How about some clams to complement your roasted turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s next razor clam dig begins Thursday and runs through Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Eve.
Digging days, evening tides and open beaches:
Nov. 20: 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.
Nov. 21: 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.
Nov. 22: 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis.
Nov. 23: 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.
Nov. 24: 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.
Nov. 25: 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.
Nov. 26: 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that they must keep the first 15 clams they dig under state law. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
The best results typically occur one to two hours before low tide, Ayres said. Digging is not allowed before noon.
For information on how to dig and clean razor clams — and for razor clam recipes — go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/ shellfish/razorclams.
The next proposed dig is tentatively set to begin Dec. 3.
Cowlitz: Boat anglers last week averaged an adult coho per rod, while roughly 2 of 3 bank anglers had caught a fish. Though fish are still being caught in the lower river, the barrier dam area has produced the best results for coho. Some winter run steelhead and searun cutthroats are being caught, mainly around the trout hatchery.
Last week at the salmon hatchery separator, Tacoma Power recovered 37 summer steelhead, two winter steelhead, 62 fall chinook, two chinook jacks, 9,096 adult coho, 189 coho jacks, and 52 sea-run cutthroat trout.
Tilton: Last week, Tacoma Power released 30 fall chinook adults, two coho jacks, 1,574 coho adults, 45 jacks, seven cutthroat trout and one winter-run steelhead at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Kalama: Effort and catch remains light from the Modrow Bridge downstream.
Lewis: Bank and boat anglers on the mainstem Lewis are catching some coho. Boat anglers on the North Fork Lewis area also are catching some fall chinook.
American: Cold weather has kept many people off the lake. There’s been some success for trout and yellow perch.
Scanewa: Last week, Tacoma Power released 2,191 coho adults and 42 jacks into the lake.
Offut: Pressure has been light off the dock but the success rate is good, according to staff at Offut Lake Resort. WDFW reports that about 2,000 rainbows averaging 1 pound have been planted in the past three weeks.
Harts: The lake near McKenna has been planted with about 1,000 rainbows averaging 1 pound in the past three weeks.
South Sound: Staffers at the Point Defiance Boathouse Marina reported Tuesday that calming winds led to a few more anglers venturing out onto the water recently and that those anglers had some success with blackmouth. Most fish were in the 5- to 6-pound range, with a few larger ones reported.