Where can you go clamming in Maine?
Shellfishing and clam digging offer family fun in the mud
- Bar Harbor Shellfishing & Clamming. Town Hall, 93 Cottage Street Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-5571.
- Biddeford Shellfishing & Clamming.
- Brunswick Shellfishing & Clamming.
- Freeport Shellfishing & Clamming.
- Harpswell Shellfishing & Clamming.
Where is the best place for clam digging?
Start by looking in bays and estuaries that get plenty of tidal flow. Clams live in a variety of conditions, including sand, mud, and even rocky areas, though I favor locations that feature more of a muddy/sandy bottom. Drive around to likely areas at low tide and seek out other clammers.
Is there a clamming season in Maine?
Harvest season is year-round, peak is May through October. Soft shelled clams are regulated by DMR and coastal towns with a shellfish conservation ordinance. Many towns require recreational licenses which can be obtained through the town office or municipal shellfish warden.
How do you dig for clams in Maine?
Plunge, rake or dig a hole with your hands about a foot deep. Be careful not to break the clam and very careful not to cut your finger when reaching down to extract the clam from its hole. The top edges of the clam are sharp, so grab carefully (think paper cut from a cardboard box, rubbed liberally with salt).
When should I go clamming?
Spotting the Clams. Look for clams during low tide. The best time to dig is during low tide, when you can walk further out on the shore and find burrowed clams. Check your beach’s high and low tide times, and plan your clam digging trip around this time.
How low of a tide Do you need to go clamming?
Each beach varies as to how low the tide needs to be to expose the clam and oyster beds. A +2′ low tide (preferably during daylight hours) is the threshold for several beaches. A +2′ may only give you a short window before the tide floods; a +1′ or a 0′ will give you a longer window to forage.
How deep are clams in the sand?
Most clams burrow into the ground around 4–8 inches (10–20 cm) inches into the sand.