Limit on Razor Clams, Then….
I can’t remember how many mornings we’ve limited out on Razor Clams in Seaside, Oregon and then drove to Nehalem Bay to go crabbing (increasing our
seafood bounty). Take a look at the chart below, you can easily increase your daily seafood bounty! Anything that is less than an hour away provides a great opportunity to limit on both, or at least increase your take for the day!
In Long Beach, Washington, get your limit of Razor Clams in the morning on the north end of the Long Beach peninsula (that’s where the best and largest razor clams are anyway). Then it’s only a 16 minute drive from the west side of the peninsula to Oysterville, Washington, located on the east side of the peninsula; where you can limit out on Oysters… both before noon!
In our cookbook I have a recipe for “Ken’s Scavenger Seafood Stew”. When we have a large family party, we all love this stew so much we’ll split up into teams; one team to Long Beach for Clams and Oysters; another to Seaside for Razors and Nehalem Bay Dungeness Crab; a team to Netarts Bay for bay clams and mussels; and a final team to Astoria bottom fishing for Ling Cod. One day’s bounty for an incredible seafood stew, all from our own efforts!
Many Afternoon Spots Less then an Hour Apart
Keep in mind if you clam on low tide, crabbing is best on a high slack tide; that makes for a perfect morning and afternoon effort. Alternatively, when in Seaside just toss your crabbing pot off twelve street beach and go clamming, you can leave your pot there all day. Long Beach, Washington is only fifteen minutes from Oysterville, and since it is on the other side of the peninsula to reach low tide takes another hour then the ocean beach side; so limit on both before noon. There are a lot of other options, just make sure you keep tides in mind and enjoy the entire day, not just a couple hours on the morning!
Always check to make sure Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in cooperation with ODFW have collected and tested razor and bay clams for toxins and that the area your clamming is open and safe. Razsorclamming.com accepts no responsibility to the safety of clamming or consumption of bay clams or razor clams. To be safe contact Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife for information on regulations and testing for toxins.