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shasta_steve
05-01-2013, 08:16 AM
Anyone out there gather fresh water clams in the Sacramento River? Lots of my friends and family eat them. I have eaten them and think they are pretty tasteless but given enough rice and hot sauce I can eat just about anything. Last year I saw someone using what looked to be a very long clam rake but I never saw what he was bringing up. I know they gather them commercially but was not sure how they do it. Anyone have any ideas? They are too small for a traditional clam rake.

WhopperStopper
05-01-2013, 08:30 AM
I have gathered them in the past from the American river from about howe ave down. There are some decent sized clams like 1.5 - 1.75" diameter. I just dig my feet through the sand to find them. Ihave also seen guys use a sturdy mesh basket attach to a long handle and scoop them up that way. If u are planning to eat them make sure u give them time to purge all the sand from their systems or else you'll get a mouthful of sand in each bite. They are good to supplement a seafood stock to make soup.

shadbuster
05-01-2013, 09:11 AM
You can eat those! I gotta try them if you can. Just to be clear its these these type of clams right:

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/4448/imag0446mv.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/22/imag0446mv.jpg/)

shasta_steve
05-01-2013, 10:04 AM
You can eat those! I gotta try them if you can. Just to be clear its these these type of clams right:

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/4448/imag0446mv.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/22/imag0446mv.jpg/)


That picture looks a little more yellow than I am used to but yes. They are Asian Fresh Water Clams. In South-East Asia they are generally salted and left out in the sun to dry. I won't eat them that way as it looks like a great way to get food poisoning. I have had them cooked like normal clams and they don't seem to have much flavor except for what you cooked them in.

I thought because of where they lived they might be bad for you to eat but according to the State they are actually one of the more healthy things to eat out of the river. I guess being lower on the food chain helps.

Not sure it is legal but in many Asian areas here they sell them for about $40 for a five gallon bucket.