May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Recent coastal razor clam digs were excellent, and more slated for this month
The recent coastal razor clam digs were off-the-charts good, and 15-clam daily limits were the rule on the four beaches open between April 24-30.
“We were right on limits across the board, and the crowds were lower than I might have anticipated (on beaches) north of Grays Harbor,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
A total of 51,208 digger trips were taken for a total of 770,023 clams harvested at Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches open April 26-29, and Twin Harbors open April 24-30.
“We had a big day (on Saturday, April 27) at Long Beach with 10,374 diggers, and 18,739 coastwide,” Ayres said.
“We have some additional days scoped out in May, and will make an announcement soon,” Ayres said. “These next set of digs will be the final ones, and that will be the end of the party.”
Digging since the season opened on Oct 13 has been excellent when the weather allowed diggers out onto beaches.
Diggers must keep the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers over age 15 or older must have a fishing license. For detaols, go to https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa at Moclips Beach during the most recent series of digs.)
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