The first razor clam dig at Twin Harbors on Thursday ended up being very productive for those who ventured and it was easy 15-clam daily limits for all.
“We had 2,200 people out and it was a nice crowd not a record breaker crowd,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “Everybody had limits and everyone was off the beaches early. There was a mix of some larger and smaller clams and lots of happy clam diggers.”
Weather was starting to turn for the worse as heavy rain hit the coast by Friday afternoon, and by Sunday those who go could find 14 foot seas and unfavorable conditions.
Digging at Twin Harbors is open Friday through Monday (Sept. 20-23) for evening low tide digs between noon and midnight each day.
The Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
Low tides: Sept. 20, minus-0.5 at 7:57 p.m.; Sept. 21, -0.5 at 8:39 p.m.; Sept. 22, -0.3 at 9:21 p.m.; and Sept. 22, 0.0 at 10:04 p.m.
State Fish and Wildlife is also in the process of developing digging seasons for other beaches (Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Twin Harbors) where clam populations are also very abundant and more digging days will be available than last year.
“We should have an announcement out early next week (about additional digging opportunities),” Ayres said.
A total of 420,000 digger trips were made in 2012-13 with 6.1 million clams dug for an average of 14.5 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).
State Fish and Wildlife has released their stock assessment at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.