Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:
Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)
February 25, 2015
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628
OLYMPIA - Clam diggers can return to two coastal beaches Monday (March 2) through Thursday (March 5) to dig razor clams during a month packed with potential digging opportunities.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
As in previous openings, the dig is scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.
The four-day dig is scheduled for the following dates, beaches and low tides:
- March 2, Monday, 4:49 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
WDFW shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled a nine-day dig beginning March 16. Low tides will switch to morning from evening tides midway through the proposed dig on the following dates, beaches and tides:
- March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 19, Thursday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Seasonal switch to morning tides
- March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
- March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
- March 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- March 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license 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.
WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.
The Washington Department of Health (DOH) monitors shellfish for a variety of contaminants, including biotoxins, pollution, and radiation. For more information on shellfish safety, visit DOH's recreational shellfish webpage.