Frequently Asked Questions
I receive many emails often asking the same
questions. I hope to answer most of them on this page, but if I
have left out anything that you still need to be clarified please
don't hesitate to send me an email. I am always happy to
help. Many, if not most of these questions can be found on this
website, but to make it easier for you this page discusses those
questions most frequently asked.
Crabbing and Clamming:
1. What is the best time of the year to go crabbing and clamming? I've found that crabbing is best during the late fall through early spring. Try and arrive during the high slack tide.
2. What is the best bait? I always use chicken, but fish also works very well.
3. Do I need to keep the crabs alive before cooking. Yes, to ensure the best tasting and most tender meat your crabs should be cooked alive.
4. How long will the cooked crabs last? In the refrigerator no longer than 3 days. Frozen, they can last for months properly packaged. I suggest the use of a sealing type bag.
5. Do I need a license? YES.As of January 1, 2004 a license is required to harvest shellfish. Visit the Oregon Shellfish License page for more information
7. When is the best time to go clamming? The summer months are the best because that is when the tides are at their lowest points. A negative tide is always a good day to go clamming.
8. How do I find the clams? Look for what is called a "show" - that is a little spray the clams spit out. Also look for holes about the size of a quarter. Take a stick of something similar and probe the hole. Should you hit something hard there is most likely a clam hidden below.
9. What tools do I need for clamming. I suggest a good strong shovel, wooden dowels, buckets, and a rake.