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 in June. 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: Several crabbing clinics are also set for the summer. 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 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!