Oregon's Clams

Now with AWARD WINNING RECIPES the 128 page color E edition of Oregon's Clams is the complete color guide to digging clams on the Oregon Coast. The photographs, illustrations and easy to follow instructions in the color edition will unlock the secrets to digging razor clams or bay clams (gaper clams, cockles, butter clams, littleneck clams, Manila clams, purple varnish clams or softshell clams) on your first trip out.

Two limits of bay clams dug by Greg Harlow and myself at Idaho Point in Yaquina Bay. On the roll over clam digger John proudly displays a geoduck clam he dug from Coos Bay. Geoduck clams occur infrequently in Oregon's Bay. They are rarely dug from Coos Bay and Netarts Bay

Discover the rewards of digging Oregon's clams by purchasing a copy of the book, Oregon's Clams. Digging clams is a recreational activity that can be enjoyed by all members of the family regardless of age as shown below by then 13 year old Katie and her twin sister Maggie were featured in an Oregon Coast Today articles March 2009 and July 2013 digging for purple varnish clams in Siletz Bay. You may have seen the author and avid clam digger, William Lackner, digging bay clams on the Oregon Coast Show, or with weather guru Andy Carson from KPTV as shown below or with Joel Porter of KMTR in Eugene.

Oregon's Clams includes: All the information necessary to consistently dig limits of Oregon's Razor Clams and Oregon's Bay Clams.

Oregon's Clams discloses all of the locations where both bay clams and razor clams are commonly found along the Oregon Coast.

The photos of the bay clam and razor clam shows displays how to identify both bay clam shows and razor clam shows in the wet and dry sand.

The information on Razor Clams describes the methods to dig razor clams from the wet and dry sand. The clams in the photo were dug at Fort Stevens using the method recommended by the ODFW to dig Razor Clams using our standard clam shovel.

The narrative with accompanying photo array in the book describes the preferred method used for cleaning razor clams or bay clams using a knife or clion the video clip here demonstrating how to clean razor clams in a hot water bath. The pictorial essays and accompanying narratives describe the BEST METHODS used to clean Oregon's Bay Clams: purple varnish clams, gaper clams, cockles and softshell clams, Manila clams and butter clams.

ODFW Maps of Oregon's Bays that disclose the location of the clams common to each bay. Click HERE to see the map of the clams common to Siletz Bay and a video and photo array of our clam digs.

Click HERE to see the photo essay of the Clamslayer Brandon Williams taking gaper clams with ease using a Shrimp pump in the shallow water of Coos Bay. Using the shrimp pump is one of the most productive methods for taking bay clams from the exposed surface of the tidal flats or from areas of the tidal flats covered by shallow water.

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. Join the fun! Nothing compares to the flavor of freshly dug clams prepared with my family's award winning recipes or recipes submitted by our fellow clam diggers. 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!"

Includes complete instructions for gathering and preparing Oregon's mussels.

Personalize your copy of Oregon's Clams with an autograph by the author by entering your name or the name of the person you are giving the book to in the appropriate box on the payment page.

Even though our books are written for adults launch a child on a lifelong adventure digging Oregon's Clams by giving them one of our books.

Get a head start developing your clam digging skills by purchasing the 128 page color E edition of Oregon's Clams for $9.95. Click HERE to order Oregon's Clams.


For those of you who desire hands on experience digging clams get a head start by attending our 2018 Clam Digging, Crabbing Clinic Events a Tide Pool Tour.

Our Clam Clinics and Crabbing Clinics 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


Clam Watch and the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon has started a clam digging and crabbing Forum (Message Board) to broaden the scope of our service to clam diggers and crabbers. The Forum Board will add a new dimension to the ability of clam diggers to relate their experiences to one another. Make you voice heard. Your opinion counts. Blog On!


Successful clam digging and crabbing begins with the equipment you purchase. We offer the best products available for those new to digging clams or clam diggers and crabbers who do not have access to clam digging and crabbing equipment. Except for abuse our products are fully guaranteed for 24 months from the date of the sale.

We rate our standard razor clam shovel the best of inexpensive clam shovels on the market today at $30.75. The overall length of our standard razor clam shovel as shown in the middle photo is 56 inches. Our standard long handled clam digging shovel is unavailable at retail outlets. Unlike heavy stainless steel clam shovels our light weight standard clam digging shovel will not wear you out digging either razor clams or bay 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 $30.75 plus shipping and handling.

Our PCV clam gun is the ideal clam gun for those new to digging clams. Click HERE to purchase the clam gun for $15.95. The clam gun is expensive to ship so we suggest purchasing one at my home at 136 SW Brook St. Newport, 541 265 5847 or at one of our clam digging events in Lincoln City.

Harvesting bay clams using a shrimp gun is a recent innovation that is gaining popularity with clam diggers in Oregon's bays. We now offer shrimp pumps and clam guns manufactured by H20 Sports for $20.00 at our store.

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 limits of bay clams. Click HERE to purchase the clam bag for $5.00 plus $1.95 shipping and handling for the first razor clam bag ordered only. Order a half a dozen and reduce the cost of shipping and handling.

Our green net bay clam bag shown below is made sturdy materials with a metal ring that will last for years keeping your limits of clams safe and secure.

Click HERE to purchase our green net clam bag for $6.00 plus $3.95 shipping and handling for the first clam bag ordered only. Order a half a dozen and reduce the cost of shipping and hanling.

Crab Max Crab Folding Crab Traps

Catch capacity and quality materials separates the Crab Max crab trap from the other folding crab traps.

We sell CRAB MAX crab traps with hand lines for $30.00 ea. The cost for ordering 1 trap only with a handline is $30.00 rather than the $35.00 charged by local retailers.

Crab Max crab traps are innovative by design and easy to use. The CRAB MAX is best used with a 200 pound test Tuna Cord hand line but is readily used with a surf rod and heavy duty spinning reel loaded with a minimum of 100 pound test Spectra fishing line. However, we recommend using the Crab Max crab traps with a hand line or as backup in case of fishing rod or reel failure.

Save $5.50 by taking advantage of the Crab Max Starter Kit for $45.50. The Crab Max Starter Kit consist of the Crab Max crab trap with hand line, a copy of Oregon's Crabs in addition to our premium crab gage for and one of our Crab Daddy wooden crab mallets. Order 2 Crab Max crab traps with your kit for $75.50 or 3 Crab Max crab traps with your kit for $105.50. The shipping and handling charge is based on the state where you live.

Crabbing with the Crab Max folding crab trap using hand lines for is user friendly for crabbers of all ages; especially women and children. It is easier for women and children to use the hand line with a T Hanle. My grandsons, Brandon and Zach have really gotten into crabbing using the Crab Max with hand lines. Click HERE to see the product information and price structure for our Crab Max crab traps.


Click HERE to view photo gallery of clam digging activities. Participate! Share your clam digging adventures and recipes with us. Post your photographs and clam recipes by emailing them to us at crabbinginfo@yahoo.com


Related links of interest to the NOAA Tide Tables for you area, ODFW Shellfish Regulations, Shellfish Hot Line Closures, and the link to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's OHV for ATV Enthusiast.

Click HERE to order the book Oregon's Clams or the other books and clam digging and crabbing equipment we sell.

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