Join one of the free clamming and crabbing clinics starting in April and running through October in Lincoln City. (Photo courtesy Central Oregon Coast Visitor Association)

Early spring can leave us feeling clammy and crabby in the best way — the freshly harvested shellfish way. The folks in Lincoln City get that. And that’s why they offer free clamming and crabbing clinics starting in April and running through October.

Get clammy: Clamming clinics are held once month on Fridays starting April 18, 2014. Each clinic begins with a brief overview of Oregon’s clam digging regulations, identification and harvest methods, and cleaning and cooking details. Participants will need a shellfish license (which you can purchase at local bait shop), a pair of gloves, a 5-gallon bucket, a clam bag and a shovel. You’ll be on the lookout for purple varnish clams and softshell clams, which are easy to prepare and delicious in chowder, pasta or steamed and dipped in butter.

Feeling crabby: Crabbing clinics are also held monthly starting Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Participants will receive a brief introduction as well as information about regulations, harvesting, cleaning and cooking. Things to bring: a shellfish license, a few folding crab traps (not rings or pots, which don’t work well from shore), a crab measuring tool (Crabs smaller than 5 and ¾ inches across the shell, as well as all females, must be released as part of Oregon’s commitment to sustainable fisheries.), a 5-gallon bucket, a package of chicken legs for bait (Really!) and a pair of gloves.

You don’t need to register to take part in the delicious shellfish bounty of Siletz Bay. Just come prepared to dig in! For dates, times and locations, visit www.OregonCoast.org/Crabbing-and-Clamming-Clinics.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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  1. katherine hoppe says…

    oh boy! One of our favorite topics, CLAMMING! April will have some amazing tides for this down in Coos Bay. We will gladly take visitors out and give them a private lesson! info@oregonsadventurecoast.com

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  2. Donald Lyon says…

    RE Crabbing in the Coast–is that chicken legs or chicken feet for bait. I would eat the legs myself.

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