Crabbing and Clamming
Activities: Fishing, Crabbing & Clamming
Throughout the year low tides provide access to a bountiful resource; clams. A clam-digging adventure on the tidelands of Coos Bay can result in a tasty treat whether served in chowder, steamed or fried. The most common varieties found around the bay include gaper, cockle, littleneck, softshell and butter. Check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website for the most current shellfish regulations and harvest notices.
And finally, no trip to the Adventure Coast is complete without Dungeness crab, and the best crab are always the ones you bring up yourself from the waters of lower Coos Bay. Rent or buy a crab ring and try your luck; the payoff will be a fresh crab feast you’ll always remember. And you’ll keep coming back for more. Rental crab rings are available at many RV parks and other lodging facilities, and tackle and marine supply stores often rent and sell rings. Here’s a short list of some locations:
Fishermen’s Wharf (Get your Crabbies Cooked and Cleaned!)
Fishermen’s Wharf is located on D-Dock in the beautiful Charleston Boat Basin. It’s the red, white, and blue floating building across from the Basin Tackle Shop and Sea Basket Restaurant. Fishermen’s Wharf sells fresh local crab and fish caught by our local Charleston fishing fleet. Come down and check out what’s in the huge live tank or stop by and have the crabs you caught cooked. Call for hours of operation (541) 888-TUNA (8862). www.fishermenswharforegon.com
Basin Tackle Shop
63510 Kingfisher Road, Charleston, OR 97420
Crab ring rentals, bait, tackle, information and advice. Call for updated conditions.
63840 Crossline Road, Charleston, OR 97420
Open daily from 8am-6pm
Crab ring rentals, bait, and cooking and cleaning available.
Davey Jones Locker
Cape Arago Highway & Boat Basin Road
Charleston, OR 97420
Crab ring rentals, supplies, licenses, market, food and deli. Call any time for updated crabbing conditions.