Some of the best low tides of the fall/winter coastal razor clam season are coming up in the next series of digs that will begin this coming Tuesday, Dec. 11.
“We’ve also expanded the opening at Long Beach with one extra day of digging on Dec. 16,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
Ayres said a total of 4,600 diggers harvested 36,000 razor clams from Nov. 26-Dec. 1, but stormy weather last weekend equaled poor success and turnout. Digging was excellent before the storms on Nov. 26-28 at Twin Harbors where diggers pretty much had their 15-clam daily limit.
Next digs are: Dec. 11-13 at Twin Harbors; Dec. 14-15 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Dec. 16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. Digging is allowed after noon each day.
Low tides: Tuesday, Dec. 11, minus-1.1 feet at 4:51 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 12, -1.6 at 5:40 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 13, -1.9 at 6:29 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 14, -1.8 at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15, -1.6 at 8:01 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16, -1.0 at 8:47 p.m.
The best digging usually occurs one to two hours before low tide.
Clam diggers must keep the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Other tentative dates are: Dec. 28 at Twin Harbors; Dec. 29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 30-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.
More dates will be announced soon for January and February.