Week-long razor clam dig begins Nov. 1October 25th, 2013 by tristan baurick
State fishery managers have approved two razor clam digs for ocean beaches in November, the first of which begins Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 8.
This could be one of the season’s best razor clam digs, said Dan Ayres, state Dept. of Fish & Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
“Digging conditions and strong clam numbers combine to suggest diggers should do very well – weather depending,” he said.
More information about razor clamming and a schedule for the upcoming dig is below.
-Nov. 1, Friday, 5:52 pm; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors and Mocrocks
-Nov. 2, Saturday, 6:36 pm; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
-Nov. 3, Sunday, 6:16 pm; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks
Nov. 4, Monday, 6:59 pm; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks
-Nov. 5, Tuesday, 7:45 pm; -1.3 feet; Long Beach and Twin Harbors
-Nov. 6, Wednesday, 8:33 pm; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors
-Nov. 7, Thursday, 9:24 pm; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors
-Nov. 8, Friday, 10:19 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
Ayres said the best time to dig is one to two hours before low tide. Digging is not allowed at any beach before noon.
“Getting to the beach early should allow diggers to harvest clams before darkness sets in, at least based on low-tide times for the first four or five days of the dig,” he said. “But being prepared for darkness is a good idea.”
A lantern, he said, is much more effective for spotting clams than a flashlight beam.
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have a fishing license to harvest razor clams. Licenses are available on Fish & Wildlife’s website.
Fish & Wildlife will announce the final word on a tentative dig to begin Nov. 15 after the completion of marine toxin testing.
Photo: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife