Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: winter clamming?

  1. #1
    Member GreenTea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Palmer, Alaska
    Posts
    92

    Default winter clamming?

    Is there any reason not to try clamming between September and May? Has anyone tried it during the winter months?

  2. #2
    Mark
    Guest

    Default

    I've gone as early as mid-March. Access to the beach tidal zone can be difficult to find if there has been a lot of snow. Fingers get cold too, especially in that cold wind/breeze.

    But the clams are there.......

  3. #3
    Member Bullelkklr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    4,835

    Default tides ?

    Are there any tides low enough? Cheaper to just buy a bucket of them at the store.......

    If you could find a _+.2 or +.3 or lower you should be able to dig some up.....


    brrrr.

  4. #4
    Member GreenTea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Palmer, Alaska
    Posts
    92

    Default

    I had heard that it was a bad idea to go clamming during any month with an "R" in its name, but why I don't know. The weather conditions could be intimidating, but on a decent day with a nice low tide in the afternoon it might be something to try. It's not like they've migrated somewhere else.

  5. #5
    Member homerdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    homer, alaska
    Posts
    3,922

    Wink you got it backwards...

    the adage is to only eat shellfish in months WITH an "R" in them, thus leaving out may, june, july and august. this is because in many places these are the months when oysters and clams spawn and are sort of mushy and not that good, and also the months when toxic plankton blooms are more common.
    clamming up here is good year round, but most of the good minus tides are well after dark in the winter.
    razor clamming by lantern is COLD! more folks do it in the spring, when the big tides start around equinox.
    steamer clamming requires less of a minus tide, but care needs to be taken to return and recover short clams lest they freeze before the tide comes in.
    Alaska Board of Game 2015 tour... "Kicking the can down the road"
    http://www.alaskabackcountryhunters.org/

  6. #6

    Default

    been there done that and never again, hands freeze. I dont go till may now

  7. #7
    Member Alaska Gray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage, Alaska, United States
    Posts
    4,925

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenTea View Post
    I had heard that it was a bad idea to go clamming during any month with an "R" in its name, but why I don't know. The weather conditions could be intimidating, but on a decent day with a nice low tide in the afternoon it might be something to try. It's not like they've migrated somewhere else.
    Growing up in Maryland we would go after oysters with months with "R"..
    Living the Alaskan Dream
    Gary Keller
    Anchorage, AK

  8. #8
    Member klickman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    196

    Default

    If you do go at least you won't have a ton of competition. Pass on a report if you do go
    KLICKMAN

  9. #9
    Member sayak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Central peninsula, between the K-rivers
    Posts
    5,788

    Default Winter clamming

    I have dug clams on the Homer Spit on New Years Eve with die-hard friends and then gone home and eaten them with other party stuff. It's great if you take headlamps and a propane catalytic heater.

  10. #10
    New member AKDSLDOG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska/Las Vegas, Nevada
    Posts
    1,234

    Default

    January once here at 1:30am in the dark. If you truely want to hear the story I will type it out, thank god every day I lived to tell about it!

    We are permantly grounded from night time clamming.

  11. #11
    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Posts
    3,318

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AKDSLDOG View Post
    January once here at 1:30am in the dark. If you truely want to hear the story I will type it out, thank god every day I lived to tell about it!

    We are permantly grounded from night time clamming.
    Start typin' dog!!!! I need to know how you get grounded from nocturnal clammin'!!!!

  12. #12
    Member FishSean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    119

    Default >>>------->

    Quote Originally Posted by AKDSLDOG View Post
    January once here at 1:30am in the dark. If you truely want to hear the story I will type it out, thank god every day I lived to tell about it!

    We are permantly grounded from night time clamming.
    The Worlds Deadliest Dig

    "Six Hundred & Thirtyseven miles South East of the Cornelia Marie,AKDSLDOG is putting it all on the line in chase of the fabled winter clam...."

  13. #13
    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Posts
    3,318

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FishSean View Post
    The Worlds Deadliest Dig

    "Six Hundred & Thirtyseven miles South East of the Cornelia Marie,AKDSLDOG is putting it all on the line in chase of the fabled winter clam...."


  14. #14
    Member Bullelkklr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    4,835

    Default Post it

    Post it up Dog - - we have to know......

    there was a minus 3 or so yesterday - that'd make for sum good clammin......might be better to hit the bush co. and be down minus a couple hunnerd though......

  15. #15
    New member AKDSLDOG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska/Las Vegas, Nevada
    Posts
    1,234

    Default

    I will write up the complete story on a new thread but right now need to do a few "honey dues". Story tonight though!

  16. #16
    Member arrowslinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska
    Posts
    270

    Default

    I figured you were saving the story for your BBQ.

  17. #17
    Member arrowslinger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska
    Posts
    270

    Default

    Well he made the other thread. Good story, probably gets better with the long version.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •