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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Coastal razor clam dig off-the-charts; no decision yet on a May opener

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The coastal razor clam dig this past Saturday through Monday was pretty much a no-brainer, and good weather, nice low tides and ample clams combined for pretty much limits for anyone who went digging.

“We had a great dig with a lot of people reporting happy experiences,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

“I checked on three different beaches and didn’t talk to a single sole who didn’t have a limit of clams, Ayres said. “It was a mixed bag of clams as far as size goes, but they are still nice in size.”

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A total of 53,000 digger trips were taken coast-wide, and 15-clam daily limits per digger for virtually everyone except those who were on the south part of Long Beach where digging isn’t that great.

“We haven’t decided yet for one more opener [in May], but I am continuing that conversation with my boss,” Ayres said.

Ayres pointed out that he should have a decision about reopening any coastal beaches possibly as soon as this Friday, May 1.

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