Lincoln City is a great place to catch you dinner. Crab and clam on Siletz Bay or harvest mussels on the rock formations along the beach.
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.
All you need is a crab trap, bait, license, bucket, gloves, and a measuring gauge, which can all be purchased in town. See below for locations.
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. The regulations for crabbing are also posted on the Taft Dock on SW 51st, next to Mo’s.
Click here for an informational flyer from the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
Clamming 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.
Purple varnish clams are the dominat 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.
All you need is something to dig with like a shovel and a container such as a bucket or clam bag. Gloves are recommended.
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. For current information and complete regulations visit the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website or call 541-867-4741. The regulations for digging clams are also posted on the Taft Dock on SW 51st, next to Mo’s.
Rocky residents like mussels and barnacles thrive in tide pools. Mussels have a long, tapered dark blue to black shell. The vivid, orange flesh of the mussel is edible and a prized delicacy in many parts of the world.
You’ll find mussels on the rocky formations along the beach including at Roads End, NW 15th and at the Inn at Spanish Head. A license is required to harvest.
Clinics, Gear & Licenses
Crabbing & Clamming Clinics
A series of free clamming and crabbing clinics are offered each summer beginning in June and ending in September. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Visit our Crabbing and Clamming Clinic webpage.
Gear & Licenses
- Eleanor’s Undertow – 869 SW 51st St, 541-996-3800
- Bi-Mart – 1030 SE OAR Ave, 541-994-6284
- Ace Hardware (North) – 2047 NE 22nd St, 541-996-3334 (Gear only)
- Ace Hardware (South) – 4910 SE Hwy 101, 541-996-2131 (Gear only)
- Kenny’s IGA (South) – 845 SW Hwy 101, 541-996-2301
Safety & Tides
Public safety is the most important aspect of crabbing and digging clams. Always check the Shellfish Hotline for shellfish safety closures by calling either 503-986-4728 or 800-448-2474 toll free.
Check the Tides
If you want to catch your own dinner, you better check the tides for the day. You’ll find the most up to date tide tables for Lincoln City here.