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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Very low tides will allow for excellent shellfish gathering in the days ahead

IMG_1300An extreme low tide this week will expose a lot of Puget Sound and Hood Canal beaches for clams, oysters and the hard to get at geoduck.

Clam populations are good and the seasons are generally longer overall on most of our beaches, according to state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologists.

Good shellfish beaches include Dosewallips State Park, Fort Flagler, Potlatch State Park, and Duckabush. NOTE: South Indian Island County Park opens July 1-Sept. 15. All eastern mainland beaches from Everett south into southern Puget Sound are also closed for shellfish due to unsafe pollution levels.

Before heading to a beach know the rules first by checking the regulation pamphlet on page 126. Then check the state Fish and Wildlife web site at http://wdfw.wa.gov, then check the state fisheries hotline at 866-880-5431 or http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/. State Fish and Wildlife also offers a good interactive shellfish map at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/beaches/.

Lastly, call the marine biotoxin hotline at 800-562-5632 or visit the Department of Health web site at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Shellfish.aspx.

North Sound low tides are: Wednesday (June 11), minus-1.6 feet at 9:18 a.m.; Thursday (June 12), -2.3 at 9:58 a.m.; Friday (June 13), -2.8 at 10:40 a.m.; Saturday (June 14), -2.9 at 11:25 a.m.; Sunday (June 15), -2.7 at 12:11 p.m.; Monday (June 16), -2.1 at 12:59 p.m.; and Tuesday (June 17), -1.2 at 1:49 p.m.

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