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Digging for Razor Clams on the Oregon Coast
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 RazorClamRazor clams (Silqua patula) are found throughout Oregon's ocean beaches. Clatsop beaches (Columbia River to Seaside) have the most stable populations (because of beach stability), 95 percent of Oregon's razor clam digging occurs here. Other area's such as, Agate Beach, Waldport Beach, Whiskey Run, Myers Creek, and other beaches along the coast also have razor clam populations, but tend to be less available.

Digging razor clams is a challenging and fun recreational pastime with delicious rewards.

Daily Limit: First 15 taken

Be in the right place:

  • The 18 mile stretch of Clatsop beaches account for 95% of Oregon’s razor clam harvest. The razor clam population in this area is much more dense than any other area in the state.
  • Other area’s such as Indian Beach (Cannon Beach); Cannon Beach; Short Sands (North of Manzanita); Cape Meares Beach (Tillamook); Agate Beach (North of Newport); North Beach and South Beach (Newport); Waldport Beach; North Umpqua Spit (Winchester Bay); Bastendorff Beach and North Spit (Coos Bay); Whiskey Run (Bandon); and Meyers Creek Beach (Gold Beach).

Be there at the right time:

  • The lower the tide, the more area will be available. Minus tides are best, plan on being there two hours before peak low tide.
  • During times of less swell clams are likely to be closer to the surface, and therefore easier to detect and dig.

Find a clam:

  • A razor clams neck near the surface of the beach produces a distinct “show”.
  • Shows are found most commonly by one of two methods: 
    1. Looking for small round dimples in dry sand.
    2. Pounding a shovel handle in receding surf.
  • Occasionally, if you’re lucky and watching carefully you can pick them out as they are feeding. Commonly known as “necking” this behavior causes very small “V” shaped breaks in the receding surf and clams can be easily pinpointed.

Start digging:

  • Razor clams dig fast so you must dig quickly, but dig carefully as they are named "razors" for a good reason.

Shovel digging in dry sand

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STEP ONE:

Insert shovel straight down (6 inches deep) perpendicular to the clams position in relation to the beach.

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STEP TWO:

Push the shovel handle forward using the leverage of the shovel to pinch the clams neck. This inhibits their ability to dig.

STEP THREE:

Slide the shovel out and replace it with your hand

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STEP FOUR:

Carefully detect the clams shell and dig with your hand to remove it.

STEP FIVE:

Collect your prize!

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Oregon Sport Regulations Summary for Marine Shellfish and Invertebrates

License Required to Take Marine Shellfish for Those 14 Years or Older
Limits and/or open areas may change. Call ODFW for current information. (503) 947-6000 | Toll Free: (800) 720-ODFW | TTY: (503) 947-6339

The following summarized regulations apply to the Pacific Ocean, coastal bays, and beaches. For complete information, Sport Fishing Regulations books may be obtained at ODFW offices and wherever licenses are sold.

OPEN SEASON: Entire year and at all hours. Exceptions are listed under “Harvest Methods and Restrictions” in the table below, and except when any state agency has issued a public health advisory. To learn about current health advisories, contact Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, 800-448-2474.

OPEN AREAS: All areas are open except Marine Gardens, Research Reserves, Habitat Refuges, and Shellfish Preserves. These areas have signs indicating their locations and are listed and mapped in the Sport Fishing Regulations book.

UNLAWFUL TO:

  1. Waste fish, shellfish or marine invertebrates.
  2. Use chemicals to take fish, shellfish or marine invertebrates.
  3. Assist in the harvest of another person’s catch except under a Disabled Clam Digger Permit or a Permanent Disabilities Permit.
  4. Sell any sport caught fish or shellfish, except the skeletal remains of nongame marine fish.

Check Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) shellfish status page- for closure information.

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