Learn how to harvest, clean and cook crabs during Lincoln City's four crabbing clinics set for this summer. (Photo credit: Lincoln City Visitors Bureau)
Starting in June, Lincoln City will host bay clamming clinics once a month. (Photo credit: Lincoln City Visitors Bureau)
You'll need a shellfish license in order to join the clamming and crabbing clinics in Lincoln City. (Photo credit: Larry Andreasen)

Early summer 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 June and running through September.

Get clammy: Clamming clinics are held once a month on different weekdays starting Thursday, June 9, 2016. 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: Four crabbing clinics are also set for this summer, starting Wednesday, June 8, 2016. 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.

Even more: Yet another attraction for Lincoln City explorers is the brand new tidepool clinic lineup, which runs through July. Free and open to the public, these two-hour excursions can offer a glimpse of starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins and mussels. Visit Lincoln City’s tidepool page for more info, and dig in!

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in 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! [email protected]

    Written on April 2nd, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  2. Donald Lyon says…

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

    Written on April 2nd, 2014 / Flag this Comment
  3. Damon White says…

    Is this only in lincoln city? I live closer to florence/waldport any clinics there?

    Written on June 16th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
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