Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:
Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)
December 9, 2013
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628
OLYMPIA – The next round of evening razor-clam digs is set to begin Saturday, Dec. 14, just in time to take home some clams for the winter holidays.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, noting that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon.
Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
- Dec. 14, Saturday, 4:45 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
- Dec. 15, Sunday, 5:26 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
- Dec. 16, Monday, 6:03 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
- Dec. 17, Tuesday, 6:38 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
- Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7:12 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
Ayres recommends that diggers bring a lantern for evening digs – and check the razor clam recipes on WDFW’s website (http://goo.gl/qoYDWE).
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 has also tentatively scheduled an additional razor clam dig in late December, which is still pending final approval. The department will announce a decision on that dig once marine toxin tests have determined clams on state beaches are safe to eat.
Here are the tentative dates announced so far:
- Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 pm; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
- Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
- Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks