Morning low tides will be as follows:
- May 5, Saturday, 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet
- May 6, Sunday, 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet
- May 7, Monday, 8:07 p.m., -2.3 feet
For best results, Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide.
“With digging restricted to one beach, I’d recommend arriving early and getting your clams before it gets too crowded,” he said. “That may leave time to go fishing for spring chinook salmon on the Chehalis River or catch some shrimp in Puget Sound.”
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.
Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening, since all 2011-12 licenses expired March 31. The exception is young people under age 15, who may fish for free.
Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on WDFW’s website ( https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov ) and from license vendors around the state.