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OREGON'S RAZOR CLAMS

A 6 7/8 inch razor clam dug from Agate Beach by my friend and lifelong razor clam digger, Bill Morris. Bill dug razor clams for the Shellfish Testing Program for the Shellfish Hotline. He was also a board member of the CDAO.

Digging Razor Clams on Clatsop Spit Beaches: for the 2017 - 2018 season will not be as productive as in previous years on the beaches located from Del Rey Beach south. Diggers in Seaside are digging low numbers of razor clams. Bell Bouy Seafoods reports, "the most productive digging for razor clams will be from the beaches located northward from Del Rey Beach." Always pay attention to the beach areas being worked by commercial clam diggers. They are the ones dragging around the commercial sized clam bags.

Click on Graph Ledgend for Razor Clam Research Assessment.

NOAA Tidal Projections: A fair population of carry over clams should be available for harvest at Fort Stevens to Sunset Beach during the low tides exceeding a minus 1.0 foot. Click on the Tbone Tidal Projections for the Columbia River entrance at the North Jetty, Washington State to view the option for tidal projections. Click on the link Make Predictions Using Options to access the options variables to display the tidal projections of interest into the future beyond 2 days of tidal projections.

Always pay attention to the beach areas being worked by commercial clam diggers. They are the ones dragging around the commercial sized clam bags.

A fair population of carry over clams should be available for harvest from Del Rey Beach north during the low tides exceeding a minus 1.0 foot. Click on NOAA Tidal Projections North Jetty Columbia River. to view the tidal projections at the North Jetty of the lower Columbia River. Diggers are reporting having a difficult time limiting out on mature razor clams but are encountering a lot of immature juvenile razor clams.

The razor clams in the photo below were dug from the beach near the wreck of the Peter Iredale.

Click on the ODFW Weekly Recreational Marine Report for information digging razor clams on Clatsop Spit.

Information Report 2000-06. Link, T. 2000. History and status of Oregon's Pacific razor clam resource.

On 06/05/18 Bell Buoy Seafood's report clam diggers are taking limits of razor clams with the most successful digging occurring in wet sand lower in the tidal zone at Fort Stevens. Diggers are having to work through the entire tide to take near limits of razor clams. Be selective there are a lot of small clams showing.

On 05/20/17 all of the beaches associated with Clatsop Spit are producing razor clam. The clams are being taken high in the tidal zone from a half a foot positive tide. The best clams are being taken from the beach associated with Camp Rilea and the beach at the foot of Broadway in Seaside. Smaller clams are located higher in the tidal with the largest clams being taken during the lowest tides. Razor clams seem to show better during the first few day of the tidal cycle as the tides get lower with each successive tide. Casual diggers should target beaches where the commercial diggers are working and taking large razor clams.

Due to the large number of small razor clams on the beach, diggers should be highly selective about which shows they pursue. Harvesters are reminded they must retain the first 15 clams regardless of size or condition.

During the fall and winter months, low tide series are in the evening so harvesters should plan ahead. Razor clam harvesters should pay close attention to the surf forecasts and be on the beach one to two hours before low tide. If the forecast calls for combined seas over 8 or 10 feet, razor clamming can be very difficult because the clams tend to show much less in those conditions.

Last spring, my friend Darren a first time clam digger, following my advice scored 11 clams during a minus 0.23 tide at Gearhart.

HOW TO DIG OREGON'S RAZOR CLAMS

Oregon's Razor Clams or the first chapte in Oregon's Clams are the definitive guides on how and where to dig for razor clams on the Oregon Coast.

The informational tutorial on harvesting razor clams is full of photographs, illustrations and easy to follow instructions that will have you digging razor clams on your first trip out on Clatsop Spit and Oregon's others beaches where razor clams are common.

Even though our books are written for adults launch a child on a lifelong adventure digging razor clams by giving them one of our books.

Oregon's Razor Clams discloses all of the beach locations where razor clams are commonly found along the Oregon Coast.

The photo array of the razor clam shows how to identify razor clams in the wet or dry sand.

Oregon's Razor Clams describes the methods recommended by ODFW to dig razor clams from the wet sand or dry sand. The clams in the photo were dug at Fort Stevens using the method recommended by the ODFW to dig Razor Clams. My friends and I have use this digging method to dig razor clams from the wet and dry sand for many years. Bill

The narrative with accompanying photo array describes the preferred method used for cleaning razor clams using a knife or view the video clip here demonstrating how to clean razor clams using a hot water bath. FYI, I clean a limit of razor clams usning a knife and scissors faster the the time it takes to heat the boiling 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.

Our family's favorite clam recipes are easily prepared entrees that your family will love. 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!"

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The abundance of razor clams along the Oregon Coast varies greatly and dramatically due to ocean conditions, the erosion of beach sand due to El Niño and La Niña events, the annual movement of beach sand to and from the ocean and disease, but because of the decline in the population of razor clams south of Tillamook Head we recommend digging razor clams on the beaches associated with Clatsop Spit or with the beaches associated with Meyers Beach in Southern Oregon.

The Clatsop Spit Beaches, "Seaside, Gearhart, Del Rey Beach, Sunset Beach, Columbia Beach and Clatsop Spit" are some of the most productive beach areas for digging razor clams in the Pacific Northwest.

The broad sandy beaches from Clatsop Spit south to Seaside offer the clam digger the most productive razor clam digging along the Oregon Coast. More razor clams are dug from the 18 miles of sandy beaches from Clatsop Spit to Seaside than from all of Oregon's beaches combined. The annual abundance of razor clams on Clatsop Spit beaches varies from high to low numbers over a 15 year cycle. Colder ocean water produces 20.5 percent higher population densities than those occurring during periods of warm ocean water. During years with the cold ocean water and high razor clam abundance a greater percentage of digging effort occurs on Seaside and Gearhart beaches: during years with warm ocean water and low razor clam abundance a greater percentage of digging effort occurs on the beaches north or Gearhart. The beaches from Clatsop Spit to Seaside are closed to the taking of razor clams from July 15th through September 30th each summer to protect juvenile razor clams from being dug, odfw.

Each year tens of thousands clam digging enthusiast visit area beaches to dig razor clams. ODFW claims that ninety five percent of Oregon's razor clam digging occurs there, but I believe the percentage is much higher.

This year's (2018) population assessment by ODFW estimates the number of razor clams on Clatsop Spit beaches has declined sharply with the most productive digging on the beaches north of Del Rey beach to the South Jetty of the Columbia River estuary. However to learn how to dig razor clams the Clatsop Spit beaches are the ideal place for those new to digging razor clams to do so.

It was thrilling to read the comment posted on facebook by clam digger, Steven Schwindt, "I got started digging clams a few months ago. I bought William's Oregon's Razor Clams and it is big help to me. The book goes with me every time we go clamming."

Tidal Projections: We use the tidal projections at the North Jetty as a reference to dig razor clams from the Clatsop Spit beaches. Click on NOAA Tidal Projections North Jetty Columbia River. to view the tidal projections at the North Jetty of the lower Columbia River.

Click HERE to view the NOAA Tidal Projections for the tidal stations located along the Oregon Coast.

Click on About NOAA Tide Projections to view information about NOAA's tidal

Click on the ODFW Weekly Recreational Marine Report for information digging razor clams on Clatsop Spit.

Click on the Informational Report 2000-06 link, to view the History and status of Oregon's Pacific Razor Clam Resource.

Before you harvest shellfish call the shellfish hotline!!! The Oregon Department of Agriculture's shellfish safety hotline is toll free. The ODA's Shellfish Hotline provides the most current information regarding shellfish safety closures. The ODFW or the ODA Websites may not be updated as quickly as the shellfish safety hotline. Please call the shellfish safety hotline before harvesting: 1-800-448-2474.

