Razor clam digging off to promising start
The coastal razor clam season is off to a great start, and diggers can now start make tentative plans to hit the beaches through the winter...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle native and lifelong angler Mark Yuasa blogs on fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
The coastal razor clam season is off to a great start, and diggers can now start make tentative plans to hit the beaches through the winter holidays.
"We saw a lot of clam diggers, and overall there was pretty darn good success," said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, about the opener last weekend. "I was at Copalis (on Saturday), and everybody had their (15-clam daily limit)."
"By Sunday, the surf kicked up and digging was tougher, although at Mocrocks most people I saw had their limits," Ayres said.
The weekend saw just shy of 16,000 diggers — 11,500 on Saturday alone — with an average of 14.1 clams a person.
The size of clams was a mixed bag, but as Ayres pointed out it wasn't the greatest low tide, so people were higher up on the beaches where the majority of smaller clams tend to be.
"At Mocrocks, there was a nice mix of 5 ½-inch clams and 4-inch clams," Ayres said. "The clams were in good shape. Overall, I was very pleased with the first digs."
Digging is open Thursday at Twin Harbors only. All digs are allowed during evening low tides only.
All dates for the remainder of the year have been set. Final approval will be made about a week before, after marine-toxin testing shows clams are safe to eat.
Other tentative openings
• Oct. 27-28 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 13-14 at Twin Harbors; Nov. 15 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 16-17 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 26-28 at Twin Harbors; Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Dec. 11-13 at Twin Harbors; Dec. 14-15 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Dec. 16 at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Dec. 28 at Twin Harbors; Dec. 29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Dec. 30-31 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.
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