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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Coastal razor clams figures heading into final series of digs

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The coastal razor clam digging season is coming to an end, but my what a spectacular one it has been one of the best in more than three decades according to state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres.

“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,” Ayres said 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. They had great digging and many were done in 15 minuites and these are nice, big clams.”

Digging was so good that state fisheries enforcement were out, and handing out citations to those who weren’t abiding by the law which was mainly over limits (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).

“You always know it was good digging when you see incredible over limits,” Ayres said. “Enforcement saw one group that had 104 clams over their limit, and another group that had 60 clams over their limit, which is disappointing when people don’t follow the rules and get greedy. Enforcement even interviewed our governor (Jay Inslee) who was out digging clams.”

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.”

If we leave some clams behind that will be fine, and just means there will be a lot around for next season,” he said.

Upcoming digging dates on morning low tides are:

Tuesday, May 27 (low tide minus-1.0 feet at 6:24 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.

Wednesday, May 28 (-1.3 at 7:06 a.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.

Thursday, May 29 (-1.4 at 7:45 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Friday, May 30 (-1.2 at 8:23 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Saturday, May 31 (-1.0 at 9 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Sunday, June 1 (-0.7 at 9:37 a.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.

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Here is a breakdown on how clam digging went during the most series of digs from May 13-20:

May 13: Twin Harbors estimate was 519 diggers with 7,782 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger (the first 15 clams dug is a daily limit).

May 14: Long Beach estimate was 1,227 diggers with 18,399 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate was 883 diggers with 13,245 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 15: Long Beach estimate was 1,581 diggers with 23,709 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Twin Harbors estimate saw 742 diggers with 11,126 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 16: Long Beach estimate was 2,245 diggers with 33,672 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 1,221 diggers with 18,313 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Copalis estimate was 1,602 diggers with 24,086 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 17: Long Beach estimate was 4,822 diggers with 72,329 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 2,586 diggers with 38,784 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Copalis estimate was 3,576 diggers with 54,314 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.2 clams per digger; and Mocrocks estimate was 1,126 diggers with 16,896 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

(Photo courtesy of Ryan Nakata. Pictured is Ichiro Nakata with a nice clam he dug at Copalis Beach last season.)

May 18: Long Beach estimate was 3,128 diggers with 46,914 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 2,454 diggers with 36,593 clams harvested for a success rate of 14.9 clams per digger; Copalis estimate was 2,232 diggers with 33,481 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Mocrocks estimate was 1,401 diggers with 21,014 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 19: Twin Harbors estimate saw 1,354 diggers with 20,306 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 20: Twin Harbors estimate saw 1,098 diggers with 16,402 clams harvested for a success rate of 14.9 clams per digger.

May 13-20: Long Beach, 13,002 diggers with 195,032 clams harvested for 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors, 10,856 diggers with 162,552 clams harvested for 15.0 clams per digger; Copalis, 7,411 diggers with 111,880 clams harvested for 15.1 clams per digger; and Mocrocks, 2,527 diggers with 37,911 clams harvested for 15.0 clams per digger. A total of 33,795 diggers harvested 507,365 clams.

The coast-wide estimate from May 13-20 was 33,795 diggers (season high was 61,205 diggers April 14-20) with 507,365 (700,376)  clams harvested. The season coast-wide estimate total from Sept. 19 to May 20 was 408,775 diggers with 5,399,952 clams harvested.

 

 

 

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