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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Coastal razor clam digging success still going very strong this week

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The coastal razor clam digging which began last Friday has been productive when the weather allowed diggers onto the beaches.

“The weather was a challenge only on Saturday (Nov. 2) when the surf was up and the winds blew like heck,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“But, believe it or not digging at Mocrocks that day was pretty good for the light crowd who showed and averaged 14.5 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit),” Ayres said. “That is evident of the strong population of clams at Mocrocks.”

Ayres says on Friday (Nov. 1) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks it was pretty much limits for diggers with large crowds.

The surf settled down by Sunday and the weather was nice leading to very good digging, and this week success was also excellent on open beaches.

The surf was expected to rise to 16 feet on Thursday before settling down again on Friday, and Long Beach is the only place open for digging during evening tides from noon to midnight each day. Low tides: Nov. 7, -1.2 at 9:24 p.m.; and Nov. 8, -0.3 at 10:19 p.m.

The most recent razor clam digs Oct. 17-22 generated 32,000 digger trips with 14.9 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).

The best digging usually occurs about one to two hours before low tide. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

More digs are scheduled Nov. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 17 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Nov. 18-20 at Long Beach. Final approval will be announced most likely by Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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Here are the additional dates:

Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 pm; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 pm; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 14, Saturday, 4:45 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 15, Sunday, 5:26 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbor, and Mocrocks

Dec. 16, Monday, 6:03 pm; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Dec. 17, Tuesday, 6:38 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7:12 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 pm; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

 

 

 

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