The first coastal razor clam digs of the season occurred this past weekend, and with good results mainly on Saturday.
“We saw a lot of clam diggers, and overall there was pretty darn good success,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “It was a little better weather on Saturday so that was the best day, and I was at Copalis at everybody had their (15-clam daily limit).”
“By Sunday the surf kicked up and digging was tougher although I was at Mocrocks and most of the people I saw had their limits,” Ayres said.
The weekend saw just shy of 16,000 diggers (11,500 were seen on Saturday) with an average of 14.1 clams per person.
“Digging was better on the northern beaches, and a little tougher at Long Beach especially on Sunday,” Ayres said.
The size of clams was a mixed bag, but as Ayres pointed out it wasn’t the greatest low tide so people were higher up on the beaches where the majority of smaller clams tend to be.
“At Mocrocks there was a nice mix of 5 ½ inch clams and 4 inch clams,” Ayres said. “The clams were in good shape. Overall I was very pleased with the first digs, and the crowds were very light on Sunday during what was a stormy and rainy weather day.”
Ayres expects the next series of digs will be announced in a news release that is likely to come out by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
There will likely be another series of digs at beaches in October, and Ayres says they will try and set at least two openers each month through December.
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