State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs for 12 days starting March 16 and extending into late April. That would include digging for the Razor Clam Festival in Ocean Shores the weekend of March 16.
Final approval of all scheduled openings at Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach, Kalaloch and Twin Harbors beaches will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.
Ayres noted the first three digs in March are on evening low tides, while those that follow are on morning low tides.
The proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches:
March 16, Saturday, 3:43 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis (during the Razor Clam Festival).
March 17, Sunday, 4:43 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors (during the Razor Clam Festival), Mocrocks.
March 21, Thursday, 7:48 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks.
Switch to a.m. tides.
March 22, Friday, 8:14 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch.
March 23, Saturday, 9:01 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch.
March 24, Sunday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 6, Saturday, 8:05 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors.
April 7, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
April 8, Monday, 9:20 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Mocrocks
April 20, Saturday, 7:58 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach (during the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival), Twin Harbors, Copalis;
April 21, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
April 22, Monday, 9:25 a.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors Mocrocks
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. New 2019-20 fishing licenses will be required for dates in April.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) 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.
In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from the annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.