- Author: Chris M Brunner
Clamming is a popular recreational sport year-round in Northern California, though the most popular periods are during the late spring and summer when the lowest tides of the year expose tidal flats for a few brief hours at a time. Dedicated clammers often plan their vacations around these tidal events, frequently bringing multiple generations of their family along to join in the messy work.
There are very few bays in Northern California that can support the recreational harvest of large clams, such as gapers (Tresus sp.) and butter clams (Saxidomus sp.), two of these are Humboldt and Tomales bays.
These days, during a big low tide, you might just find