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Offline Trapper John

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Mussels & Clams ??
« on: January 22, 2023, 12:09:24 PM »

Hi Folks,   :hello:
I am planning on spending some time this spring and summer down at Westport.
I  know where to go for razor clams but I was thinking of doing some other clamming.
I like mussels and I want to try some other clams besides razors. 

Does anyone know where to go for mussels and other clams such as cockles, butter, littlenecks around Westport.
I don't have a boat so its walk in for me.

Any help is appreciated.
JC   :hello:



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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2023, 02:16:19 PM »
Might be some around Ocosta/Bay City...
I think it's called Bottle Beach?
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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2023, 04:42:02 PM »
Mussels on the jetty. But be careful, I know two people who were picking mussels there and got washed off by a rouge wave. Luckily some other people on the jetty helped them back on.
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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2023, 05:47:29 PM »
John you will fall….fall….. in, go to Safeway……:)

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2023, 04:32:17 AM »
Head south past Tokeland. Lots of easy clamming and access for steamers on Willapa.

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2023, 05:12:17 PM »

Thanks everyone for the info.  I have got to try some new stuff since I'm retired
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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2023, 06:43:42 PM »
Yep south of tokeland

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2023, 06:57:40 PM »
Mussels on the jetty. But be careful, I know two people who were picking mussels there and got washed off by a rouge wave. Luckily some other people on the jetty helped them back on.

Lots of Mussels on the south jetty, some blue but mostly California mussels.
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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2023, 07:46:21 PM »

Thanks everyone for the info.  I have got to try some new stuff since I'm retired
Well semi ........... :chuckle:.......... retired
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The Jetty is always a good time. I can’t wait for the next opener.

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2023, 07:35:03 AM »
Steamers are super easy to get down by tokeland but if you can figure out how to purge all the sand out of them to make them worth eating let me know. I have tried live welling them for a day but you just always get sand. They seem better at low tide when they are deep under the sand. If you go out as the tides coming in they will be right on the surface and easy to pick by hand but much sandier.

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2023, 07:43:34 AM »
As far a mussles, you can go down to any rocky shore on a low tide with calm sees and get them. Or you can go to the marina and get big giant mutant ones off the dock that fill an entire pot. But that’s probably not a smart choice and maybe illegal?

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2023, 09:39:56 AM »
We used to soak are clams in corn meal, helped them spit out the sand.

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Re: Mussels & Clams ??
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2023, 12:07:27 PM »
We've always done the cornmeal thing too.  I built rabbit-wire screen thing that keeps them up a couple inches off the bottom of the bucket, and I put a cheap aquarium aerator under it so they won't suffocate.  It takes a couple days for them to get all the sand out, and the screen keeps them out of all the sand they discharge.  We fill the bucket with water from wherever we get the clams.
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