Coastal razor clam diggers will get more opportunities at the end of the month and beyond in what has turned out to be a sensational season.
“It rained really hard and coming down in sheets (on Saturday), but (Sunday) it was beautiful although the surf came up like we had predicted,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
“I was at Copalis and 70 percent of the people I talked to had their (15 clam) daily limits, and the clams were nice in size,” Ayres said. “Some people got rolled in the surf after it came up and I can only think of a few times that it looked like it did, but luckily nobody got hurt.”
When the most recent series opened (Monday, April 14), “we had good sized crowds at Twin Harbors, and almost 1,000 people and almost all had their limits,” Ayres said. “The results were similar on (Tuesday, April 15) at Long Beach and also on Wednesday.”
State Fish and Wildlife will make a final announcement about a week before the next series of digs, once marine-toxin test results show the clams are safe to eat.
Tentative dates are:
Sunday, April 27, low tide is 5:53 a.m. at a minus-0.3 feet low tide at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.
Monday, April 28, low tide is 6:39 a.m. at a minus-0.8 feet low tide at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.
Tuesday, April 29, low tide is 7:22 a.m. at a minus-1.1 feet low tide at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.
Wednesday, April 30, low tide is 8:03 a.m. at a minus-1.2 feet low tide at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.
Thursday, May 1, low tide is 8:43 a.m. at a minus-1.0 feet low tide at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.
Friday, May 2, low tide is 9:23 a.m. at a minus-0.7 feet low tide at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks.
Saturday, May 3, low tide is 10:04 a.m. at a minus-0.3 feet low tide at Twin Harbors, Long Beach ad Mocrocks.
Sunday, May 4, low tide is 10:47 a.m. at a plus-0.1 feet at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks.
“We’ll collect data (after the next scheduled digs), and see where we are at and maybe have some more digging in the middle of May,” said Ayres.