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Proposed razor clam digs include March shift to morning tides

Westport clam diggers

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers looking forward to the next razor clam dig on Washington beaches now have two more months of possible options to consider.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released a list of proposed digs in March and April, adding to one previously announced for Feb. 26-28.

None of those digs has yet received final approval, but the list will allow diggers to start planning their next trip to the beach, said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager.

“We expect to add some digs at Mocrocks and Copalis in April, but we need to measure harvest levels next month before we can do that,” Ayres said. “As usual, we’ll give the final word on all of the scheduled digs once we receive the results of upcoming marine toxin tests.”

Ayres also noted that the seasonal shift from evening tides to morning tides will occur March 30, four days into a proposed six-day dig.

“That’s another reason to announce these tentative digging dates as soon as possible, he said. “The last thing we want to do is take people by surprise.”

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 1, Saturday, 6:32 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • March 2, Sunday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • March 3, Monday, 7:53 p.m.; +0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • March 26, Wednesday, 3:52 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

Ayres noted that the 2nd Annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival will be held April 19-20. Informational is available athttp://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/.

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 an applicable 2013-14 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.govand from license vendors around the state.

For updates on upcoming digs, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

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Second December razor clam dig approved starting this weekend

Ayres recommends that diggers bring a lantern for evening digs – and check the razor clam recipes on WDFW’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/recipes.html).

 

“The chowder is always a hit with family and friends who stop by over the holidays,” Ayres said.

 

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 an applicable 2013-14 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.

 

For additional information about upcoming razor clam digs, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

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Second November razor clam dig to start Friday on ocean beaches

“This is a great opportunity to dig some razor clams for your Thanksgiving table,” said Ayres, who recommends the recipe for the “Best Darn Razor Clam Dip Ever” on the WDFW website at http://goo.gl/57Z2Zr . He also recommends bringing a lantern for evening digs.

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 an applicable 2013-14 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.

For information on additional razor clam tentatively scheduled through December, see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html .

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Week-long November razor clam dig approved

The schedule for the upcoming dig and evening low tides is:

  • 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 reminded diggers that best results typically occur one to two hours before low tide and that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon.

Razor Clam Digging in Western Washington“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,” said Ayres. “But being prepared for darkness is a good idea. Always bring a lantern, which is much more effective for spotting clams than the direct beam of a flashlight.”

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 an applicable 2013-14 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.

WDFW will announce the final word on a tentative dig to begin Nov. 15 after marine toxin tests have been completed. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Nov. 15, Friday, 5:01 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Nov. 16, Saturday, 5:42 pm; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Nov. 17, Sunday, 6:20 pm; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks
  • Nov. 18, Monday, 6:57 pm; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 19, Tuesday, 7:33 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 20, Wednesday, 8:09 pm; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Comprehensive information about razor clams – from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking – is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ .

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Second October razor clam dig approved, November digs tentatively set

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 an applicable 2013-14 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.

The department has also tentatively scheduled additional digs Nov. 1-8 and Nov. 15-20, provided upcoming marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

“Razor clam digging is so popular and important to coastal communities that we always strive to announce tentative digs as far in advance as possible to allow folks to mark their calendars,” said Ayres. “Low-tide levels for the first tentative November dig are some of the very best we’ll have all season.”

WDFW will announce the final word on upcoming digs after marine toxin tests have been completed. Those digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates and low tides:

  • 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

The dates and low tides for the second November opener follow here:

  • Nov. 15, Friday, 5:01 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Nov. 16, Saturday, 5:42 pm; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Nov. 17, Sunday, 6:20 pm; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks
  • Nov. 18, Monday, 6:57 pm; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 19, Tuesday, 7:33 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 20, Wednesday, 8:09 pm; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Comprehensive information about razor clams – from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking – is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ .

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WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Friday at four beaches

“We have a lot of clams available for harvest this year, and a favorable weather forecast for the upcoming dig,” Ayres said. “We do recommend diggers wear warm clothes and bring a lantern for these evening digs.”

Ayres noted that WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig Oct. 17-22, pending the results of future toxin tests. The department also plans to announce additional digging dates for the fall season later this month.

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.

Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ . Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at 
http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ 
 

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WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through October

“We’re still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a chance to start making plans for October,” said Ayres, noting that tests conducted over the summer point to another year of strong razor clam populations and digging opportunities.

A report on last year’s season and prospects for this year are posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html . Written comments on plans for this year’s season can be submitted to [email protected] through Sept. 30.

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.

Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ . Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ . 

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