Areas 1 and 4 can be reached by either boat or bank/walk-in access. These areas are rocky and a garden fork (heavy tined) works best, or a combination of fork and shovel. Beach access to area 1 is found at the end of Crab Ave. in Netarts. This area is dominated by gaper clams though butter clams will also be found. Beach access to area 4 is obtained from Netarts Bay Drive, and is located around the mouth of Rice Creek. This area has a fairly even mix of gaper and butter clams.
Area 2 requires a boat for access; this is one of the closest areas from the boat basin. This area is sandy and a shovel is best for digging; a clam gun may also be used. This area is dominated by butter clams.
Areas 3 and 5 are large sandy bars and will require a boat for access. Gaper and cockles are the most common species in area 3 with mostly gapers in area 5. Shovels and clam guns will work best for digging gapers while cockles can be raked or handpicked off the surface.
Area 6 contains the largest area of sand bars and mud flats along with the widest variety of clam species, though the dominant species will be gaper and butter clams. This area can be reached by either boat or bank/walk-in access. Bank access is obtained from Netarts Bay Drive, both to the north and south of the intersection of Whisky Creek Road and Netarts Bay Drive. Shovels and clam guns will work best for digging in this area.
Area 7 will require a boat for access. This area is dominated by softshell clams; however, cockle and littleneck clams can also be found; use a shovel or clam gun for digging.
Area 8 is accessed best by walk-in from bank; look for small pullouts along Netarts Bay Drive north of the Whiskey Creek Café. These mud flats contain a fair amount of littleneck clams. A shovel or rake will work best here.
Area 9 will require a boat for crabbing. Pots may be set anywhere within this area, using caution to avoid direct placement in navigation channels.
Area 10 can be crabbed from a boat or off the bank using rod and reel set-ups for crab. Bank access is obtained along Netarts Bay Drive, from the boat basin to the mouth of Rice Creek. Remember, when placing pots from a boat, avoid direct placement in navigation channels.