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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Next coastal razor clam dig is tentatively planned for next Saturday, Dec. 10

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The next one-day coastal razor clam dig is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, and final approval should be announced by this afternoon (Friday, Dec. 2) or Monday (Dec. 5) at the latest.

Digging will be allowed at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks, and open from noon to 11:59 p.m. Low tide that day is a minus-0.5 feet at 6:30 p.m.

The best digging period is usually one to two hours before low tide so part of the dig should occur right before it gets dark.

The timing of last Friday and Saturday’s (Nov. 25-26) coastal razor clam digs couldn’t have been more perfect for those who dared to venture onto the beaches.

“We had a lot of happy clam diggers, and we had no complaints whatsoever,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist. “The number of people who came out on Saturday in most cases was down except for Mocrocks and I think they were spooked by the weather forecast.”

The weather on Friday was picture perfect with fairly clear skies and a moderate surf, and on Saturday an expected storm was thought to bring winds up to 50 mph, but it ended up blowing harder much further north thus skipping the entire south central coastline.

Ayres says there was 19,000 digger trips during the two-day dig, and the success improved on Saturday with very close to limits of 15 clam per person daily.

At Long Beach diggers averaged 14.1, at Twin Harbors it was 13.3, at Mocrocks it was 14.7 and the one day that Copalis was open saw 14.6.

Other digs are scheduled for:

Dec. 22, -0.9 at 4:40 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Dec. 23, -1.4 at 5:29 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

More digs are also planned later in January as well as more during spring time. Some of those specific dates should be announced by early January.

(Photos by Ryan Nakata)

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