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October 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Coastal razor clam digging off to a great start with fairly easy limits

2razor2013The coastal razor clam season got off to a great start on Tuesday night despite the fog rolling in off the ocean.

“We had a good razor clam opener, and everybody we saw at Long Beach and Twin Harbors managed to get their (15-clam daily) limits,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “The weather was beautiful as expected, but just before low tide it got really foggy.”

At Twin Harbors the early bird diggers got smaller-szied clams, and those who went more toward low tide found larger clams.

“At Long Beach it was no surprise that there was an abundance of small clams, after all we had about three million clams that are new to the fishery,” Ayres said. “There were some folks who did find bigger clams at Long Beach, and the good news means there will be a lot of clams in the near future.”

More digs are happening Wednesday (Oct. 8) to Sunday (Oct. 12) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Friday (Oct. 10) to Sunday (Oct. 12) at Mocrocks; and Saturday (Oct. 11) only at Copalis. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day. Best time to dig is usually one to two hours before the low tide.

“The weather by this weekend looks iffy according to the forecast, but with a full slate of digs scheduled all the way through Dec. 31 you don’t need to out Sunday in the pouring down rain,” Ayres said.

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Other tentative dates at Long Beach and Twin Harbors are Oct. 22-28, Nov. 4-11, Nov. 20-26, Dec. 3-9, Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 31. Mocrocks on Oct. 24-26, Nov. 7-9, Nov. 21-23, Dec. 5-7, Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 31. Copalis on Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Dec. 20 and Dec. 31. Kalaloch Beach is closed due a low population of razor clams.

The daily limit is 15 clams, and diggers must keep the first clams they dig regardless of size or condition.

All diggers must keep clams in their own bucket or clam net. Sharing it with another person is illegal and you are liable to get a ticket by an enforcement officer. All diggers age 15 and older must have a valid license.

Diggers must cover up their holes with sand after digging.

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