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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Another razor clam dig approved Dec. 22-23 on four coastal beaches

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Clam diggers will get another chance to dig up some razor clams Dec. 22-23 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

“We had a good turnout for the dig earlier this month, and we’re expecting the same for the upcoming dig,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist. “The tides won’t be low enough for a New Year’s dig this year, but they’re providing some good digging opportunities this month.”

Low tides are minus-0.9 feet at 4:40 p.m. on Dec. 22; and -1.4 at 5:29 p.m. on Dec. 23. Digging is allowed noon to midnight.

The one-day coastal razor clam dig last Saturday, Dec. 10 was a mixed bag of success.

“I worked Copalis and saw only a few folks that didn’t take home their limits (of the first 15 clams dug daily), the same was true at Mocrocks,” Ayres said. “The surf was higher to the south and the folks are Long Beach and Twin Harbors struggled.”

Coastwide at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis about 5,500 digger trips were taken and they harvested just shy of 61,000 clams for an overall result of 11.2 clams per person.

“It was the smallest opener so far this winter, but it was nice we got Copalis added into it,” Ayres said.

At Long Beach diggers averaged 7.0 clams per person; Twin Harbors, 11.0, Copalis, 13.0; and Mocrocks, 15.0.

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.

More digs are planned in January as well as the spring. Some specific dates should be announced by January.

(Photo taken by Ryan Nakata)

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