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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Post holiday feast will be razor clams on coastal beaches

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The next coastal razor clam digs got the green light of approval to begin this weekend.

“The digs are a go, and the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a popular one,”said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “The weather forecast looks good through Friday, but beyond that we don’t know for sure just yet how things will turn out.”

The upcoming digs are Saturday, Nov. 30 (low tide is minus-0.1 feet at 4:28 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks; Sunday, Dec.  1 (-0.9 at 5:13 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday, Dec. 2 (-1.4 at 5:59 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Tuesday, Dec. 3 (-1.7 at 6:44 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Wednesday, Dec. 4 (-1.7 at 7:30 p.m.) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Thursday, Dec. 5 (-1.4 at 8:17 p.m.) at Twin Harbors; Friday, Dec. 6 (-1.0 at 9:05 p.m.) at Twin Harbors; and Saturday, Dec. 7 (-0.3 at 9:56 p.m.) at Twin Harbors. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.

Digging was excellent since the most recent openings began Friday, Nov. 15 through Wednesday, Nov 20. During the digs from Nov. 15-20, at Long Beach diggers averaged 11.1 clams per person from Nov. 15-17; Twin Harbors it was 14.6 from Nov. 15-20; Copalis it was 11.9 on Nov. 15-16; and Mocrocks it was 14.5 from Nov. 15-17.

Digging on the season opener Sept. 19-23 at Twin Harbors produced 8,903 digger trips with 127,528 clams dug for an average of 14.3 (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).

That was followed by more digging on Oct. 4-8 on various open beaches that generated 22,438 digger trips with 329,321 clams dug. Long Beach was open Oct. 4-7, and 6,493 diggers had 94,305 clams for 14.5 per person average; Twin Harbors was open Oct. 4-8, and 5,836 diggers had 84,430 clams for 14.5; Copalis was open Oct. 4-5, and 5,886 diggers had 87,899 clams for 14.9; and Mocrocks was open Oct. 4-7, and 4,222 diggers had 62,687 clams for 14.8.

More digging then occurred Oct. 17-22 on various open beaches tallied 31,819 digger trips with 472,888 clams dug. Long Beach was open Oct. 17-20, and 8,891 diggers had 132,486 clams for 14.9 per person average; Twin Harbors was open Oct. 17-22, and 8,335 diggers had 123,420 clams for 14.8; Copalis was open Oct. 18-19, and 8,901 diggers had 131,664 clams for 14.8; and Mocrocks was open Oct. 18-21, and 5,692 diggers had 85,218 clams for 15.0.

The digs Nov. 1-8 on various open beaches saw 13,541 digger trips with 171,703 clams dug. Long Beach was open Nov. 2-5, and 5,076 diggers had 64,691 clams for 12.7 per person average; Twin Harbors was open Nov. 1-8, and 5,026 diggers had 63,181 clams for 12.6; Copalis was open Nov. 2, and 1,767 diggers had 14,628 clams for 8.3; and Mocrocks was open Nov. 1-4, and 3,680 diggers had 53,962 clams for 14.7.

Digging Nov. 15-20 on various open beaches saw 20,947 digger trips with 263,620 clams dug. Long Beach was open Nov. 15-17, and 7,745 diggers had 85,916 clams for 11.1 per person average; Twin Harbors was open Nov. 15-20, and 3.690 diggers had 53,770 clams for 14.6; Copalis was open Nov. 15-16, and 5,337 diggers had 63,453 clams for 11.9; and Mocrocks was open Nov. 15-17, and 4,175 diggers had 60,482 clams for 14.5.

Last year, 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. For comparison, in 2011-12 a total of 194,976 digger trips produced 2.5 million clams for 13.2 per digger average; and in 2010-11, a total of 244,500 produced 3.2 million for 13.1.

Barring any marine toxin issues diggers should see excellent digging now and well into spring time.

Here are the additional evening digging dates going into the winter holiday period:

Saturday, Dec. 14 (low tide is -0.1 feet at 4:45 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Sunday, Dec. 15 (-0.3 at 5:26 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbor and Mocrocks.

Monday, Dec. 16 (-0.4 at 6:03 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 (-0.4 at 6:38 p.m.) at Twin Harbors.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 (-0.3 at 7:12 p.m.) at Twin Harbors.

Sunday, Dec. 29 (-0.2 at 4:05 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Monday, Dec. 30 (-0.9 at 4:55 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Tuesday, Dec. 31 (-1.4 at 5:42 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

 

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