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March 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Coastal razor clam digs on tap this weekend

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Time to go digging for razor clams.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis are open this Saturday (March24); and all except Copalis this Sunday (March 25).

No digging will be allowed either day after noon at any of those beaches.

“We’re nearing the end of the season at Copalis, but we still have more clams available for harvest on other beaches,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

Low tides: March 24, plus-0.3 feet at 8:25 a.m.; and March 25, 0.3 at 8:59 a.m.

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival is March 24, and features craft booths and a chowder cook-off.

Other tentative dates are: April 7-8 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Kalaloch; and April 9 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch.

Those who turned out for the coastal razor clam dig March 3-4 found a mixed bag in the weather and success.

“It was definitely one of those weather related weekends, but for the most part folks did OK digging, and averaged 12.8 clams per person,” Ayres said.

There was 19,700 diggers for the two-day dig, and while it was a good sized crowd, Ayres says it was a lower turnout than the previous dig last month.

“Coastwide digging was best at Copalis Beach,” Ayres said. “Everyone we talked to had their limits (on March 4). The northern part of the coast cleared up a bit, and while it was windy it wasn’t wet.”

Down south, diggers at Long Beach did well March 3, but struggled the following day as the weather and surf was worse compared to northern beaches.

“It was definitely same kind of crappy weather we’ve been having all winter long,” Ayres said.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)

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