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Razor clamming opens to Oregon residents from Tillamook Head to CA border. Clatsop Co. beaches still closed to razor clamming.

Crabbing open to nonresidents from Cape Falcon south.

Ocean salmon fishing between Leadbetter Point and Cape Falcon will close effective at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

The annual summer conservation closure begins July 15 on beaches from Tillamook Head north to the Columbia.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Crabbing & Clamming

Mussels, like clams, are sedentary filter feeders. Those who like eating clams are likely to find mussels just as delicious. 

Features: Along Oregon's coast there are two species of mussel. Bay mussels (Mytilus edulis) are bluish-black and grow to about 3 inches in length. California surf mussels (Mytilus californianus) are brown or black and grow to about 7 inches long.

Habitat: Mussels often inhabit boulders in the upper tidal zone so it is best to go looking for them during low-tide.

Technique: Wearing a glove, use a twisting motion to pull mussels off the rocks, then immediately pull the "beard" off the bottom, the hairs that previously anchored the shellfish to the rocks. Be sure to check the regulations and safety closures before heading out to harvest mussels.