The great times keep rolling on the coastal razor clam digging scene, and more dates for January and February were expected to be announced as soon as later today (Wednesday, Dec. 18).
“We’re about to announce additional digging dates (in January and February), and unless the weather is crummy clam diggers should be able to find plenty of clams on all the (open) beaches,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
Digging during the latest series of openers held Saturday (Dec. 14) through Tuesday (Dec. 17) was excellent although turnout has been light and might be due to ample opportunities so far this fall.
“Not a lot of clam diggers turned out on beaches,” Ayres said. “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.
Digging is open Wednesday, Dec. 18 (low tide is minus-0.3 feet at 7:12 p.m.) at Twin Harbors only.
The series of digs Nov. 30 through Dec. 7 showed diggers averaged 13.1 to 15.0 clams per person (a daily limit is the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition).
Final word on the next digging series should be announced Friday (Dec. 20), and will be held Dec. 29-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.