The remarkable coastal razor clam season will reopen Feb. 15, and more digs have been announced to next month including one during the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival.
Digging will be open Feb. 15-22 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Feb. 20-22 at Mocrocks; and Feb. 21 at Copalis. Digging will be allowed during low tides from noon to midnight each day.
“It is the same story we’ve been saying all winter long, and that is when the weather is good people have done well, and when the weather is bad they didn’t do so well,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “This past Saturday we saw a pretty good turnout, and lots of clams that were nice size.”
Low tides: Feb. 15, 0.2 feet at 3:47 p.m.; Feb. 16, minus-0.5 at 4:37 p.m.; Feb. 17, -0.9 at 5:24 p.m.; Feb. 18, -1.1 at 6:08 p.m.; Feb. 19, -1.1 at 6:51 p.m.; Feb. 20, -0.7 at 7:33 p.m.; Feb. 21, -0.1 at 8:16 p.m.; and Feb. 22, 0.6 at 9 p.m.
Diggers can now start making plans for March dates.
“The digs later in March will switch to morning low tides, and will coincide with the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival,” Ayres said.
Dates during evening low tides are: March 2-5 and March 16-20 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and March 20 at Copalis and Mocrocks.
Dates during morning low tides are: March 21-22 at Copalis and Mocrocks; and March 21-24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.
The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival is March 20-22. For details, go to www.oceanshores.org.
Ayres is also hopeful that digging will go well into April and May.
“We need to look at March totals especially on beaches like Coaplis and Ocean Shores,” Ayres said. “The low tides aren’t great especially during the weekends in April, and it will be a struggle to offer some decent digging days.”