Clam dig continues through Tuesday


Clam digging continues today during the second of a five-day razor clam dig on four ocean beaches.

Four beaches will be open for digging today, three will be open on Sunday and Monday, and one — Twin Harbors — will be open on Tuesday. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Evening low tides and beaches for the dig:

Today, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Monday, 9:00 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Tuesday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results. “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 Fish & Wildlife 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 wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm.