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Shellfish Areas - Umpqua River/ Winchester Bay

Winchester Bay
Umpqua River

 

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.

Umpqua River is one of Oregon's largest estuaries, however, high freshwater influence makes the bay seasonal for crabbing. Softshell clam populations in the Umpqua river are among the highest in the state, additionally, they are large clams.

Razor clams can be dug at the North Jetty of the Umpqua, though its a long drive down sparrow park road (just north of Gardiner), then South along the beach around 8 miles.

Shellfish regulations can be found here.

 

Activity Species Description:

Bay clamming:

how to bay clam

Softshell clam
Softshell clams are abundant throughout Umpqua Bay, also they tend to be very large in size compared to other bays. Most of Umpqua's clam beds can only be accessed by boat. An easy access bed is near Bolin island where the 101 bridge between Reedsport and Gardner.

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.

 

umpqua river map


Northwest Umpqua (NU):

Hard to access, but an excellent bed of softshell clams.

"The Point" (TP):

Hard to access, but an excellent bed of softshell clams..

Gardiner (GR):

Access these beds from the town of Gardiner.

Steamboat Island (SI):

Hard to access, but an excellent bed of softshell clams..

Bolon Island (BI):

Easily accessed from turnout on highway 101, many softshell clams in some years.

Boat Launches

  • Two boat ramps are available in Winchester Bay

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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