“For that reason, diggers should continually check our website before digging to confirm that beaches remain open as we continue to closely test and monitor the situation.”
The following digs during evening (p.m.) low tides will proceed as scheduled, after marine toxin results from the WDOH showed razor clams are safe to eat:
Sept. 29, Friday; 7:18 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Sept. 30, Saturday; 8:04 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct. 1, Sunday, 8:49 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Oct. 2, Monday, 9:36 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide.
The daily limit is 15 clams per person on the beaches that are open. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 15 clams they dig, regardless of size or condition.
“It’s important that diggers keep the clams they dig to prevent wastage,” Blumenthal said. “It’s not unusual to encounter some small clams, especially this early in the season.”
This time of the year the beaches are still built up with soft and deep sand, so driving can be a challenge especially on and off the beach approaches. There are plenty of places in which diggers can park and walk onto the beach and dig, but keep in mind that parking on the sand and gravel beach approaches is not allowed and causes traffic problems.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses can be purchased from WDFW’s licensing website, and from hundreds of license vendors around the state. WDFW recommends buying your license before visiting coastal beach communities.