Outdoors blog 3/16

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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LONG BEACH — Four Washington beaches will be open for razor clam digging on March 24 and three on March 25.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said marine toxin tests confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open March 24. Low tide is +0.3 feet at 8:25 a.m. Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will be open March 25. Low tide is +0.3 feet at 8:59 a.m.

No digging is allowed after noon during spring seasons. Diggers can take 15 razor clams, but must keep the first 15 dug.

Each digger's clams must be in a separate container.

This will be the final dig where the 2011-12 license is valid. Washington's recreational licensing is on an April-to-March cycle.

Three more digs are scheduled, contingent on marine toxin tests.

Those digs are April 7, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Kalaloch (7:36 a.m. -1.2 feet); April 8, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Kalaloch (8:23 a.m., -1.5 feet) and April 9, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch (9:11 a.m., -1.5 feet).

BONNEVILLE DAM COUNT: The tally through Wednesday at Bonneville Dam is 14 adult spring chinook salmon. The 10-year cumulative average for March 14 is 553.

WALLEYE TALK: Guide Steve Leonard will discuss walleye fishing at the March 22 meeting of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave., Portland.