Squidknot’s Clamming 101

It was a great weekend for clam digging in Long Beach. Not sure where to start? Squidknot went to Cranberry Beach early on a Sunday morning.

If you go:

Avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Plovers – and their eggs – are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand.

Diggers are to avoid signed upland beach areas which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. At Long Beach, the closed areas are located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point.

Three Things I Learned About Clamming

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Here’s what I learned today about clamming: you can make your own clam gun with PVC pipe for about ten bucks, it’s easy to trip on a clam hole, and you’re cooler if you drive to the beach in a jacked-up truck.

Monday’s the last day for clamming on the Long Beach penninsula for this go-round. Be sure to check out the rules and regs with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife before heading out.
Spent the morning at Cranberry Beach at the north end of Long Beach where most limited out by 9 am. You’ll need to be done by noon. Good reports coming from Sunset Beach between Warrenton and Gearhart on the Oregon side, too.
You can fry ’em, you can chowder ’em,  you can add goey sour cream for an awesome clam dip, just don’t forget your clam license.