The next evening razor clam dig will open Tuesday at Twin Harbors beach, then include openings three other beaches later next week.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests at all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed until after noon at any beaches.
The dig at Twin Harbors will run through Saturday. Long Beach will open Thursday, followed by Copalis and Mocrocks on Friday.
“If razor clams have a place on your Thanksgiving table, this is the time to get them,” Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager said in a prepared statement. “We have lots of clams available for harvest on all four beaches.”
Ayres recommends diggers carry a lantern or strong flashlight during night digs. In addition, diggers heading to Copalis and Mocrocks should be aware of a traffic revision on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to emergency work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.
“This is the only route to those beaches, so people should allow extra travel time to make sure they arrive on time,” Ayres said. He advises diggers to check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for more information at goo.gl/hzoM1.
Basic rules: Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
Licenses:All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 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 the agency’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
Next dig: The tentative schedule for the next dig is Nov. 26-28 at Twin Harbors, Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors and Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. The dig will proceed if tests done later this month show the clams are safe to eat.
Information: Learn about beach locations and additional digs proposed for December on the department’s razor clam website at goo.gl/ooxEO.
Low tide times
The best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide. Digging days and evening low tides for those beaches are:
Tuesday: 5:54 p.m., -1.6 feet, Twin Harbor
Wednesday: 6:41 p.m., -1.9 feet, Twin Harbors
Thursday: 7:29 p.m., -1.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Friday: 8:18 p.m., -1.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Saturday: 9:09 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks