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ODFW reports shows where to crab and clam in Tillamook County, clam bounty in bay tidal flats


Popular, productive shellfishing areas. By Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

A report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the best places for crabbing and clamming in Tillamook Bay.

Area 1 can be reached by either boat or bank/walk-in access. This area is rocky and a garden fork (heavy tined) works best, or a combination of fork and shovel. Bank access to this area is found at the end of the Bay Ocean Peninsula/Cape Mears Lake parking lot located off Bayocean Rd. 7.3 miles north of Hwy 131; it will then be a mile-plus walk or bike ride on a gravel/rock road along the inside edge of the bay. This area is dominated by cockle clams, though butter clams will also be found.

Area 2 can be reached by either boat or bank/walk-in access. This is one of the closest areas from the boat basin. Bank access to this area can be obtained through the boat basin, or from the parking area at the end of 12th St. in Garibaldi. This area is rocky and a garden fork (heavy tined) works best, or a combination of fork and shovel. A good mix of butter, cockle and gaper clams can be found here.

Area 3 is a large sandy bar that can be reached by either boat or bank/walk-in. Bank access is the same as Area 1. This area is a good mix of softshell, gaper, and cockles. Shovels and clam guns will work best for digging gapers and softshell while cockles can be raked, or handpicked off the surface.

Area 4 contains two sand bars and will require a boat for access. This area is sandy so you’ll want to use shovels or clam guns. Gaper and cockle clams are the most abundant in this area, although razor clams can also be found on the northern tips of these bars.

Area 5 can be reached easiest by bank/walk-in from pull-outs along Hwy 101, approximately 1.5 miles south of Garibaldi at Hobsonville Point. This area is rocky and a fork works best, or a combination of fork and shovel. Butter clams are most likely found here.

Areas 6 and 7 are large sandy bars that require a boat for access. Shovels and clam guns will work best for digging gapers and softshell while cockles can be raked, or handpicked off the surface.

Area 8 will require a boat for access. This area is a large mud flat containing mostly softshell clams, and walking can be difficult. Use shovels or clam guns for digging.

Areas 9 and 10 will require a boat for crabbing. Pots may be set anywhere within these areas, but use caution to avoid direct placement in navigation channels.

Access the Garibaldi Boat Basin and Launch off Highway 101, in the city center, by turning west on Seventh Street. Crabbing can also be done off public piers at the south end of St. in Garibaldi.