Oregon clams include the much-prized razor clam, as well as bay clams -- a catch-all term that includes several different species of clams. Bay clams are widely distributed on the coast, while razor clams are concentrated on the north coast beaches in Clatsop county. Crabbers mostly target Dungeness crab, but also encounter red rock crab. It, too, is fine table fare.
Most Popular Species
Oregon Dungeness crab is an international favorite, highly sought-after for its sweet flavor. You can harvest your own crab with minimal gear in locations up-and-down the Oregon coast.
Digging razor clams is a challenging and fun recreational pastime with delicious rewards.
Check the tide table
Incoming and outgoing tides can affect several marine fisheries. For example, clamming is best during low and negative tides.
Clams and Biotoxins
Learn more about the biotoxins that occasionally shut down razor clamming, and sometimes crabbing, on the Oregon coast.
Buy a shellfish license
Fall and winter can be excellent times for crabbing and clamming. And shellfish licenses are quite affordable ($10) for youth and adults 12 and older.