Crabbing and clamming are popular with visitors to Oregon’s coast for a variety of reasons: they’re easy to do and there’s equipment for rent; the whole family can participate; and, with 363 miles of coastline, there’s plenty of opportunity.
Oregon estuatries are home to many species of abundant, edible clams such as the gaper, butter, cockle, littleneck and softshell. Harvesting them isn’t hard, but it pays to plan ahead and do a little homework on what to look for and what to do.
The much sought-after razor clam is large, meaty and delicious. Though not as wide-spread as bay clams, razor clams offer fun and challenging sport for the whole family.
Few Oregon delicacies can rival freshly-caught Dungeness crab – especially when you catch them yourself. The season in bays and estuaries is open year-round, and you can catch them from a boat or from the dock.
Oregon Tide Tables
The best clamming occurs during low and negative tides. Crabbing is best around slack tides.
Regulations – Marine Zone (pdf)
You’ll find a clam ID guide, directions for measuring a crab and daily bag limits