An eight-day razor clam dig has been approved for Feb. 15-22, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.
“We’re expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents Day weekend,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach.”
The best digging is typically an hour or two before low tide. No digging is allowed before noon.
Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open Feb. 15-22; Mockrocks will be open Feb. 20-22.
Low tides are 3:47 p.m. on Feb. 15, 4:37 on Feb. 16, 5:24 on Feb. 17, 6:08 on Feb. 18, 7:33 on Feb. 20, 8:16 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 9 on Feb. 22.
State law requires diggers to have a fishing license and keep the first 15 clams they dig.
The next digs are proposed for March 2-5 and March 16-24.
For the best chance try using flasher and spoon or hoochie at a depth of 120-140 feet between Owen Beach and the clay banks.
Anglers are still catching squid.
David Reep of Mount Vernon won the $10,000 first prize with a 22.3-pound fish. Michael Surdyk of Bellingham was third with a 19.6-pound fish ($3,000) and was on the top boat. The boat, based in Snohomish, also included Larry Surdyk and Jason Henning caught five fish weighing a combined 64.3 pounds. The top boat price was $2,000.