Regulation updates as of June 12, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
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Now is the time to get out your boots and buckets. Daytime negative low tides during the spring and summer provide ample opportunity to clam and enjoy Oregon’s estuaries. Click the links to learn more about and to bay clam and .
Clatsop Beach razor clamming (Oregon’s northern 18 miles of beach) was very productive the last low-tide tide series with many harvesters obtaining their limit. Clams can be found throughout the area and are uniform in size at around 4-inches. Clams can be found at tides as low as a 0.0 or lower if the surf is lower than 8 feet.
For the Central Coast area, diggers have been able to harvest limits on some specific sandbars, but until the beaches build up through the spring, the flat sandy areas with a good abundance of clams will be accessible only at tide levels well below 0.0. Diggers report mixed success at Newport beaches as well as difficulty seeing shows at times.
Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them. You can also get more clamming maps or at the coastal ODFW offices.
Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.
Crabbing in the Coos Bay estuary and lower Coquille estuary have been limited. Crabbing by boat and setting pots near the jetties yields the most crab. Dock crabbers are picking up some legal Dungeness crabs on the docks at Weber’s Pier in Bandon.
Central coast crabbing in Alsea and Yaquina bays has been fair to moderate by boat with less success for Dungeness from shore.
In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the . Crabbers can retain 24 red rock crabs of any sex or size. Some crabbers in estuaries may encounter non-native European green crab in their catch this year. While they look similar to Oregon’s native shore crabs, they can be identified by the three prominent bumps between the eyes and 5 spines down the side of the carapace. The daily catch limit for European green crab is 10 crab of any size or sex.