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WDFW approves razor clam digs beginning April 19

By Columbian news services
Published: April 18, 2023, 3:10pm

OLYMPIA — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers today confirmed the next round of coastal razor clam digging can proceed as planned from April 19-25.

“Despite difficult weather during the last tide series, there were still lots of diggers and plenty of 20 clam limits,” said Bryce Blumenthal, a WDFW coastal shellfish biologist. “This upcoming week’s forecast is looking better, which should result in larger crowds and many more full bags.”

On all open beaches — Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, and Copalis — the daily limit from April 19 through May 14 is 20 razor clams instead of the usual 15. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 20 clams they dig, regardless of size or condition.

Not all beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out. The most successful digging occurs within two hours before the listed time of low tide.

Digging is allowed from midnight until noon only on April 19-25.

The following digs during morning (a.m.) low tides will proceed as scheduled:

April 19, Wednesday, 6:44 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

April 20, Thursday, 7:28 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

April 21, Friday, 8:09 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

April 22, Saturday, 8:50 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

April 23, Sunday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

April 24, Monday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

April 25, Tuesday, 11:01 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

To participate, razor clam diggers must purchase their new 2023-2024 recreational fishing or shellfishing licenses, available from hundreds of license vendors around the state. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.

To be notified of in-season rule changes as they are announced sign up for email notifications at wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.

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