Razor clamming?

M
Modest_Man
I've clammed a bunch up in Washington but never in Oregon. I've got my shellfish license and should probably use it here before the end of the year.

According to ODFW, the whole coast is open to razor clamming from the border of Cali to the Columbia river. Anyone know of any good beaches? Hopefully in the Tillamook/Cannon beach/Seaside area?

In Washington the clamming season was very regulated and they just opened for a couple days at a time on certain beaches...

Oregon Department of Agriculture News and Events: Razor clamming reopens on entire Oregon coast
ODA Food Safety Division Shellfish safety closures

And the regs -
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/regulations.asp
 
H
halibuthitman
sunset beach at gearhart, drive onto the beach, turn right and drive 2- 2.5 miles down the beach.. thats where I always go. As for the differences, washington state is a state that uses a sustainability model for most its wildlife, limited opportunitys that are more productive if you go.. closures and micro managed, sometimes very frustrating... now oregon uses the decimate and recover model... trying to provide as much low grade opportunity as possible, pinning a resource down to its knees,, and then half hearted recovery measures that they never quite follow all the way through... allowing another failure.. then hands in the air running in circles emergency closures. If you enjoyed clamming in washington, you probably won't find oregons clam beds very alluring- Brad
 
M
Modest_Man
Heh. So no 15 5-6" clams in an hour or two? :(
 
H
halibuthitman
didn't mean to come off like its a bad deal... just tougher, I go.. but mostly just to enjoy the beach with my wife and daughter.. and hopefully get a limit, but you need a very large minus tide becouse the locals hammer the tops of the beds just about every day its possible, thats why washingtons model is so great, fresh grounds for EVERYBODY. Good luck! and keep that ocean in front of you!
 
F
fishkiller
halibuthitman said:
sunset beach at gearhart, drive onto the beach, turn right and drive 2- 2.5 miles down the beach.. thats where I always go. As for the differences, washington state is a state that uses a sustainability model for most its wildlife, limited opportunitys that are more productive if you go.. closures and micro managed, sometimes very frustrating... now oregon uses the decimate and recover model... trying to provide as much low grade opportunity as possible, pinning a resource down to its knees,, and then half hearted recovery measures that they never quite follow all the way through... allowing another failure.. then hands in the air running in circles emergency closures. If you enjoyed clamming in washington, you probably won't find oregons clam beds very alluring- Brad

HAHA, so true. ODFW only steps in when a spiecies hits the endangered list. Get ready for new higher fees for more biologists.
 

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