Four days of razor clam digs have been approved starting Thursday, Feb. 20, state shellfish managers for the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday.
“Diggers who brave the elements are being rewarded with quiet beaches and abundant clams,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. “Spring is on the horizon, but late winter can be a great time to avoid the crowds and take advantage of ongoing razor clam opportunities along the Washington coast.”
The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:
Feb. 20, Thursday, 4:54 pm 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Feb. 21, Friday, 5:35 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Feb. 22, Saturday, 6:11 pm -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Feb. 23, Sunday, 6:44 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
No digging is allowed before noon when low tide occurs in the evening.
Diggers should be aware that state Department of Health has closed a small section of Mocrocks Beach due to a nearby sewage spill. This area will remain closed until the end of February and will not be open during the approved razor clam digs starting Feb. 20. Diggers can still access Mocrocks Beach north and south of the 1,500 ft. shoreline closure.
Find a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through April online at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.