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Digging Clams in Siletz Bay

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These charts depict popular, productive shellfishing areas. Many other areas have these species but may be less popular to access. Additionally, many other species of shellfish, some popular for harvest (e.g. bait shrimp, razor clams, etc.) may be present, but not represented here.

Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for beach-goers and clam diggers.  Some of the highest density purple varnish clam beds are easily accessed here.  Its proximity to the ocean also makes it a very productive seasonal crabbing area.

Shellfish regulations

Activity Species Description:
Bay clamming

how to bay clam

Softshell clam
Purple varnish clams are abundant and easily dug in the lower bay. Softshell clams can be found mixed in those lower bay beds, but also are found in the areas up-bay, for example near the 101 bridge
Shore crabbing

how to crab

Dungeness and red rock crab
Shoreside crabbing can be pursued both from the bank on the north side of the mouth of the bay and from the public fishing pier.  The bank is better at lower tides when gear can be thrown into deeper water.  At high tides, water covers the beaches and the best access is the pier directly in front of Mo’s.
Boat crabbing
Dungeness and red rock crab

Dungeness crabbing in the summer to early winter can be good. Limited area can be found near mouth of Siletz Bay.Use extra caution when boating near the ocean.  Tidal currents can be extreme and sneaker waves can swamp boats.


Siletz bay map

North of Schooner Creek (NC)

Beds of purple varnish clams can be found here.

Siletz Bay bed (SZ)

Beds of purple varnish clams can be found here, softshell clams may be interspersed.


Boat Launches

  • The boat launch in Siletz Bay is located off Highway 229 (Siletz Highway), just east of Highway 101 at Kernville.


Information provided is a result of ODFW creel and population surveys, spot checks, and input from local residents. The purpose of this map is to provide the user with information and locations of recreational shellfish areas where the most likelihood of success may be found by species. Clam species identified within a particular area represent the most abundant found; other species may be present or may exist in areas not identified on the map. This is to be used as a reference as sandbars, clam beds, and species composition can shift over time. Always use caution when boating/crabbing in the lower bay as swift currents during tidal exchanges can occur, and result in loss of gear or cause boat to be pulled out to sea if mechanical problems arise. Developed 2014.


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