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Low Tide
When to Dig for Bay Clams

 

When should you dig clams... at low tide.

How low should the tide be... any tide that approaches 0.0 Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) along with some basic knowledge should assure you of a clamming trip that will provide you with all the fresh clams you need for a meal. The lower the tide the more clam beds become available. "Negative tides", tides that are below 0.0 MLLW, are a common standard for a worthwhile clamming trip. The lowest tides usually occur in the spring months. It is best to be on the clam beds at least one hour prior to peak low tide.

Softshell clams can be dug at higher tides than many other bay clams, since they live higher in the tidal range.

Tide books are the most common source of this information.

Tidal information is also available on the web on sites such as this NOAA link

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