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Where to Dig Bay Clams


Where to dig?

In nearly every Oregon estuary, some species of bay clams can be found. However, abundances and variety of species is different for each bay depending on a number of factors. Size and shape of the bay are the most critical factors. Tidal exchange, salinity, species ranges, and substrates also weigh heavily.

These maps outline areas that are most commonly accessed by recreational diggers.

Summary of bay clam availability by area

Bay clam map


Necanicum Bay: Softshells, Purple Varnish

Nehalem Bay:     Softshells, Purple Varnish

Tillamook Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells, Purple Varnish

Netarts Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells, Purple Varnish

Nestucca Bay:     Softshells, Purple Varnish

Siletz Bay:   Softshells, Purple Varnish

Yaquina Bay:  Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells, Purple Varnish

Alsea Bay:        Cockles, Softshells, Purple Varnish

Siuslaw River:  Gapers, Cockles,  Softshells

Umpqua River:   Gapers, Softshells

Coos Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells

Coquille River:   Softshells

South Coast:

Chetco and Rogue river basins have high freshwater influence, and therefore no accessable bay clams. In some of the south coast's rocky nearshore areas, littleneck and butter clams can be found under rocks and amongst gravel. Due to the tough terrain, very few clammers harvest on the rocky nearshore of the south coast.




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