Clam Digs Approved for February 23-24
Clam diggers have one more chance to get their limit in February. Fishery managers approved an evening razor clam dig Feb. 23-24 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the dig will be limited to Twin Harbors and Long Beach, the two ocean beaches with the most clams available for harvest.
Evening low tides for those two beaches are as follows:
• Feb. 23, Saturday, 5:12 p.m., +0.3 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors
• Feb. 24, Sunday, 5:47 p.m., +0.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Ayres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.
WDFW will announce the final word on all upcoming digs after marine toxin tests have been completed. Those digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates and low tides:
•Mar. 7, Thursday, 3:06 p.m., +0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
•Mar. 8, Friday, 4:01 p.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors
•Mar. 9, Saturday, 4:50 p.m., -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
•Mar. 10, Sunday, 6:33 p.m., -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
•Mar. 11, Monday, 7:12 p.m., 0.0, Twin Harbors
•Mar. 28, Thursday, 7:57 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
•Mar. 29, Friday, 8:40 a.m., -0.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
•Mar. 30, Saturday, 9:26 a.m., -0.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
•Mar. 31, Sunday, 10:16 a.m., -0.6 ft., Twin Harbors
By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
Information about the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, as well as current and proposed digs, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.