Daily Limit: 20, in aggregate with other bay clams (regulations)
Use: chowder, steamed
Digging Method: rake, hand
Habitat: high salinity sandy areas
Where to Dig: Tillamook | Netarts | Yaquina | Alsea | Siuslaw | Coos

How to dig Cockles

Littleneck Littleneck

Softshell clam

Softshell

Daily Limit: 36 (regulations)
Use: chowder, steamed, steaks
Digging Method: shovel, clam gun
Habitat: Brackish , muddy areas
Where to Dig: Necanicum | Nehalem | Tillamook | Netarts | Nestucca | Yaquina | Alsea | Siuslaw | Umpqua | Coos | Coquille

How to dig Softshell Clams

 

 

 

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