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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Excellent coastal razor clam digs expected when next series begins Monday

photo (8)The most recent coastal razor clam digs were very good, and state Fish and Wildlife approved Wednesday (April 9) the next series of digs scheduled to begin this coming Monday, April 14.

“Except for the crummy weather over the weekend, the digging success was excellent,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “Unfortunately the big crowd was out on the tough digging day on Saturday, but that just means more clams for digging down the road.”

On Saturday, 9,147 diggers were surveyed at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, but the average was only 6.8 to 6.9 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit) although some managed to get their limits.

“Hopefully the weather is better on the next series of digs, and we’ve got some decent low tides,” Ayres said. “We’ll also see how many clams we have left once the smoke clears (during the mid- and late-April digs), and hopefully plan more digs in May.”

Upcoming digging dates on morning low tides are:

Monday, April 14 (plus-0.2 feet at 6:46 a.m.) at Twin Harbors; Tuesday, April 15 (-0.3 at 7:24 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Wednesday, April 16 (-0.6 at 8:03 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Thursday, April 17 (-0.8 at 8:43 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Friday, April 18 (-0.8 at 9:26 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Saturday, April 19 (-0.7 at 10:14 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Sunday, April 19 (-0.4 at 11:06 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

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