Jerry Lynch wrote, "This is Jerry Lynch, one of your Netarts gaper clam students from last year.  I wanted to show you the results of my solo adventure in Seaside Beach March 07. The photo is attached. Thanks for your instruction and encouragement. The day Jerry dug the razor clams he made an early morning drift on the Wilson River for steelhead. The fish were not biting and it was such a nice day that he decided to make the drive to Seaside and dig some clams." Nice going Jerry!

Association Member Jerry Lynch was at it again when the digging at Seaside was Hot!

At 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. Digging at the Cove is a lot closer to HWY 26 that the half an hour through Seaside and Gearhart to Fort Stevens.

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:

Hi Bill,

We had 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 them 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.

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 less than 8 feet at intervals greater than 10 plus second without much in the way of wind waves I go. If the long ocean swell are less than 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.

Internet Links of Interest for the Columbia River Estuary and Clatsop Spit

BAR CROSSING: Click HERE to see the navigation hazards crossing the Columbia River Bar.

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.

CURRENT 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.

Plan for future clam digging and/or crabbing adventures on Clatsop Spit and the Lower Columbia River Estuary by clicking on the NOAA tidal projections at the N Jetty of the Columbia River Estuary and fill in the tidal projection requirments before scrolling down the desired month.

Click on National Buoy Data Center to view the observations from buoys off the Oregon Coast.

Click on Stonewall Banks 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. Improvement has occurred for digging razor clams from the North Jetty and at South Jetty this year, however digging productivity at Agate Beach has localized to specific hot spot locations so far season and has not met expectations. Limits of razor clams were taken from Ona Beach north of Ona Beach State Park but the clams are on the small size. 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.

Click HERE to view the NOAA tidal projections for South Beach at 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.

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 diggers report large numbers of juvenile razor clams showing at Ona Beach, but the clams are really too small to dig on. We advise waiting until late summer before digging.

Razor clam digging from Driftwood Beach just north of the entrance to Alsea Bay at Waldport to Yachats: Digging razor clams at Driftwood Beach over the last 2 years has been slow.

Plan for future clam digging and or crabbing adventures by clicking on the NOAA tidal projections at Waldport for Alsea Bay and scroll down the desired month.

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 productive for any of the beaches located south of Tillamook Head. However, over the last several years digging productivity has been poor; but recently, clam digging productivity has improved at Heceta beach. We have no information about digging productivity at Baker beach

On 04/20 I went to both the beach at the North Jetty and the beach at the Driftwood Shores Resort to dig razor clams. the surf was rough and I managed to dig only one medium sized razor clam.

Plan for future clam digging and or crabbing adventures by clicking 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. A razor clam digger reports taking some large sized razor clams at Heceta Beach. 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: The beach above the North Jetty once supported razor clams. Click HERE to view the NOAA tidal projections for the entrance to the Umpqua River Estuary at Half Moon Bay.

Coos Bay Area Razor Clams: no information from the North Spit, however limits have been consistant from inside Coos Bay from the sandy beach on the north shore just inside of the entrance to Coos Bay. Digging from Bastendorff Beach was good early on but the clams were dug out rather rapidly.

Bastendorff Beach Razor Clams: Bastendorff Beach located between Coos Bay and Yoakum Point is listed by ODFW as a razor clam location. In 2014, Razor clams are once again being dug from Bastendorff Beach but the digging productivity is inconsistent at best because the available clams were rapidly harvested.

Charleston sand spit. A limited number of razor clams are dug from the sandy beach from the Charleston Sand Spit that separates the Charleson Boat Basin from the jetty channel. Plan for future clam digging and or crabbing adventures by clicking on 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 but digging productivity has been poor over the past seasons.

Face Rock, Bandon: Diane from Bandon Bait reports: razor clam diggers have done well digging at Face Rock.

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

Click on the following link to view the NOAA tidal projections for the mouth of the Rogue River.

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.

NOAA Coastal Forecast for Curry County

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 Orford 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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