Clam Digging and Crabbing Class Schedule - Activity Guide for Lincoln City

Bill Lackner proudly displays two very nice Dungeness crabs taken during one of the free crabbing classes sponsored by the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau at Siletz Bay. Digging Purple Varnish clams from Siletz Bay was featured on the weekly newspaper, The Oregon Coast Today.

Class instructor and author, William Lackner, is an authority on digging the clams and crabs common to Oregon's Coastal Waters. You may have seen him digging bay clams on the Oregon Coast Show or with weather guru Andy Carson from KPTV and or with Joel Porter of KMTR in Eugene, or in featured articles about digging clams and crabbing in the Lincoln City News Guard, the Statesman Journal The World Daily Newspaper in Coos Bay, the Newport Newstimes and in the Oregon Coast Today.

Learn to dig Oregon's Clams by attending our 2017 Clam Clinic Events - Attendance is absolutely FREE, or get a head start developing your clam digging skills with the book, Oregon's Clams, or enhance your knowledge about taking crabs from Oregon's coastal waters by purchasing Oregon's Crabs.

I would like to share a comment I received from clam digger Wayne. "Hi Bill, I had great success with the clams this year thanks to your class, and now we're enjoying Oregon's Chowder through the winter. I showed my grandson how to dig clams and now he's hooked. Great times!"

2017 Siletz Bay FREE Clam Digging and Crabbing Events

Each spring and summer the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau sponsors a series of free clam digging and crabbing classes. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. No registration is required. We thank the Driftwood Library and the Lincoln City for giving us the opportunity to share the wonderful bounty that Siletz Bay has to offer. See the class schedule below.

2017 Clam Clinics For Pollution Free Purple Varnish Clams

The clam digging classes are intended to provide the participants with the basic skill and knowledge to take clams from Oregon's Coastal Waters while taking advantage of the wonderful abundance of purple varnish clams in Siletz Bay. Each digger will go home with a limit of clams.

2017-08-29 Tue 11:45 Clam Digging Lecture

2017-08-29 Tue 12:55 PDT 2.28 feet Low Tide saw youngsters of all ages digging purple varnish clams

2017-09-12 Tue 10:30 Clam Digging Lecture

2017-09-12 Tue 11:41 PDT 1.85 feet Low Tide

2017-09-26 Tue 10:30 Clam Digging Lecture

2017-09-26 Tue 11:20 PDT 2.30 feet Low Tide

2018 FUTURE CLAM CLINIC DATES to be released soon.

Each clam digging clinic begins with a brief lecture at the Driftwood Public Library located at 801 SW Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. The lecture covers Oregon’s clam digging regulations, clam identification for taking purple varnish clams, harvest methods, as well as cleaning and cooking methods. Lectures last approximately 45 minutes before adjourning to dig clams.

Travel Directions to the digging area: following the clam digging lecture, participants will meet at the gravel pullout just north of the Bay House Restaurant located on the west side of Hwy 101. To get there, travel south on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City through the traffic signal at SW 51st St in the Historic Taft District. Cross over Schooner Creek and go past the asphalt paved Schooner Creek wayside parking area. Park adjacent to the Bill Board at the gravel pullout just south of the Schooner Creek wayside. 10:30am

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:

Each clam digger over the age of 12 will need a shellfish license. Annual shellfish licenses for Oregon residents are available on for 9.00 and shellfish licenses for non-residents are available for 17.00 for a three day a license. Annual licenses for non-residents are available at retail merchants only. People with disabilities seeking a disability permit for ODFW licenses need to fulfill the application requirements for a disabilities permit prior to purchasing the shellfish license. However when disabled persons are licensed they are granted some limited relief to some of harvest regulations for taking clams while crabbers are not. Refer to the ODFW regulations for information to obtain a disabled shellfish and leave plenty of time for doctor's visit in addition to allow the time it takes to process the paper work.

All Clam diggers will need:
A pair of gloves to protect your fingers
A clam bag for holding clams while in the digging area
A 5 gallon bucket to transport clams home
A shovel. Clam diggers may share a shovel.

NOTE: Clam licenses are $9.00 for residents or $17.00 3 day non-resident license. Gloves are sold at cost usually $1.00 or $2.00 a pair. The cost of shovels is $28.00 ea or rented for $5.00 with a $10.00 deposit. Clam bags sell for $5.00 ea and 5 gallon buckets $4.00 ea will be available for purchase on site the day of the clinic. Payment must be made by cash or check only. We suggest bringing some bottled water for hydration, a hand towel and a first aid kit containing bandages and hydrogen peroxide to treat and dress any cuts.

2017 Lincoln City Visitor Bureau Sponsored Crabbing Classes. Call Bill for additional information at 541 265 5847.

Our crabbing classes are designed to provide participants the basic hands on skill and knowledge about the art of taking Dungeness and red rock crabs from Oregon's Coastal Waters; and if we are lucky we will catch some crabs during the lesson. Once again, we thank the Lincoln City for giving us the opportunity to share the wonderful bounty that Siletz Bay has to offer.

OVERVIEW:

Prior to crabbing, participants will meet at the pavilion located at the end of SW 51st St in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City for a brief orientation. The orientation will familiarize participants with Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, crab identification, and cleaning and cooking techniques. Parking is available between Mo’s Restaurant and the pavilion.

For those of you who are new to crabbing we suggest ordering the Crab Max Starter Kit consisting of a Crab Max Crab Trap with a hand line, a crab gage, a wooden crab mallet and the book Oregon's crabs for $49.50 plus shipping and handling charge for shipping orders from my home; or $45.50 Crab Max Starter Kit without the 5 gallon bucket over the internet.

We have reduced price of the Crab Max Starter Kit to encourage you to participate in our Crabbing Clinics. Take advantage of reduced prices at the Crab Clinic by purchasing crab Max crab trap with hand line, our book Oregon's Crabs, a crab mallet, a crab gage and a 5 gallon bucket for $50.00 cash at the crab clinic. The bait, 3 chicken legs is provided at no cost to those who attend our crab clinics.

CRABBING CLINIC DATES 2017:

Prior to crabbing, participants will meet at the pavilion located at the end of SW 51st St in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City for a brief orientation. The orientation will familiarize participants with Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, identification, and cleaning and cooking techniques. Parking is available between Mo’s Restaurant and the pavilion.

2017-06-01 Thu 12:15 Crabbing Lecture Great day to be crabbing but no one told the crabs. No keepers.

2017-06-15 Thu 10:30 Crabbing Lecture The heavy rain drove us off of the bay.

2017-06-30 Fri 11:30 Crabbing Lecture crabbing productivity improves.

2017-09-22 Fri 08:00 Crabbing Lecture one young lady took a nice legal sized Dungeness crab. The parents of the child in the photo failed to catch a keeper crab during the Crab Clinic but took one Dungeness crab on Saturday and four on Sunday. They paid attention to the instructions and put them to success on Sunday. The purpose of the clinics is to provide shore based crabbers the knowledge to take crabs from Oregon's Coastal Waters. The Clincs are ideal for women, children and crabbers of all ages.

2017-09-22 Fri 08:43 PDT 0.70 feet Low Tide

REQUIREMENTS:
Each crabber over the age of 12 will need a shellfish license available on site for a 9.00 annual resident license, or 17.00 for a three day non-resident license. Annual licenses for non-residents are available at retail online merchants only. Crabbers may use up to three crab traps to take crabs in Oregon. Crab pots, crab rings and the small pyramid crab traps are inefficient for use while crabbing from shore. Crabs snares used with fishing poles work well but not nearly as well as spring loaded folding crab traps. We recommend the Crab Max spring activated folding crab trap. The trap with hand line can be purchased from Kenny's IGA Village Market on Hwy 101 in the Community of Taft for $34.95 or they can be purchased from us with a hand line for $30.00. Each crabber will also need a crab measure, a 5 gallon bucket, a package of chicken legs for bait and a pair of gloves to protect your fingers.

NOTE: All of the equipment will be available for purchase at the clinic site the day of the clinic at reduced prices. Purchase the Crab Max crab traps Starter Kit for $50.00 cash, Or take advantage of our low prices by purchasing 1 or more Crab Max folding crab traps with hand lines for $30.00 ea. The difference in the price of the Crab Max Starter Kit sold over the internet and at the crabbing clinics is the cost of the bucket.

The Crab Max Starter Kit for with 3 Crab Max Crab traps with hand lines sells for $90.00. The Crab Max Starter Kit with 3 Crab Max Crab Traps sells for $110.00. We urge you to purchase our book Oregon's Crabs for $10.00, our crab gage for 2.50 and our wooden crab mallet for 3.00. We sell gloves at cost but the price varies with the quality of the gloves. Each crabber should have bucket. We sell 5 gallon buckets to hold and transport the crabs home for $4.00 ea. Payment must be made by cash or check only. If you plan to buy equipment at the clinic please arrive 30 minutes early. Three chicken legs will be available a no charge for those who actually crab at our crabbing clinics.

Each crabber in the State of Oregon is allowed to crab with three Crab Max crab traps or three other devices. However because of the limited space along the north shore of Siletz Bay we ask that each crabber to crab with one Crab Max crabbing trap.

COASTAL ENCOUNTERS CLAM DIGGING and CRABBING CLINIC SCHEDULE

The Coastal Encounters Program crabbing and clam digging clinics in May are sponsored by the Lincoln City Driftwood Library. Each Tuesday in May features a guest speaker presenting topics of interest unique to the Oregon Coast. Attendance is free and no class registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

During the Coastal Encounters Program we will present a lecture on crabbing and a lecture on clam digging. We will meet at Siletz Bay each morning following the lecture to either for dig for pollution free purple varnish clams or crab for Dungeness crabs.  

The clam digging lecture and crabbing lecture cover all aspects of recreational clam digging and crabbing. The lectures cover all the information on Oregon’s clam digging and crabbing regulations, identification of all the clam and crab species of interest to recreational clam diggers, harvest methods, cleaning and cooking methods. The lectures begin at 18:30 pm and end at 19:45 or sooner depending on audience participation. We do ask of those who participate in digging clams or crabbing on each Wednesday to attend the lectures to become familiar with Oregon’s clam digging and crabbing regulations prior to actually digging clams or taking crabs. Knowledge of what is expected of you contributes to the success of our program while you are digging clams or crabbing.

COASTAL ENCOUNTERS CLAM DIGGING CLASS 

Coastal Encounters Clam Digging Class is a two day event. We will meet at the conference room of the Driftwood Library at 18:30 On Tue 05-30-2017 for a lecture covering all aspects of digging clams on the Oregon Coast and to Oregon’s Bays. The Driftwood library is located in the City Hall Building on the 2nd floor across the street from Burger King on HWY 101.

On Wed 05-31-2017 the morning following the lecture we will We will meet at 10:00 am at the gravel turnout just north of the Bay House Restaurant to dig for the purple varnish clams. A low tide of 0.43 feet occurs at 12:24 pm. 

Each clam digger will need a pair of gloves to protect your fingers from being cut by the sharp edges of the clam shells. We sell gloves at cost. Each digger must have their own container either a bag or bucket. We sell clam bags for $6.00 ea and a 5 gallon bucket to store and transport the clams home for $4.00 ea. Each digger will need a shovel of some type. Our clam shovel sells for 28.00 and is ideal for digging bay clams and razor clams. Our clam shovel is literally the best shovel available for digging razor clam or bay clams.

We suggest bringing some bottled water to drink and a hand towel. We strongly urge you to purchase the clam digging book, Oregon's Clams for $15.00. The information provided along with color photos and ODFW clam maps reveal everything about digging razor clams and bay clam from Oregon's coastal waters. Payment must be made by cash or check only. If you plan to buy equipment at the clinic please arrive 30 minutes early.

My clam lab, Cali Ann, oversees those new to digging clams. Diggers in the photo on the right dug limits of softshell clams after digging limits of purple varnish clams. All of the participants of the Coastal Encounters program went home with limits of clams.

COASTAL ENCOUNTERS CRABBING CLASS

We suggest using the Crab Max folding crab traps that we sell or purchase them from local retailers. The Crab Max folding crab trap was designed specifically for crabbing from the shore of Oregon's Bays. The other types of crab traps are not suitable for crabbing from the sandy shore.

Each crabber over the age of 12 will need a shellfish license, a folding crab trap with hand line, crab measure, a pair of gloves, a 5 gallon bucket and a tray (package) of chicken legs for bait.

Crab Max folding crab traps with hand lines will be available for purchase on site the day of the clinic. Purchase 1 Crab Max folding crab traps for 30.00 ea. Or take advantage of our crab max special by purchasing 2 or more Crab Max folding crab traps with hand lines for 30.00 ea. Purchase our book Oregon's Crabs for 10.00, our crab gage for 2.00 and our wooden crab mallet for 3.00 and we will provide 3 chicken legs at no charge. We sell gloves but the price varies with the quality of the gloves from $1.00 to $2.00 our cost for cheap gloves. Payment must be made by cash or check only. If you plan to buy equipment at the clinic please arrive 30 minutes early.

2017-05-09: We meet on Tue at 18:30 pm at the Driftwood Library for a Crabbing Lecture. We will discuss all aspects of crabbing from Oregon’s Coastal waters. The Driftwood library is located in the City Hall Building on the 2nd floor across the street from Burger King.

2017-05-10: we meet on the beach west of Mo’s at 8:45 am to crab along the north shore of Siletz Bay. Park between Moe’s and the Pavilion at the end of SW 51 ST. Low tide -0.29 occurs at 07:36 am. 

Last May's 2015 Coastal Encounters Crab Clinic:

On May 20th 2015 two boys realized their dreams by catching a Dungeness crabs apiece at our FREE crab clinic sponsored by the Coastal Encounters program for the Driftwood Library.

2013 Lincoln City Sponsored Clamming & Crabbing Clinics

Things got off to a slow start for the clam digging classes on 09/13. The class filled up after the lecture began filling to standing room only. After the lecture, we met at the gravel turnout on the east shore of Siletz Bay to dig for purple varnish clams. The participants of the dig went home with limist or all of the clams they desired to dig.

The clam digging class for 09/06 was especially gratifying because of the young clam digger's enthusiasm for digging purple varnish clams, and the thrill of digging a softshell clam by the retired clam digger from San Diego.

On 08/23 crabbers gathered at the Pavilion at the end of 51st along the north shore of Siletz Bay to learn how to crab. Crabbers managed to take 2 legal sized crabs. This year was the worst for crabbing from the docks and shore of Oregon's Bays. The low productivity only added to the importance of taking home clams for dinner..

2012 Lincoln City Sponsored Clamming & Crabbing Clinics

The Lincoln City Visitor and Culinary Center sponsored a series of FREE Clamming & Crabbing Clinics at Siletz Bay. The clinics were conducted by William Lackner.

8/10/12 - The last clam digging class at Driftwood Public Library: 12:30 at Siletz Bay was terrific as approximately 50 participants eventually filled the room to overflowing for the lecture on digging the clams of interest to recreational clam diggers. The value in the sign up sheet for participants is providing us with your email address to send you photos of our clam dig. Clam digger Zachary failed to sign up and I am sure he would like the photos of his children's first limits of clams. Bill7/2- 11:00 at Driftwood Public Library; 1:00 at the Siletz Bay

After the lecture 30 plus clam diggers met at the gravel pullout just north of the Bay House restaurant to dig limits of purple varnish clams. Clam digger, Zachary

and his children pictured in the first two photographs above share the moment of digging their first limits of clams together. In the third photograph my lab, Cali Ann shows the clam diggers how to do it. The fourth photograph speaks for itself.

CRABBING: can only get better as we head into September. They will be more legal sized males entering Oregon's Bay and their shells will be getting harder and the crabs heavier with the sweet succulent meat we all love. These are the last two opportunities this year to experience the new wave method of crabbing with folding crab traps from the sandy shore or deep water docks in Oregon's Bays.

8/3 – 8 AM crabbing class meet at the pavilion for a brief orientation prior to heading out onto the beach to crab on a gorgeous sunny day. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a grand time. The crabbing in Siletz Bay has been improving. The catch of the day was 5 Dungeness crabs, 4 crabs several crabbers got 3 crabs, 2 crabs, 1 crab and no crabs.

Prior to the orientation, I caught 1 hard shell crab Dungeness crab, 1 very large male soft shell Dungeness crab and 1 female Dungeness crab. I used the crabs to make talking points during the lecture between the differences between male and female crabs and between hard shell and softshell crabs. Both the female and softshell crabs were returned to the bay. However, most of the crabbers that caught soft shell crabs retained them except for crabber Jamie. To her credit, Jamie returned the soft shell  crab to the bay. She enthusiastically embraced both crabbing and digging clams and my girl, Cali Ann in the photo below. Crabbing and digging clams with her was great. 

My friend Darrin and his family were there to participate in the crabbing and clam digging. Some of the family members were visiting from Sweden. What a joy to see the fun they had interacting with one another while crabbing and digging clams. Darrin's young nephew, Collin had a great time digging his first limit of clams. He was just beaming with pride as he showed me his clams. Collin is the red haired young man seen with his mother in the photo and in both video clips. He is well on his way to a lifelong adventure digging clams and catching crabs.

CDAO Clam Clinics 2011

Clam Clinic Netarts Bay 2011 was a 2 day event. We met at the Tillamook Library on Saturday July 2 nd at 11:30 am for a lecture on digging the clams common to Oregon's coastal waters followed by a period for questions and answers. The Tillamook City library is located at 1716 3rd St in Tillamook. We met on Sunday morning July 3rd at the turnout south of the intersection of Whiskey Creek RD and Netarts Bay RD. at 08:15 - 08:30. Our focus was on gaper clams.

In the first photo the diggers are harvesting their clams after receiving instructions from CDAO member Dave Randleman for instructions on how to dig gaper clams. In the second photo Dave reaches down into the hole to retrieve a small gaper clam.

In the fourth photo Dave displays his prize a small gaper clam. In the fourth photo the diggers disperse across the tidal flats to dig for gaper clams. In the fifth photo Dave displays his limit of bay clams all nineteen of them plus 1 white macoma sand clam.

Clam Clinic Siletz Bay 2011

Clam Clinic Siletz Bay 2011 was a great way to introduce those new to clam digging and the wonders found in the marine environment. We met at the Lincoln City Library on Tuesday May 31st at 18:00 pm for a 2 hour plus lecture on digging the clam species common to Oregon's Bays. We met the follow morning on Wednesday June 1st at the gravel pullout just north of the Bay House Restaurant at 7:30 am. All of the diggers went home with limits of purple varnish clams.

Our Clam Clinics and Crabbing Clinics (like the two we held in Coos Bay) are the ideal way to introduce kids of all ages to the wonders of digging clams and taking crabs. However, the information in our books will reveal everything you need to know to successfully dig clams or take crabs from Oregon's coastal waters. Bill

New Program: Tide Pooling in the Tide Pools on the Beach at Lincoln City

Introduce you children to the wonders of the Oregon coast by visiting a guided tour of the tide pools on the beach at Lincoln City. The tour is free and everyone is welcome. The tide gradually recedes, leaving behind exposed rocks with many little pools of still salt water. In those pools many colorful, exotic creatures make their homes – starfish, sea anemones and urchins, and tiny fish. Starfish live side-by-side with sea anemones and sea urchins. The starfish are red, orange and pink; the sea anemones are a rich purple and green; and the sea urchins a rich, dark purple. Among this cornucopia of colors are tiny fish and hermit crabs darting from one rocky shelter to the next. Rocky residents like mussels and barnacles thrive in the intertidal zone. Mussels have a long, tapered dark blue to black shell. The vivid, orange flesh of the mussel is edible and a prized delicacy in many parts of the world. Barnacles are small, and usually white, and cluster on rocks and pilings. Check the local tide tables for a minus tide, which is the best time to explore tide pools.

There are several good areas to explore tide pools in the Lincoln City area. Two of the best are at Roads End State Park and at the 15th Street beach access. Take a guided tour of tide pools by meeting us at NW 15th st as scheduled below. We do not advise participants to park on the beach. Park at the beach access parking area, on the street. The Seagul Beachfront Motel allows participants of the tidal pool to park their cars at the motel parking lot during the tour. I took the photo of the marine organisms fluorescing at varying degrees of intensity while visiting a tide pool. Click on the following image to enlarge it. Florescence of marine organisms is fairly common but difficult to capture with the camera.

Join the Tour on the follow Tide Pool Clinic dates:

Click on Sunday July 24, 2016 @ 10:00am to view Tide Pool Tour.

The 2017 Tide Pool Clinic dates will be posted in early 2017

For Tour information contact us at:
Lincoln City Visitor Bureau 801 SW Highway 101 • Suite 401 • Lincoln City • Oregon • 97367 • or call 541- 996-1274 • 1-800-452-2151

Lincoln City Events and Attractions

Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest

We now have look forward to the 2017 Sandcastle Contest.

Date & Location:

Saturday, August 13, 2016: 11am – 5pm
Siletz Bay, Historic Taft District in Lincoln City
SW 51st Street

For more information, contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or Bob Gibson at 541-994-3405.

Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio

Create your own Glass Art at Jennifer Sears Art Studio located at 4821 SE Hwy 101 • 541-996-2569 in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City, visit the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio to learn and experience the fine art of glassblowing.

Culinary Center in Lincoln City

Explore your culinary side. Enjoy recreational classes featuring seasonally-inspired cooking that focus on the abundant foods of the Pacific Northwest.

Classes include a wide array of subjects and cuisines and offer both hands-on and demonstration styles.

Lincoln City Cultural Center features a series of events and classes scheduled through the Cultural Center's Performing Arts, Events, Galleries and Classes all of which are topics of interest that challenge the interest for all family members.

Lincoln City Community Center
2150 NE Oar Place
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541.994.2131

Click here for the Summer Fun Guide!

Click here for the Summer Pool Schedule! We are open the following legal Holiday! September 5 - Labor Day
Holiday Schedule for Weight room, cardio room, walking track, gymnasium: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Holiday Pool schedule: 11 a.m.-Noon Independent Exercise, Noon- 1:15 p.m. Lap Swim, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Rec SwimHoliday hours for Rock Wall: Noon-4 p.m.

North Lincoln County Historical Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits where you can learn About Lincoln County’s rich history and unique qualities, from its rugged settlers to the development of its main industries.

CDAO PHOTO GALLERY

Click HERE to view photo gallery of clam digging activities. Participate! Share your clam digging and crabbing adventures with us by emailing them to crabbinginfo@yahoo.com 22 @ 10:30am

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:

Each clam digger over the age of 12 will need a shellfish license. Annual shellfish licenses for Oregon residents are available on for 9.00 and shellfish licenses for non-residents are available for 17.00 for a three day a license. Annual licenses for non-residents are available at retail merchants only.

People with disabilities seeking a disability permit for ODFW licenses need to fulfill the application requirements for a disabilities permit prior to purchasing the shellfish license. However when a disabled persons are licensed they are granted some limited relief to some of harvest regulations for taking clams while crabbers are not.

Share your recipes with the clam digging and crabbing community, or share photographs of your clam digging or crabbing adventures by emailing them to us at crabbinginfo@yahoo.com. Return to Oregon's Razor Clam Page, Return to Oregon's Clams, Return to Clam Clinic 2017 or to Oregon's Crabs.