The next coastal razor clam digs set to begin this Friday got the green light of approval this morning.
“It should be great digging, and the weather looks perfect with a four-foot surf and light winds by Saturday,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, who indicated the official news release is working its way out the door.
This comes on the heels of what was one of the earliest starts of the fall season which occurred Sept. 19-23.
“We had on and off again digging success with great weather conditions on two nights followed by some bad conditions on the others,” said Ayres.
A total of 8,900 diggers turned out for the five-day dig at Twin Harbors producing a catch of 14.3 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit and each diggers clams must be kept in separate containers).
“We had some wastage (where clams are discarded on beaches) and that is always a frustration,” Ayres said. “In general it looks like we’re in great shape heading down the road for more digging.”
The next digs are:
Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m. with a low tide of 0.0 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Oct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m. with a minus-0.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Oct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m. with a -0.7 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors Mocrocks;
Oct. 7, Monday, 9:48 p.m. with a -0.8 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; and Oct. 8, Tuesday, 10:40 p.m. with a -0.4 feet at Twin Harbors.
Oct. 17, Thursday, 6:15 p.m. with a -0.2 feet at Twin Harbors; Oct. 18, Friday, 6:57 p.m. with a -0.6 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Oct. 19, Saturday, 7:38 p.m. with a -0.7 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Oct. 20, Sunday, 8:16 p.m.; with a -0.7 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; Oct. 21, Monday, 8:55 p.m. with a -0.4 feet at Twin Harbors, Mocrocks; and Oct. 22, Tuesday, 9:34 p.m. with a -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors.
“We are still finalizing more digs for the remainder of the year into December, and those will likely be an every other week schedule,” Ayres said.
A report on last year’s season and prospects for this year are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.