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Clam Clinics… Crab Clinics…. Clamming in Lincoln City, Oregon

New for the year 2021Sustainable Seafood Food System

Clam Crab Food System

Teach a person to Crab rather than give them a Crab

LEARN HOW TO:

  1. Harvest your Clams
  2. Catch your Crab
  3. Prepare your Clams or Crab for eating
  4. Have your Crab Dinner or Clam Chowder

Standard Crab Trap rental three (3) for 24 hours with Crab Clinic and Clam Clinic ….$90

The Sustainable Clam\Crab Clinic’s purpose is to demonstrate how to harvest your bait for a Crab Dinner. It consists of a Clam Clinic, Crab Clinic and Traps.

Clam Clinic, Crab Clinic, and Crab Traps Options

CLICK HERE to reserve Standard Crab Trap rental for 24 hours … $50 … Three (3) Crab Traps, Bucket and Crab gauge.

CLICK HERE to reserve a Private Crab Clinic at your requested time …. $25 … No limit to size of group.

CLICK HERE to reserve a Private Clam Clinic Package, one clam gun, bucket + Three (3) Crab Traps ……. $75….. One may attend the Clam Clinic without a license, but EACH PERSON (12 years or older) That DIG CLAMS MUST HAVE A SHELLFISH LICENSE … In state $10 out of state $19


CLICK HERE 
to reserve a Standard Crab Trap Package rental for 24 hours and a Private Clinic at your requested time … $75 … No limit to size of group.

Siletz Bay, located at the south end of Lincoln city, is a very popular destination for clam diggers. Some of the highest density purple varnish clam beds are easily accessed from. Its proximity to the ocean also makes it a very productive seasonal crabbing area

If you’re looking for an adequate spot for clamming, travel to the southernmost edge of the city to the Siletz Bay a couple of hours after the low tide, this is when most ocean creatures and crustaceans seem the most active and the waters’ currents won’t mess around with your crab trapping equipment.

Clamming is considered a highly sustainable practice because the environmental impacts of farming plankton-filtering species are minimal. Feeds, fertilizers and chemicals are not used, and effluent and habitat impacts are very low.

Clams are a low fat, high protein seafood choice with an above average amount of healthful minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium and B vitamins like niacin.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Everyone 12 years and older needs a license to harvest shellfish. Licenses are available for a day or a full-year and can be purchased at our Siletz River location.

How to Clam with a Clam Gun

Step 1 – Find a clam bed

Purple Varnish and Softshell clams can be found in nearly every estuary of Oregon. At Siletz Bay, see map.

Step 2 – Find the clam’s show

Clams have variable shows. (holes) They are generally round, but can also be oblong or rectangular.

Step 3 -Place the Clam Gun just right

dig for clams with a clam gun. Mark your circle per example. Simply push the tube down over the clam dimple with a rocking or circular motion. Block the air vent with a finger or thumb. Pull up the core of sand. Unblock the vent and drop the clam and sand on the beach.

Step 4 – Dig the Clams

  1. Place the clam gun so that it is slightly off-center of the show with the extra room on the ocean side.
  2. Drive the gun straight down with a twisting motion.
  3. Place your thumb or finger over the air vent of the clam gun. Using your legs lift the column of sand slowly with a proper lifting technique.
  4. Remove your thumb from the air Vent. Shake out the clam and sand out of gun with the Clam

Type of Clams at Siletz Bay

Softshell clams are a favorite of many diggers due to the liberal limit and easy availability. Softshells are native to the East coast where they are used in clam bakes; similarly they are enjoyed as a “steamer” on the West coast. Unlike the other four common species of bay clams they are found not only in the lower estuary, but fairly high up as well. They tend to be most accessable for this reason.

Daily Limit: 36 (regulations)

The purple varnish clam is named for the purple hue found inside the clam and the shiny varnish over the brown color outside the shell. It is oval in shape and is relatively flat with a prominent ligament near the hinge. 

 Purple varnish clams are found in very high densities.

Daily Limit: 72 (regulations)

Warning …. Be sure to check biotoxin safety closures before harvesting these clams by CLICKING HERE or by calling the shellfish harvest hotline 1-800-448-2474.

New for the year 2021Sustainable Seafood System

Clam Crab Food System

Teach a person to Crab rather than give them a Crab

LEARN HOW TO:

  1. Harvest your Clams
  2. Catch your Crab
  3. Prepare your Clams or Crab for eating
  4. Have your Crab Dinner or Clam Chowder

Standard Crab Trap rental for 24 hours with Crab Clinic and Clam Clinic ….$90

The Sustainable Clam\Crab Clinic’s purpose is to demonstrate how to harvest your bait for a Crab Dinner. It consists of a Clam Clinic, Crab Clinic and Traps

 It consists of five (5) parts:

  1. Clam Clinic ,,, Learn the rules, how to dig and harvest the Clams.
  2. Crab Clinic … Learn the rules of how to catch Crab
  3. DIg Clams
  4. Catch Crab
  5. Learn how to clean and cook the Crab for Dinner. $2,50/Crab no limit on number

The Cost is $90/Clam\Crab\License for 24 hours of usage.  You will receive

  1. Clam Clinic
  2. Crab Clinic
  3. Either a clam shovel or a clam gun
  4. Bucket with Crab Gauge
  5. Three (3) “Throwing” Crab Trappers (you allowed to have in your possession three (3) Crab Traps per license.)

Warning … HEALTH ADVISORIES: Crabbing and clamming occasionally can be closed due to elevated levels of biotoxins or other health issues. ODFW and the Oregon Department of Agriculture monitor shellfish safety on a regular basis to ensure shellfish are safe to eat. Always contact Oregon Dept. of Agriculture (ODA), 800-448-2474 or check their website before you go to learn about any current health advisories.

Dates is which the Sustainable Clam\Crab Clinic is offered:

Call 541-765-for Dates

Each clinic begins with a brief overview of Oregon’s clam digging or crabbing regulations, identification and harvest methods, and cleaning and cooking details. Each participant 12 and older should purchase equipment prior to attending the clinic

Clammers will also need a shovel, pair of gloves and a clam bucket or clam bag. Clammers should be on the lookout for purple varnish clams and soft-shell clams, which are easy to prepare and delicious in chowder, pasta or steamed and dipped in butter.

Reservations

CLICK HERE to Reserve Standard Crab Trap Package … Details CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE … to Purchase Crab Traps … Details CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to Reserve a spot at a Free Crab Clinic … For Dates of Free Clinics … CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to Reserve a Private Crab Clinic … You set the dates for the private clinic… CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to Reserve the Sustainable Clam\Crab Clinic … For Dates … CLICK HERE

Using a Clam Gun

Clam Gun. The Clam Gun is a proven tool for clamming in Siletz Bay. Simply push the tube down over the clam dimple with a rocking or circular motion. Block the air vent with a finger or thumb. Pull up the core of sand.

One starts by pounding the sand near the waterline on an ebbing tide. Every time one tamp around a clam, it will make a hole as the clam neck goes back down… the dimple that it leaves in the sand is how you know that there’s a clam down there.”

With a quick push of the barrel, Watt’s clam gun slices three feet deep into the sand. Quickly retrieves the gun, and spills out the tube full of sand with a five-inch-long razor clam. 

Information Office Hours …. noon – 9 pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109 

Cooking hours – 8am – Dark (by Reservation Only)

  • Cooking Location 82 Siletz Highway
  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-765-2109
  • info@siletzrentals.com

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