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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Keep clam and dig into three coastal beaches this Friday and Saturday

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The next round of coastal razor clam digging will open Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. Digging will be allowed at noon each day.

“This time only three beaches will be open, and Copalis and Kalaloch will not be included,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist. “We especially wanted folks to aware of the Copalis closure since a lot of people get confused because it is within close proximity to Mocrocks.”

Mocrocks Beach, which is open for digging Nov. 11-12, lies north of the Copalis River and includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Copalis Beach, which will be closed for the dig, lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis.

The first dig on Oct. 28-29 was excellent with 12,100 diggers getting 168,400 clams for an average of 13.8 clams per person.

“Some were nice 5-inch clams mixed in with 3 ½- to 4-inch clams, and most people seemed happy with the outcome,” Ayres said.

Diggers can take their first 15 razor clams dug daily. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

“It’s important that diggers keep the clams they dig to prevent wastage,” Ayres said. “It’s not unusual to encounter some small clams, especially this early in the season.”

For best results, Ayres recommends that clammers start digging an hour or two before the evening low tide. On Nov. 11, an evening low tide of minus-0.4 feet will occur at 6:48 p.m. The evening low tide Nov. 12 will be minus-0.4 feet at 7:23 p.m.

“This season’s tides are not as favorable as those in the past few years,” Ayres said. “Low tides will occur later in the day, so diggers will have to be prepared for the dark during evening digs in fall and winter.”

The next tentative digs are scheduled for Nov. 25 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 26 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 10 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 22 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Dec. 23 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

(Photo by Ryan Nakata)

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