Long Beach opens Saturday for razor clams



LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging on Long Beach Peninsula will be open Saturday through Wednesday during some of the lowest tides so far this season.

“We’ve had some great digs so far this season, but this one could be truly exceptional,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “If the weather cooperates, most diggers should be able to get their limit in record time.”

Low tides during the five days are: Saturday, 4:28 p.m., -0.1 feet; Sunday, 5:13 p.m., -0.9 feet; Monday, 5:59 p.m., -1.4 feet; Tuesday, 6:44 p.m., -1.7 feet, and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. -1.7 feet.

Diggers are allowed 15 razor clams per day and must keep the first 15 dug. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Ayres said the best digging typicaly is one to two hours before low tide.

Diggers age 15 and older must have a 2013-14 fishing license. Licenses range from a three-day razor clam license ($8.60) to an annual combination fishing license ($54.25).

An annual razor clam license for state residents costs $13.