The family and I headed to Clam gulch for a little clam digging on Saturday. We had bought clam guns on our trip to Ninilchik last spring while on a halibut trip. Our last clam digging adventure pulled up a grand total of 0 clams. We fished a plus one tide on last years trip. Our expectations of this trip were to hopefully get a few clams.
I had been waiting for a good tide and last weekend was it. We headed out with the car, due to high fuel prices. I wanted to take the truck and a friends wheeler. The money we saved in gas payed for our stay at the Clam Gulch Lodge.
Sunday morning we had a great breakfast at the lodge consisting of pancakes with bluberries and reindeer sausage from Indan Valley meats. With our bellies full of a great breakfast we headed to Ninilchik for some digging. We hit the beach on the North side of the Ninilchik River about 45 minutes before low tide. We walked about a 1/2 mile up the beach where we saw others digging, and walked out to the water line. The first dig with the gun pulled up a clam. To say I was suprised to pull a clam on the first dig was an understatement after the lack of success on our clam digging experience last year. 70 minutes later we had 3 limits of clams. We dumped the clams in a pool of water to clean sand off and double check our count to make sure we were not over our limit. This took about 2 minutes and about 3 clams from each bucket managed to disappear back under the sand.
On our walk back to the car the 7 year old said that clamming was more fun than fishing. We headed back to the Clam Gulch Lodge and Gary, the owner, showed us how to clean the clams. I must include in here that Gary went out of his way to help us clean, freeze, and vaccum seal our catch. Gary had all of the facilities to use, which were included in the price of the lodge.