OREGON'S RAZOR CLAMS
A 6 7/8 inch razor clam dug from Agate Beach by my friend and lifelong razor clam digger, Bill Morris. Bill dug razor clams for the Shellfish Testing Program for the Shellfish Hotline. He was also a board member of the CDAO.
Digging Razor Clams on Clatsop Spit Beaches: for the 2016 - 2017 season did not open on 10/01/2016 because of elevated levels of Domoic acid. The end of the 2016 saw good numbers of large razor clams to carry over to the 2016 - 2017 season on the beaches associated with Clatsop Spit. It will will be difficult if razor clam digging productivity will be as good as it was for the 2015 - 2016 season. The number of razor clams at the begining of 2015 was 16 million clams.
A good population of carry over clams should be available for harvest on Clatsop Spit beaches during the low tides exceeding a minus 1.0 foot. Click on NOAA Tidal Projections North Jetty Columbia River. to view the tidal projections at the North Jetty of the lower Columbia River.
Large hold over razor clams dominated the take from Columbia Beach at Fort Stevens during the 2015 season. Hopfully the number of hold over clams available in 2016 will be a numerous. The razor clams in the photo were dug from the beach near the wreck of the Peter Iredale. 6/14/2014
Click on the ODFW Weekly Recreational Marine Report for information digging razor clams on Clatsop Spit.
Information Report 2000-06. Link, T. 2000. History and status of Oregon's Pacific razor clam resource.
On 06/05 Bell Buoy Seafood's report clam diggers are taking limits of razor clams with the most successful digging occurring higher in the tidal zone. Diggers are taking razor clams from a positive tide.
On 05/20 all of the beaches associated with Clatsop Spit are producing razor clam. The clams are being taken high in the tidal zone from a half a foot positive tide. The best clams are being taken from the beach associated with Camp Rilea and the beach at the foot of Broadway in Seaside. Smaller clams are located higher in the tidal with the largest clams being taken during the lowest tides. Razor clams seem to show better during the first few day of the tidal cycle as the tides get lower with each successive tide. Casual diggers should target beaches where the commercial diggers are working and taking large razor clams.
In March of last year the ODFW reported. This year’s Clatsop beaches stock assessment survey found the highest number of razor clams since ODFW began conducting the surveys in 2004. About 16 million razor clams inhabit the 18-mile stretch of beach located between the Columbia River south jetty and Tillamook Head. This estimate of clam abundance is significantly greater than the previous peak of 9 million clams in 2005. The average size of clams was a little over 2 ½ inches, and only a few larger than 4-inches were found. Razor clams were distributed fairly evenly along the entire stretch of beach.
Due to the large number of small razor clams on the beach, diggers should be highly selective about which shows they pursue. Harvesters are reminded they must retain the first 15 clams regardless of size or condition.
During the fall and winter months, low tide series are in the evening so harvesters should plan ahead. Razor clam harvesters should pay close attention to the surf forecasts and be on the beach one to two hours before low tide. If the forecast calls for combined seas over 8 or 10 feet, razor clamming can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions.
Last spring, my friend Darren a first time clam digger, following my advice scored 11 clams during a minus 0.23 tide at Gearhart.
HOW TO DIG OREGON'S RAZOR CLAMS
The Razor Clam chapter, the first chapter of Oregon's Clams is the definitive guide on how and where to dig for razor clams on the Oregon Coast. The razor clam chapter is full of photographs, illustrations and easy to follow instructions that will have you digging razor clams on your first trip out on Clatsop Spit beaches. Even though our books are written for adults launch a child on a lifelong adventure digging razor clams by giving them one of our books.
The razor clam chapter of Oregon's Clams discloses all of the beach locations where razor clams are commonly found along the Oregon Coast.
The photo array of the razor clam shows displays how to identify razor clams in the wet or dry sand.
The razor clam chapter of Oregon's Clams describes the methods recommended by ODFW to dig razor clams from the wet sand or dry sand. The clams in the photo were dug at Fort Stevens using the method recommended by the ODFW to dig Razor Clams. My friends and I have use this digging method to dig razor clams from the wet and dry sand for many years. Bill
The narrative with accompanying photo array describes the preferred method used for cleaning razor clams, using a knife or view the video clip here demonstrating how to clean razor clams using a hot water bath.
See the new and exciting additions to our family recipes for our critically acclaimed Oregon's Clam Chowder and our award winning Stuffed Clams. We are so very proud of a young lady who entered our recipe for Stuffed Clams and won the Grand Prize at the Clackmas County Fair.
Our family's favorite clam recipes are easily prepared entrees that your family will love. Marney Reed from Port Orford writes, "Hi Bill, Just wanted you to know we cooked your Clam Chowder recipe yesterday for company. It was the best chowder we've ever had - definitely restaurant quality!"
The book includes complete instructions for harvesting and preparing Oregon's other clams, Oregon's Bay Clams and mussels.
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The abundance of razor clams along the Oregon Coast varies greatly and dramatically due to ocean conditions, the erosion of beach sand due to El Niño and La Niña events, the annual movement of beach sand to and from the ocean and disease, but because of the decline in the population of razor clams south of Tillamook Head we recommend digging razor clams on the beaches associated with Clatsop Spit or with the beaches associated with Meyers Beach in Southern Oregon.
