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Clam digs start on Monday

April 10, 2014 Comments off

A weeklong razor clam dig has been approved, starting on Monday.

Shellfish managers approved the morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that anyone age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams.

“It’s always a good idea to have a current license in hand before you reach the beach,” Ayres said. “Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting in line to buy one at low tide.”

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

Ayres noted that the weekend digs will coincide with two events. The second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival is scheduled April 19-20, (see http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/) and Washington Coast Cleanup Day is set for April 19 (seehttp://www.coastsavers.org/).

Once the next series of digs is over, state shellfish managers will analyze harvest data and propose additional digging dates in the weeks ahead, Ayres said.

“This year’s season is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “We hope to offer more digging days into May.”

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Local lakes being stocked with trout

April 9, 2014 Comments off

Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year is Saturday, April 26, and state fish hatchery crews are getting ready by releasing millions of catchable fish in lakes across the state.

For this year’s lowland lakes trout opener, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant nearly 16.5 million fish in hundreds of lakes on both sides of the Cascades.

Within the past 2 weeks, over 2,300 rainbow trout have been planted into local waters, including Sylvia Lake, Vance Creek, and Duck Lake. These fish average 4 lbs apiece.

Across the state, the fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 1½ pounds each. Millions of trout that were stocked last year have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state.

Crews began this year’s stocking program in March and will continue through June. All opening day lakes will be stocked prior to the opener on April 26.

The WDFW says that if the catchable trout being released were laid end to end, they would stretch from Westport to Spokane.

Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/.

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New license needed for clam digging

April 1, 2014 Comments off

As of today, anyone digging razor clams will need a 2014-2015 license.

Low tide this morning is at 8:22 a.m. on Twin Harbors and Long Beach as the shift to morning tides began on Sunday. Both beaches are open through Thursday for a 9:05 am low tide on Wednesday and 9:49 am on Thursday.

Additional razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled for April 14-20.

We have tides, times, and tentative dates at KXRO.com

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Clam digs continue tonight, prior to seasonal shift in tides

March 27, 2014 Comments off

Razor clam digs continue tonight before switching to morning tides this weekend for Grays Harbor beaches.

Digging tonight on Twin Harbors has a low tide of at 4:48 pm before more beaches are added tomorrow and switch to morning tides Sunday for five more days.

Residents will need a 2014-2015 license to dig starting on Tuesday.

Additional razor clam digs are tentatively scheduled April 14-20.

March 27, Thursday, 4:48 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
March 28, Friday, 5:38 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 29, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
(Seasonal switch to morning tides)
March 30, Sunday, 6:53 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
March 31, Monday, 7:39 a.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 1, Tuesday, 8:22 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 2, Wednesday, 9:05 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 3, Thursday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

Tentative Dates

April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

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LICENSE FEE INCREASE SEPT. 1ST

August 15, 2011 Comments off

Starting Sept. 1, the base cost of most Washington hunting and fishing licenses will increase.

This is the first general recreational license fee increase in more than a decade.

The 2011 Legislature approved the new fees to help meet rising costs and a shortfall in revenue for managing hunting, fishing and the fish and wildlife populations that are the focus of those activities.

Not all license fees will increase, and some will decline, including those for youth, seniors and persons with disabilities. New license fee prices are available on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/license_fees.html.

“The new fees are critically important in maintaining fishing and hunting opportunity and make it possible for the department to fulfill its dual mission of conserving species while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation across the state,” said WDFW Director Phil Anderson. “The fees reflect the cost of managing specific fisheries and hunts, and are competitive with fees charged in neighboring states. At the same time, we made an effort to encourage broad participation through youth and senior discounts.”

The new fees are expected to generate about $8 million annually for activities that support hunting and recreational fishing. Recreational license and permit revenue is used to manage fisheries and hunting seasons, produce trout and steelhead for recreational fisheries, enforce regulations, monitor fish and game populations and help maintain wildlife lands.

Revenues from the license fee increase will replace a temporary 10 percent license sale surcharge that expired in June, and will fill a projected deficit in the account that funds fishing and hunting activities. Without the license fee increase, WDFW would have been forced to make major cuts in hunting and fishing seasons and opportunities.

“Fishing and hunting contribute more than $1.4 billion a year to the state’s economy, benefitting local communities, small business owners and the people they employ,” Anderson said. “Maintaining fishing and hunting opportunity is vital to Washington’s economy and quality of life.”

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