The areas around Bandon, on the Coquille River, have productive softshell beds. The areas near Bandon Marsh National Wildlife refuge tend to be the most popular. Populations of other bay clams may be found close to the jettys but are mostly subtidal.
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.
Park on the south end of bridge pullout and look for a firm walking path out to softshell beds.
Park at the Bandon Wildlife Refuge Marsh parking area and look for a good path out to abundant softshell beds.
Port of Bandon, near South Jetty (fee applies)
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.
Header photo by Richard Griffin, Flickr
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