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December 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

More coastal razor clam digging dates set for January and February

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Time to start making plans for more coastal razor clam digs heading into the New Year in what has been an excellent fall/winter season.

“Not a lot of clam diggers turned out on beaches (Dec. 14-17), but there are still plenty of clams,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “I got out with the family (on Tuesday) and we had our limit of clams in a half-an-hour.”

Ayres says an estimated 4,500 clam diggers turned out Saturday on open beaches, and another 2,500 on Sunday with just about all attaining their 15-clam daily limits.

The next series of digs should be finalized and approved by Friday, Dec. 19.

“I would expect that unless the weather is crummy digging should be good,” Ayres said. “The upcoming low tides (Dec. 29-Jan. 1) should allow easy digging in daylight conditions.”

Those digging dates are Sunday, Dec. 29, minus-0.2 feet at 4:05 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Monday, Dec. 30, -0.9 at 4:55 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Tuesday, Dec. 31, -1.4 at 5:42 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Wednesday, Jan. 1, -1.7 at 6:29 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Thursday, Jan. 2, -1.7 at 7:15 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Friday, Jan. 3, -1.4 at 8 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Saturday, Jan. 4, -0.9 at 8:45 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; and Sunday, Jan. 5, -0.2 at 9:31 p.m. at Twin Harbors. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.

More digs are also planned Jan. 17-18, Jan. 30-31, Feb. 2 and Feb. 27-28 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Feb. 1 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Jan. 29 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; and Jan. 15-16, Jan. 28 and Feb. 26 at Twin Harbors.

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