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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Recent three-day coastal razor clam digs good despite less than ideal low tides

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The coastal razor clam digs this past Friday to Sunday was actually good despite the less than ideal low tides.

“It wasn’t that bad of a weekend for those who turned out on the beaches,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “I took my family out to Twin Harbors Friday night, and we found our share of clams, and some were small in size but others were nice.”

Coastwide at Long Beach and Twin Harbors (open Friday to Sunday), and Mocrocks and Copalis (open Saturday only) 12,800 digger trips were made with an 11.6 clam per person average (the first 15 clams dug is a daily limit).

Copalis had 3,000 people with 12.8. clams per person; Morcocks had 1,400 with 13.0; Twin Harbors had 3,000 for 13.5; and Long Beach had 5,400 for 9.5

“Diggers had a little more trouble at Long Beach, and it was most likely to the heavy surf hitting that beach,” Ayres said.

The next batch of razor clams are at the Department of Health Lab, and Ayres says marine toxin levels have been down and he expects no issues for the upcoming digs in February. The final results should be known by the end of this week.

Tentative dates: Feb. 7 and Feb. 11-12 at Twin Harbors; Feb. 8-9 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Feb. 10 and Feb. 23-24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

“Once we get done with our February digs we’ll look at announcing more openings for March,” Ayres said.

(Photo courtesy of Ryan Nakata)

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