Washington Fishing – Razor Clam Digging Starting Nov. 4th

Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Tuesday, Nov. 4, to dig razor clams during the first of two planned openings in November.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the latest round of evening digs after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

“With daylight saving time ending Sunday, diggers will have even less daylight to dig by and should bring lanterns or headlamps,” Ayres said.

Digging days and evening low tides during the upcoming opening are:

Nov. 4, Tuesday; 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 5, Wednesday; 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 6, Thursday; 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 7, Friday; 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Nov. 8, Saturday; 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Nov. 9, Sunday; 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Nov. 10, Monday; 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 11, Tuesday; 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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. A WDFW video, which demonstrates how to teach your kids to harvest razor clams, is available at http://youtu.be/gl9p_PparVk .

Ayres suggested that diggers also should check the forecast before heading out to the beaches.

“Clamming has been good when the weather hasn’t chased diggers away,” he said.

WDFW also has proposed another dig in November, tentatively set to begin Nov. 20 if marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

Nov. 20, Thursday; 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 21, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Nov. 22, Saturday; 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Nov. 23, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Nov. 24, Monday; 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 25, Tuesday; 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 26, Wednesday; 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Comprehensive information about razor clams – from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking – is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

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