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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 26, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Low tides this week are ideal for shellfish gathering

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Another low tide series Thursday through the weekend should provide good clam and oyster gathering in Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

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.

The upcoming low tide series in Puget Sound and Hood Canal bodes well for gathering clams and oysters. North Sound low tides are: Thursday, minus-1.6 feet at 10:54 a.m.; Friday, -1.6 at 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, -1.4 at 12:05 p.m.; and Sunday, -1.1 at 12:41 p.m. The next low tide series will occur beginning July 9.

 

 

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