The very best time to go clamming in as you would guess would be
on a very low tide - preferably a "minus" tide. The
"negative tides" are the low tides with the
"-" symbol. On the opposite side, the very best time to
go dungeness crabbing would be on a "high" tide. I
suggest you arrive about an early before the full low tide and
that will give you plenty of time to get your limit of clams.
Yes, it might be dark but the true lover of clams will go out at
night if need be and use either a lantern or light of some means
to find the clams. Actually, once you learn what to look for
getting a nice limit should very seldom be a problem.
Most anywhere on the "bay" side of this area is an excellent
place to go clamming or dungeness crabbing with Charleston being one of my favorite places to
Don't hesitate to drop me an email if you have any
questions. Good Luck. I'd surely dress warmly this time of
year. It is getting cooler and quite cold in the water and
"muck". There have been many days i've gone
clamming and dungeness crabbing and came home with frozen hands. Again, their flavor is
unique and they make a wonderful meal. A very good day clamming and crabbing should lead you to
more clams and crabs than you know what to do with. My
freezer is surely full. Your's could be too. They also make a great food for friends and relatives. You supply the main course and let them supply the rest. It works for me. Please always
check to make sure clamming is SAFE - There are times when the
season is closed due to various reasons. A park ranger or the
local fishing/tackle shops can provide you with this information.
Also, remember that strict regulations apply to dungeness crabbing, so
again please make sure you understand and follow the regulations.
There is much more in-depth information to be found on my pages
dedicated to each of these fun, and recreational activities.
If you need help understanding
tide tables and charts here is some more detailed information.
Please use caution when using these tide tables. They were predicted far in advance and conditions could change at anytime. All tides are local daylight time and are predicted for Empire, Oregon which is located just between Charleston and Coos Bay. Tides for Charleston run approximately 15 minutes earlier and the tides for Coos Bay are close to 15 minutes later than the tides posted below.