Razor clam lovers will love this week on the Washington coast

Posted 8/1/22 at 5:22 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

(Washington Coast) – A new round of knife digging on the Washington Coast begins this week, with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirming that Jan. 14-20 will go as planned for the clam connoisseur. (photo courtesy of WDFW).

The last dig at the end of the year went well, said Dan Ayres, coastal shell manager at WDFW.

“Even though it was a bit chilly, the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s digs drew more than 15,000 diggers to the coast,” Ayres said. “Each digger brought home an average of 14.5 clams, with most learning that the daily limit has now dropped to 15 clams.”

WDFW reminds visitors to the Washington coast that the daily limit is again 15 knives. Each digger’s bounty must be kept in a separate container as per state law, and regardless of size or condition, the daily limit remains at 15 clams.

The Washington Department of Health tested for marine toxins and found no unsafe levels, allowing shell handlers to confirm the following digs at low tide in the evening:

January 14, Friday, 4:43 p.m. +0.4 feet; Long beach
January 15, Saturday, 5:22 p.m. +0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
January 16, Sunday, 5:59 p.m. -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
January 17, Monday, 6:34 p.m. -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
January 18, Tuesday, 7:08 p.m. -0.4 feet; Long Beach, twin ports
January 19, Wednesday, 7:41 p.m. -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Copalis
January 20, Thursday, 8:14 p.m. -0.2 feet; Long beach

Not all beaches are open with every dig, so diggers are encouraged to ensure their intended destination is open before setting out. Diggers should also continue to respect coastal communities and residents by following local and national health guidelines.

The most successful excavation takes place between one and two hours before the indicated time of low tide. The first part of the outgoing tides January 14-16 will occur just before sunset, a rarity during the winter season. No excavation is authorized before noon during excavations when the low tide takes place in the afternoon or in the evening.

Details on these digs and future digs are available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams.

All diggers 15 years of age or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest knives on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day knife license to an annual combined fishing license or a Fish Washington license, are available on the WDFW licensing website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/login, and from hundreds of license vendors across the state. WDFW recommends purchasing your permit before visiting coastal beach communities for this knife season.

To learn more about razor clam abundance, population densities at various beaches, and how the seasons are defined, visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#management.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable recreational and business opportunities for fish and wildlife.

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