It is still a wait and see when the next coastal razor clam clam digs will occur this month, which will be the last of the winter/spring season.
Digging April 24-30was excellent with 15-clam daily limits being the rule although turnout seemed to be on the light side.
“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.
Here is a breakdown by beach on how diggers fared:
Long Beach, 25,656 diggers April 26-29 had 384,856 clams for average of 15.0 clams per person; Twin Harbors, 7,980 April 24-30 had 119,790 for 15.0; Copalis, 11,785 April 26-28 had 178,579 for 15.2; and Mocrocks, 6,668 April 26-29 had 100,178 for 15.0.
The season totals (includes clam wastage): Long Beach, 120,025 diggers had 1,720,308 clams for average of 14.3 per person and 93.1 percent of the total allowable catch; Twin Harbors, 65,347 had 932,579 for 14.3 and 49.6; Copalis, 66,852 had 975,110 for 14.6 and 90.9; and Mocrocks, 40,227 had 596,930 for 14.8 and 65.6. Season coastwide total is 291,570 digger with 4,189,417 clams (clam wastage total is 90,576 and is included into the total harvest).
Ayres says the next set of digs will be the final ones, and “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.)