The next series of fall coastal razor clam digs begin this Saturday, and look for excellent digging.
Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open this weekend onlyOct. 27-28, and Twin Harbors from Saturday through TuesdayOct. 27-30. Digging on all the beaches is allowed after noon each day.
Here are some figures from the last digs:
A total of 19,036 diggers turned out Oct. 13-18, and harvested 269,568 clams.
A breakdown at Long Beach showed 6,271 diggers with 85,182 clams; at Twin Harbors showed 5,035 diggers with 74,081 clams; at Copalis showed 4,522 diggers with 63,256 clams; and Mocrocks showed 3,208 diggers with 47,049 clams.
Diggers averaged 13.6 clams overall at Long Beach, and by day it was 14.4 on Oct. 13, 10.8 on Oct. 14; and 12.0 on Oct. 15.
Diggers averaged 14.7 clams overall at Twin Harbors, and by day it was 15.3 on Oct. 13 (daily limit is first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition), 13.2 on Oct. 14, 14.6 on Oct. 15, 15.0 on Oct. 16, 14.6 on Oct. 17, and 14.4 on Oct. 18.
Diggers averaged 14.9 clams overall at Copalis, and by day it was 14.9 on Oct. 13, and 12.1 on Oct. 14.
Diggers averaged 14.7 clams overall at Mocrocks, and by day it was 14.7 on Oct. 13, and 14.6 on Oct. 14.
Overall total harvest on all open beaches was 11,685 diggers had 171,988 clams on Oct. 13; 4,201 had 52,763 on Oct. 15; 1,131 had 15,073 on Oct. 16; 742 had 11,139 on Oct. 17; and 216 had 3,114 on Oct. 18.
Low tides: Oct. 27, plus-0.2 feet at 5:57 p.m.; Oct. 28, -0.1 at 6:36 p.m.; Oct. 29, -0.3 at 7:12 p.m.; and Oct. 30, -0.4 at 7:46 p.m.
Those making the drive north to Copalis and Mocrocks should be ready for traffic revisions on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to work on Simpson Avenue Bridge. This is the only route so plan for extra time to arrive before low tide.
Other tentative dates: Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 26-28 at Twin Harbors; Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 30 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. More digs are planned in December. Final approval will be made a week before each dig, after marine-toxin testing shows clams are safe to eat.
(Photo by Ryan Nakata)