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Effective June 16, 2019, retention of  steelhead allowed downstream of  Moody Rapids.

Effective June 16, 2019, retention of  steelhead allowed downstream of Tumwater Falls.

Effective July 1, bag limits on wild adult Chinook salmon are reduced.

Effective June 13, 2019, the Trask River Hatchery Hole will be closed.

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Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of July 8, 2019

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

DUNGENESS CRAB

  • Recreational crabbing is open along the entire Oregon coast from the Columbia River to the California border, including the ocean, bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties.
  • For recreational crab harvesters, it is recommended that crab always be eviscerated prior to cooking, which includes removal and discard of the viscera, internal organs, and gills.
  • Because of Oregon’s precautionary management of biotoxins, the crab and shellfish products currently being sold in retail markets and restaurants are safe for consumers.
  • Before clamming or crabbing, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at: http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosures
  • The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

 RAZOR CLAMS

  • Razor clamming is OPEN from Tillamook Head to Cape Blanco.
  • Recreational razor clamming is CLOSED from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.
  • The annual conservation closure for the Clatsop beaches is in effect as of July 15. 
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We want your photos

Attention crabbers and clammers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out digging clams or setting crabpots, we’d love to see photos of your visit to the coast. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

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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 where and how to bay clam and razor clam.

RAZOR CLAMS

The annual conservation closure for the Clatsop beaches is in effect (July 15 - September 30).

For the Central Coast area, diggers have seen moderate success on Agate Beach and North Jetty. Diggers report lower success and difficulty seeing shows at South Beach.  

BAY CLAMS

Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them. You can also get more clamming maps here 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.

CRAB

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 moderate by boat with less success for Dungeness from shore. Many crabs are soft after molting. 

In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the red rock crab. 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.