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Minus tides are plus for clammers this month

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

Littleneck clams like these can be found in bays and along the Siuslaw River flats east of Florence.

With minus beginning this week and continuing through most of April, clam diggers will be seeing some of the lowest marks tides since last summer.

Ocean shore waters are warming and many of the mature clams have spawned or are spawning, which makes them less apt to “show,” so harvesters will need to look closely for larger holes, which will lead to larger, more mature clams.

Clamming on the Oregon Coast is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, with anyone under age 14 able to clam without a license.

Of course, being successful at clam digging takes a little practice and some know-how. Equipment can be as simple as a shovel or a clam tube and a bucket.

Harvesters can dig for mud clams in the estuaries or go for the popular razor clams on sandy beaches. Razor clams are brown and oblong, and move fast beneath the wet sand. The wetter the sand, the faster they go. Consider wearing boots, and make sure they fit snugly — loose-fitting boots are easily pulled off by the suction of wet sand.

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