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Cook Inlet Personal Use Clam Fishery
Permits & Regulations

No Permit is Required, however, you must possess a resident sport fishing license in order to participate in the fishery.

Seasons:  Clamming is open year-round

Limits are as follows:

Littleneck and Butter Clams — combined limit of 80 per day, 80 in possession. Littleneck clams must be 1 ½ inch or wider; butter clams must be 2 ½ inches or wider.

Razor Clams — From the Kenai River south to the tip of Homer Spit 60 per day, 120 in possession, no size limit, must be the first 60 clams dug per day (you must retain all clams dug).

In all other waters of Cook Inlet and the North Gulf Coast: No bag or possession limit.

Gear:  Clams may be taken only with rakes, shovels, manually operated clam guns, or by hand.

Area:  Salt waters of Cook Inlet north of the latiitude of Cape Douglas and west of Cape Fairfield, including Kachemak Bay (salt waters east of a line from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi) and Resurrection Bay (salt waters north of a line between Cape Resurrection and Aialik Cape).

The intertidal beach between ADF&G regulatory markers along Shipwreck Cove in China Poot Bay and containing Otter Rock in Peterson Bay is closed to the harvest of all shellfish.