Regulation updates as of May 20, 2020
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
Recreational crabbing for nonresidents is now open from Cape Falcon south to the OR/CA border. All other shellfish license activities (clamming, mussel harvest, etc.) remain closed to nonresidents until further notice.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers will need to mark all floating surface buoys with the owner’s full name or business name and at least one of the following: phone number, permanent address, ODFW Angler ID number, or vessel identification number. Mark your information in a clear, legible, and permanent manner. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties, or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any gear that could become derelict or lost. Find more information here.
Submit your fishing photo to ODFW and we might use it here or elsewhere on MyODFW.com.
ODFW recognizes that we are facing extraordinary times and urges all citizens to take extra precautions to keep yourself, your family, and the entire community of Oregon healthy.
This is the time of year when morning low tides and improving weather typically bring visitors from throughout Oregon and beyond to the coast to harvest clams. Our local bays and ocean also receive many crabbers. We recognize that travel at this time should be done with careful, serious consideration given to your health, and the health of the receiving community.
Think about these actions in common spaces associated with harvesting fish and shellfish such as docks, piers, beaches, boat ramps, and fish and boat cleaning stations that are open.
Please keep yourself and samplers safe.
ODFW Samplers (aka fish checkers) will be at the docks, piers, and boat launches in a number of locations along the coast. In order to maintain their safety and the angling public we are striving to maintain a minimum of 6 ft. of distance at all times, and the ODFW samplers will be wearing masks. We appreciate your assistance and patience in maintaining the distancing and providing your clams and crab for inspection in a safe manner. Thank you for taking the extra efforts that are required at this time.
Daytime negative low tides provide a great opportunity for harvesting clams. Plan to start an hour before the predicted low tide to give you enough time to clam before the tide returns. Clammers should still use caution when clamming during early mornings when visibility is low.
Check out the for places to find bay clams. You can also get more clamming maps .
Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.
Clatsop Beach razor clamming was very active the last low-tide tide series with many harvesters clamming. Find clams at tides as low as 0.0 ft or lower if the surf is lower than 8 feet.
Razor clamming closes on Clatsop Beach (Tillamook Head in Seaside to the mouth of the Columbia River) on July 15 through September 30 for the annual conservation closure. This closure protects newly-set young clams and gives them a chance to establish on the beach during the summer.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers must mark all floating surface buoys with a name and other identifying information. See more information in the Regulation updates section above. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any gear that could become derelict or lost. .
Crabbing reports for each bay are not available year-round. As they are available during the year, updates will be posted below.
Crabbing effort picked up recently as weather and conditions improved. Crabbers report variable catches of full, hard-shelled crab, indicating that the molting season has not started yet for male crab.
In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the . Look for them in larger bays with jetties and other rocky habitats. Crabbers can retain 24 red rock crabs of any sex or size. There have also been higher numbers of in Yaquina Bay. This crab counts as your “Other” shellfish, which has a daily bag limit of 10 in aggregate with other species that fall in this category (see page 82 of the fishing synopsis for more details). While they look very similar to red rock crab, their long antennae and large claws distinguish them; they sometimes have spots on their abdomen.
Some crabbers in estuaries may also encounter non-native European green crab in their catch this year. While they look similar to Oregon’s native shore crabs, identify them by the three prominent bumps between the eyes and 5 spines down the side of the carapace. They are not always green and color is not a good identifying feature. The daily catch limit for European green crab also falls in the “Other” shellfish category and is 10 in aggregate with other species that fall in this category (see page 82 of the fishing synopsis for more details). European green crab can be any size or sex.
Always check for closures at the ODA Shellfish Safety page before clamming or crabbing. http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosures.