Digging Razor Clams on Clatsop Spit Beaches: reopens on 10/01 with a good population of carry over clams to be available for harvest.
Overall, clam digging for razor clams on along the beach at Clatsop Spit has been excellent in recent years. The 2011 seasons saw a decline in the population density of razor clams, but the population density rebounded in 2012. Digging productivity was excellent in 2012. We expect good numbers of razor clams to be taken when the season reopens on 10/01/12. The best clam digging this past year is from the beach associated with Fort Stevens and at the Cove at southern end of Seaside. Remember dig safe. All the information for digging razor clams on the Oregon coast is posted here.
Harvesting razor clams reopened on 10/01 with a good population of carry over clams available for harvest. On 05/04 Bill from Bud's Campground reports limits of razor clams along the entire length of Clatsop Spit beaches.
We recommend staying at Bud's Campground Of all the R/V Parks along Hwy 101 in Seaside Bud’s Campground is the best. Bud’s is conveniently located 3 miles north of Seaside on the west side of Hwy 101. Bud's Campground is the only R/V Park that carries a complete line of razor clams digging equipment. Call Bud’s at:1-800-730-6855. Bill and Shirley will make your stay a pleasant one.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish safety hotline is toll free and provides the most current information regarding shellfish safety closures. The ODA Web pages may not be updated as quickly as the shellfish safety hotline. Please call the shellfish safety hotline before harvesting: 1-800-448-2474.
Fort Stevens razor clam diggers Jerry and his friend John dug limits of razor clams near the area south of the wreck of the Peter Iredale. Jerry reported, "We are returning to 1/4 mile south of the entrance at the Peter Iredale. The Razors are 5-5.5 inches and necking like crazy. -Jerry"
During the next series of low tides Jerry reported, "John and I got two nice limits of razors at the Peter Iredale shipwreck site yesterday a.m. The clams there are HUGE. take care my friend. -jerry."
Jerry and his friend John have been busy digging limits at the Cove in Seaside.
For a change of pace clam diggers Jerry Lynch and John Lim were going to dig gaper clams in Netarts Bay but the lure of yesterday's success was too great and they both dug limits of mostly 3 and 4 year old razor clams at the Cove at Seaside. On the previous day, clam digger Jerry Lynch and John Lim dug razor clams from the Cove at Seaside. Jerry dug a limit while John who is 75 only dug 9 clams. Most of the clams were 2 year old clams.
Association member Casey writes:
We hade a great time at seaside and got our limits of razors! It was our first time digging razors so we cracked some shells and got some small ones but we kept em all. We fried them up and they were delicious. I noticed that they have a similar flavor to abalone (I used to be a diver in Ca). Great fun and we can’t wait till next time.
I've included some pics of my wife Sonja and our limits and my nephew Brandon and his small one. Casey Brisbin
I've included some pics of my wife Sonja and our limits and my nephew Brandon and his small one. Casey Brisbin.
Internet Links of Interest for the Columbia River Estuary and Clatsop Spit
Webcams: Click on the following link to the Coast Guard Jettycam real time views of the bar crossing of Oregon's Bays and follow the instructions.
Click on Seaside Webcams for view of the beach at the Lanai or the Seaside Aquarium.
Tidal Projections: Tides are the rise and fall of the sea level caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun. Click on the current moon icon to follow the phase of the moon.
Click on NOAA Tides and Currents to link to the tide tables for the Oregon Coast; then scroll down and click on the location of interest.
Click on 2012 to view the NOAA tidal projections for Clatsop Spit at the North Jetty of the Columbia River Bar.
Plan for future clamdigging and or crabbing adventures on Clatsop Spit and the Lower Columbia River Estuary by clicking on the tidal projections at the N Jetty of the Columbia River Estuary and scroll down the desired month for 2012 and 2013.
TIDAL SURGE: Razor clam digging is often unproductive during periods of heavy tidal surge. I stay home if the offshore long ocean swells exceed 6.0 feet or when the combination of long ocean swells and wind waves exceed 8 feet in height. The height and interval of the long ocean swells is determining factor if I dig razor clams. If the long ocean swells are under 8 feet with 10 plus second intervals without much in the way of wind waves I go. If the long ocean swell are at 8 feet and building I stay home. The ODFW website recommends the height of 10 feet as the determining factor for digging razor clams. Safety is determining factor when digging razor clams or bay clams. There are guidelines diggers should follow when digging clams and raising the bar to 10 feet is not one of them. We recommend digging bay clams during periods of moderate to heavy surf. Remember, clam digging is most productive during periods of Spring tides and crabbing is most productive during periods of Neap tides. The harvest of razor clams on Clatsop beaches resumes on 10/01/12; however the low Spring tides occur during the evening hours.
Click on National Buoy Data Center to view the observations from buoys off the Oregon Coast.
Click on Stonewall Banks to to view buoy reports for the long ocean sells at the Stonewall Bank Buoy.
We provide a link to Oregon Surf Check to view the height and interval of the long ocean swells.
WEATHER FORECAST: Click on the NOAA Website Marine Digital Point Forecast Matrix Interface to view a detailed weather and surf forecast for the Oregon Coast. Position the cursor over the location of interest on the Oregon Coast and left click.
Click on NOAA Regional Weather Forecast to view the 7 day weather forecast for your area of interest. Click on the pink colored portion of the map for your area of interest. Click on the area of the map between the coastline and the blue line defining the weather forecast 10 miles to sea. Move the cursor over your area of interest and click for a detailed 7 day weather forecast.
Click HERE to view a detailed hourly forecast for weather, wind and surf conditions on the northern Oregon Coast.
Click HERE to view the Marine Forecast for the northern Oregon Coast.
Click HERE for the ten day weather forecast for Astoria.
Click HERE for the 10 day weather forecast for Seaside.
Razor Clam Forecast for Agate Beach, the North and South Jetties and the beaches from Waldport to Yachats. Not much improvement is expected for the North Jetty, however improved digging productivity is expected to improve for the South Jetty and at Agate beach the spring of 2013 season. Last season saw some limits of razor clams taken from Ona Beach north of Ona Beach State Park. Digging productivity comes down to the erosion of beach sand due to La Nina and the annual migrations of beach sand. We will have to wait and watch to see if digging productivity improves.
Plan for future clamdigging and or crabbing adventures by clicking on the tidal projections at the Bar of Yaquina Bay and scroll down the desired month for 2012 and 2013. Click on 2012 to view the NOAA tidal projections for Bar at the mouth of Yaquina Bay.
Digging for razor clams is more usually more productive on the front end of the series of low tides rather than the back side of the tidal series.Last Spring 2010 the CDAO had the pleasure of assisting Greg Harlow instruct the Toledo Outdoor School kids to dig razor clam at South Beach during a minus 1.8 foot tide. The rough surf conditions kept the clams from showing. I found one razor clam necking in about a foot of water and when I attempted to dig it the surf rolled me over. Greg found a razor clam necking and dug it. The kids gathered around Greg to get a good look at his prize. The kids returned to looking with renewed interest and shortly thereafter one young man dug his first razor clam.
Razor clam digging from Driftwood Beach just north of the entrance to Alsea Bay at Waldport to Yachats: Plan for future clamdigging and or crabbing adventures by clicking on the tidal projections at Waldport for Alsea Bay and scroll down the desired month for 2012 and 2013. Click HERE to view the NOAA tidal projections for Waldport on Alsea Bay.
Not much change is expected at Seal Rock but digging conditons should improve digging productivity toward Yachats.
Razor Clams from Baker Beach above Florence to Southern Oregon: At one time the digging for razor clams at Heceta Beach was considered the most product for any of the beaches located south of Tillamook Head. Plan for future clamdigging and or crabbing adventures by clicking on the tidal projections for the bar at the Entrance to the Siuslaw River and scroll down the desired month for 2012 and 2013.
Click on Entrance at the bar to the Siuslaw River to view the NOAA tidal projections.
Baker Beach: To view the trail from Hwy 101 to north end Baker Beach click on Heceta and Baker Beach Razor Clams. Last summer ODFW reported some razor clams were dug from the northern reach of Baker Beach. I have been unable to get any information from diggers on the digging productivity at Heceta Beach. The little I have heard that it is not very productive, but that does not mean much. At one time excluding the Clatsop Spit Beaches the digging of razor clams at Heceta Beach was considered the best place to dig razor clams in Oregon ahead of Agate Beach and Meyers Beach. There are some parking permit requirements to park at the beaches north of the North Jetty of the Siuslaw River. Parking is free at the North Jetty. A Lane County parking permit is required to park at the end Heceta Beach Road. There is a fee to park at the Sutton Lake Recreational area on the west side of Hwy 101 just north of Florence except for holders of the Golden Eagle pass program. I do not know if a parking permit of any kind is required at Baker Beach via the Bake Beach Rd. Baker Beach Rd. is the northern most access road to the beaches located north of the North Jetty except for the trail that leads to Baker Beach from the turnout overlooking the beach from Hwy 101.
North Jetty, Umpqua River to Sparrow Park Rd: No information available.
Bastendorff Beach Razor Clams: Bastendorff Beach located between Coos Bay and Yoakum Point is listed by ODFW as a razor clam location. Razor clams are once again being dug from Bastendorff Beach but the digging productivity is inconsistent at best.
North Beach Razor Clams at Coos Bay: Razor clams are dug from the sandy beach that separates the Charleston boat basin from the entrance of Coos Bay but the clam digging productivity is inconsistent at best. Razor clams are also dug from the sandy beach on the north shore just inside of the entrance to Coos Bay.Plan for future clamdigging and or crabbing adventures by clicking on the Tidal Projections for Charleston near the entrance to Coos Bay and scroll down the desired month for 2012 and 2013.
Click HERE to view the NOAA tidal projections for Charleston near the entrance to Coos Bay.
Whiskey Run Beach Razor Clams: Whiskey Run Beach off of Seven Devils Road allows beach access by motor vehicles and is listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Limited success over the last several seasons.
Face Rock, Bandon: No information available.
Meyers Beach: Click HERE to view the location of the most productivity razor clam digging beaches south of Seaside. Clam digger Sparkypaul shares his father's experience at Meyers Beach with us. "My Father was stationed @gold beach in the coast guard ww2 era and he dug a lot of clams @ meyers beach at that time. the only time he went back was during the 60's and he said he only got 8 or 9 clams but they were huge. I've always wanted to get over there on a good set of tides and see how it is now.......one of these days!!!!! " Thanks Sparkypaul. Do your part and share you clam digging and crabbing experiences with us. Bill
WEATHER FORECAST: Click the following link to view the local weather forecast for Brookings.
Click on the Marine Forecast from Florence to Cape Blanco to view the marine forecast featuring Small Craft Warning.
Click the following link to view the Marine Forecast for the NWS Medford Zone: Coastal waters from Cape Blanco OR to Pt. St. George CA out 10 nm (PZZ356).
The following NOAA link for detailed information for the Oregon Coast is a great source for planning your razor clam digging adventures. Click on the following link to see a detailed hourly forecast for weather and surf conditions on the southern Oregon Coast.
LONG OCEAN SWELLS: Click on to view the Oregon Surf Report. Use the Stonewall Bank buoy or the St Georges buoy in place of the out of service Port Orford buoy to view the height of the long ocean swells in Southern Oregon Beaches. Use the Port Orfored buoy station 46015. to view the height of the long ocean swells. National Buoy Data Center observation reports for buoys off the Oregon Coast. Click on National Buoy Data Center to view the observations from buoys off the Oregon Coast.
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