The Clatsop Spit Beaches, "Seaside, Gearhart, Del Rey Beach, Sunset Beach, Columbia Beach and Clatsop Spit" are one of the most productive beach areas for digging razor clams in the Pacific Northwest. Each year tens of thousands clam digging enthusiast visit area beaches to dig razor clams. ODFW claims that ninety five percent of Oregon's razor clam digging occurs there, but I believe the percentage is much higher. This year's (2016) population assessment by ODFW estimates the number of razor clams on Clatsop Spit beaches to be approximately sixteen million. The Clatsop Spit beaches are the ideal place for those new to digging razor clam to learn how to dig razor clams.
It was thrilling to read the comment posted on facebook by clam digger, Steven Schwindt, "I got started digging clams a few months ago. I bought William's Oregon's Razor Clams and it is big help to me. The book goes with me every time we go clamming."
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The information contained in Oregon's Clams will make you a better clam digger. The adventure begins with the narrative in the first chapter describing in detail how to dig razor clams, clean clams, cook clams and ends when you take your first limit of clams home.
The information in Oregon's Crabs describes the movement of Dungeness crabs into Oregon's Bays. The information reveals the most efficient methods to take crabs, kill crabs and shake crabs increasing the amount of crab meat harvested while shortening the time it takes to pick crabs.
Oregon's Clams: contains all the information for taking Oregon's Razor Clams or Bay Clams in Oregon's Coastal Waters; plus our award winning recipes. Click HERE to order the new 128 page color edition of Oregon Clams for $20.00 and $3.60 the Post Office charges to mail the book.
FREE CLAM DIGGING and CRAB CLINIC EVENTS
For those of you who desire hands on experience digging clams get a head start by attending our FREE Clam Digging, and Crabbing Classes. Our classes are the ideal way to introduce kids of all ages to the wonders of digging clams and taking crabs.
CLAM DIGGING EQUIPMENT
Successful clam digging and crabbing begins with the equipment your purchase. Our standard razor clam shovel is 56 inches in length with an 11 inch blade. They are light weight and will not wear you out digging for razor clams or bay clams.
Shown above with the razor clams we dug at the Cove in Seaside, Our standard razor clam shovel the best of inexpensive clam shovels on the market today at $34.75. The overall length of our standard razor clam shovel is 56 inches with an 11 inch blade. Our lightweight standard razor clam shovel is built for speed. A lightweight razor clam shovel has advantages over the heavier stainless steel shovels when digging razor clams or bay clams. The thin tempered steel blade penetrates the sand quickly and efficently without tiring the digger. The shovel is manufactured with a full length handle unavailable at retail outlets and an 11 inch tempered steel blade offset at the proper angle to take advantage on the method recommended by ODFW to dig razor clams from the wet sand. Unlike stainsteel shovels our standard razor clam shovels are so light they won't leave you arm weary after a day's pounding and digging razor clams. When you wear out one of our standard clam shovels buy another and dig more clams. Click HERE to purchase our standard razor clam shovel or for those of you new to digging razor clams purchase our Begininer's Special.
We use the clam shovels we sell to dig both razor clams and bay clams. Our standard razor clam shovel is manufactured by Willapa Marine with a full length handle unavailable at retail outlets and an 11 inch blade offset at the proper angle to take advantage on the method recommended by ODFW to dig razor clams from the wet sand.
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The Razor Clam Beginners Special as shown below. Purchase our long handled razor clam shovel and a copy of Oregon's Clams as shown below for $54.75 and the razor clam net clam or green net bay clam bag is FREE. That is a savings of $7.00 per order. Click HERE to order the Razor Clam Special for $54.75.
Our razor clam bag shown above is made using fine mesh with a draw string and button to keep your razor clams safe and secure. The 9 x 24 inch dimension is large enough to hold a limit of 15 largest razor clams or bay clams. Click HERE to purchase the razor clam bag for $6.00 plus $1.95 shipping and handling for the first razor clam bag ordered only; so order several. The cost of the green net bay clam bag is a dollar more.
After much consideration about which type of Clam Gun to recommend we have decided the best course of action was to go simple and recommend the plastic Clam Gun by by H20sports. Why spend a lot of money on expensive clam guns when you can spend less for the best before deciding which high end clam gun to buy. Click HERE to purchase the clam gun for $15.95.
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Clam Watch recommends using tidal projections from the NOAA tidal Projection Website
A good population of carry over clams should be available for harvest at Fort Stevens during the low tides exceeding a minus 1.0 foot. Click HERE to view the NOAA tidal projections at the North Jetty of the lower Columbia River.
Click HERE to view the NOAA Tidal Projections for the tidal stations located along the Oregon Coast.
Click on your area of interest to view the tidal projections
Oregon's clams and crabs are finite resources that must be managed accordingly. Recent events demonstrate more than ever the importance of clam digging and crabbing ethics. We cannot rely on the ODFW for guidance. It is our responsibility to our part.
The CDAO support the goals and objectives of the Razor Clam Society. We hope that you will support the Society as its membership grows along the Pacific Rim from California to Alaska.
POINTS OF INTEREST - PLACES TO SEE
Click HERE to view the Mile by Mile Points of interest and Great Places to see while visiting the Oregon Coast. In today's economy it is important to plan your trip to take advantage of your recreational opportunities. In addition to our Points of interest and Places to see while visiting the Oregon Coast click on the link to the Oregon Coast Today Newspaper to see interesting places to visit and new things to experience while visiting the Central Oregon Coast; or know before you go with the Country Traveler Online. We emphasize those businesses that support the interest of recreational clam diggers. Click HERE for information for Pete Heley's Outdoor fishing publications. We sell and endorse the products manufactured by Willapa Marine
PHOTO GALLERY OF EVENTS
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