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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Dig this: Winter coastal razor clamming still excellent, and more digs scheduled at end of month

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Those who can bear the bone chilling temperature were still finding great razor clam digging success this past week as folks are converging onto Twin Harbors tonight for one more chance until it reopens Jan. 25.

“The great weather equals good clam digging as always, and that was definitely the case this past week,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“Crowds were light, which is typical for January and without tonight’s (Jan. 14) count we are just shy of 11,500 digger trips,” Ayres said. “The biggest turnout was Saturday night when we had 3,600 diggers out.”

“The coastwide average was 14.7 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug is daily limit), and there wasn’t a place that we saw where someone didn’t have a limit although a few people gave up because they were wet and cold,’ Ayres said.

Ayres says there are a good number of clams 4 ¾ to 5 inches long mixed in with the smaller ones.

“We’ve got the test clams and they went to the (Department of Health) lab today so we should get news soon for the end of January digs,” Ayres said. “I don’t anticipate any problems.”

Upcoming tentative dates are: Feb. 7 and Feb. 11-12 at Twin Harbors; Jan. 26 and Feb. 8-9 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Jan. 25, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 23-24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. Digging is allowed after noon each day.

(Photo by Ryan Nakata)

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