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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 11, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Coastal razor clam digs should be excellent if the weather and surf stays calm

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All eyes are on the coast starting this weekend as the next wave of razor clam digs get underway.

Twin Harbors will be open for digging Nov. 14-17, while Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks are open Nov. 14-16. Kalaloch Beach will be open for digging on Nov. 16. Digging is allowed between noon and midnight only.

Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, warns diggers to check weather and surf forecasts before heading out.

Ayres said the good news to all the bad weather last week was that enough clams remain in the quota to offer more digs later on.

A total of 3,000 digger trips were made Nov. 4-7 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and depending on the day diggers still managed to get 10 to 14 clams per person.

Low tides: Nov. 14, minus-0.3 feet at 4:34 p.m.; Nov. 15, -0.7 at 5:21 p.m.; Nov. 16, -0.9 at 6:05 p.m.; and Nov. 17, -0.8 at 6:47 p.m.

Future clam digs are dependent on marine toxin levels. Other planned digs are Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3.

The best time to dig is an hour or two before low tide. Check the weather and surf conditions before heading out.

Diggers must keep the first 15 razor clams dug, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

(Photo taken by Ryan Nakata)

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