Head to the coast next week, and gather up some razor clams for the upcoming holiday feasts.
State Fish and Wildlife has approved the next series of clam digs with the first happening on Monday, Nov. 26 at Twin Harbors followed by more coastal beaches opening in the days ahead.
Digging is open Nov. 26-28 at Twin Harbors; Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrock. Digging is allowed after noon each day.
“Given the stormy weather conditions (on the previous digs Nov. 13-17), those who stuck it out on the beaches got their (15-clam daily) limits on the two beaches I was at,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
Low tides: Nov. 26, minus-0.1 feet at 5:16 p.m.; Nov. 27, -0.3 at 5:32 p.m.; Nov. 28, -0.4 at 6:27 p.m.; Nov. 29, -0.4 at 7:01 p.m.; Nov. 30, -0.3 at 7:35 p.m.; and Dec. 1, -0.1 at 8:10 p.m.
Diggers must keep their first 15 clams dig regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Other tentative digs are: Dec. 11, Tuesday, 4:51 p.m., -1.1 ft., Twin Harbors; Dec. 12, Wednesday, 5:40 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors; Dec. 13, Thursday, 6:29 p.m., -1.9 ft., Twin Harbors; Dec. 14, Friday, 7:15 p.m., -1.8 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; Dec. 15, Saturday, 8:01 p.m., -1.6 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; and Dec. 16, Sunday, 8:47 p.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Dec. 28, Friday, 6:42 p.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors; Dec. 29, Saturday, 7:15 p.m., -0.3 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Dec. 30, Sunday, 7:47 p.m., -0.2 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; and Dec. 31, Monday, 8:20 p.m., 0.0., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.
Razor clam populations are healthy on the coast, and more digs are also planned after the New Year and possibly into spring time.
“Razor clam populations are up overall, and on some beaches they’re up considerably,” Ayres said in a story that ran in late summer. “The good news is we’ll see a lot more digging opportunities on all the beaches (except for Kalaloch) than we’ve seen in a long time.”
(Photo courtesy of Ryan Nakata)