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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Post Thanksgiving coastal razor clam digs approved

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The coastal razor clam digs are a go, and what a good way to burn off the turkey day meal!

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will open to razor clam digging Friday, Nov. 25; and Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will remain open to digging Saturday, Nov. 26.

No digging will be allowed either day before noon.

“Digging razor clams is a popular way to burn off a big Thanksgiving dinner,” said Dan Ayres, a state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “Fortunately, we have some nice low tides for the holiday this year.”

For best results, Ayres recommends that clam diggers hit the beach an hour or two before the evening low tide. On Nov. 25, an evening low tide of -1.9 feet will occur at 6:27 p.m. The evening low tide Nov. 26 will be -1.8 feet at 7:14 p.m.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Because Copalis Beach will not be open for digging Nov. 26, Ayres cautions diggers to observe the boundary between Mocrocks Beach and Copalis Beach, which are adjacent to one another north of Grays Harbor.

Mocrocks Beach, which will be open to digging both days, lies north of the Copalis River and includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Copalis Beach lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis.

(Photo by Ryan Nakata)

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