You must have a California fishing license from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and must follow these guidelines if you want to remove any from the beach.
According to the law:
- Clams must measure 4 1/2" in diameter before they can be taken
- Undersized clams must be replaced in the very same hole that they were taken from
- The limit for clamming is 10 clams per day, per person
- Each person must dig only their own limit of clams
- Each person is required to keep a separate container for their clams and not commingle with clams taken by another person
- Must possess a proper measuring device (Hydraulic pumps may not be used to take clams)
- Legal Hours: half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset
- It is unlawful to be on any clam beach with any instrument capable of being used to dig clams during closed hours.