The spectacular fall, winter and spring coastal razor clam season is coming to an end in what state fisheries managers say was on the best in more than 30 years.
Diggers will get one more chance to relish the acres of clams spread across four coastal beaches starting Tuesday, May 27.
“Often when we get into May the weather is fantastic, clams are fat and the low tides are great, and everyone I interviewed during the (May 13-20) digs were happy,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager who noticed many were also finding time after to go surf perch fishing which was good and other flying kites.
“One thing is the crowds aren’t as heavy as you’d expect, and maybe part of the problem is we haven’t been getting people enough advanced notice,” he said. “I was at Copalis and Mocrocks, and everybody had their (15-clam daily) limits.”
Digging will be open Tuesday (low tide minus-1.0 feet at 6:24 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Wednesday (-1.3 at 7:06 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; May 29 (-1.4 at 7:45 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; May 30 (-1.2 at 8:23 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; May 31 (-1.0 at 9 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and June 1 (-0.7 at 9:37 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.
The next season will begin sometime in the fall (just for thought this past season it began in mid-September), when the older clams have recovered from spawning and a new generation begins to grow beneath the sand.