Crabbing


 
 
Crabbing map for the Siletz Bay in Lincoln City, Oregon
Crabbing is a great activity for any group, any time of the year. The Siletz Bay at the south edge of Lincoln City is a prime spot for crabbing. In the bay the best time of day is several hours after low tide when the creatures are active and water currents disturb the crab gear least.

Requirements:

All you need is a crab trap, bait, license, bucket, gloves, and a measuring gauge. The regulations for crabbing are posted on the Taft Dock on SW 51st, next to Mo’s.

Regulations:

A license is required to take marine shellfish for those 14 years or older. For current information and complete regulations visit the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife’s website or call 541-867-4741.

Public safety is the most important aspect of crabbing. Always check the Shellfish Hotline for shellfish safety closures by calling either 503-986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474 toll free.

Where to buy a license and gear:

Eleanor’s Undertow on SW 51st in the Taft area is open at 11 am, Thursday-Monday. For more info call 541-996-3800.

Bi-Mart is at 1030 SE OAR Ave. For more info call 541-994-6284

Ace Hardware at 4910 SE Highway 101 & 2047 NE 22nd St. For more info call 541-996-2131 (Gear only, not license)

Click here for an informational flyer from the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Clamming in the Siletz Bay


 
 
Clamming map for the Siletz Bay on Oregon's Central CoastClamming is as simple as crabbing and equally satisfying. Most of the clams found in this area are either the smaller purple varnish clams or larger softshell clams.

Low tide is when you dig for clams.

Look for softshell clams in the mud flats on either side of the bay in the upper bay between Drift Creek and the Millport Slough. A round shaped show (or hole) identifies the clam located up to 18” below the surface.

Purple varnish clams are the dominate clam in the bay. They are located in the lower portion of the bay from Cutler City to near the entrance of the bay. The location of the clams located to depths of 14” below the surface of the sand are identified by numerous shows approximately 1/8” in diameter.
 
 

How to dig for clams:

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Regulations:

A license is required to take marine shellfish for those 14 years or older. Each digger must have their own container, dig their own clams, and may not possess more than one limit of clams while in the harvest area except under a Disabled Clam Digging Permit. The regulations for crabbing and digging clams are posted on the Taft Dock on SW 51st, next to Mo’s. For current information and complete regulations visit the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website or call 541-867-4741.

Public safety is the most important aspect of digging clams. Always check the Shellfish Hotline for shellfish safety closures by calling either 503-986-4728 or 800-448-2474 toll free.

Where to buy a license:

Eleanor’s Undertow on SW 51st in the Taft area is open at 11 am, Thursday-Monday. For more info call 541-996-3800.

Bi-Mart is at 1030 SE OAR Ave. For more info call 541-994-6284

Kenny’s IGA (South) at 4845 SW Hwy 101. For more info call 541-996-2301

Crabbing & Clamming Clinics

Each summer beginning in June and ending in September the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau sponsors a series of free clam digging and crabbing classes. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Visit our Crabbing and Clamming Clinic webpage for more information.

Tide Table

Historic Taft District | Siletz Bay Tide Table