MONTESANO – Don't pack up your clam gun just yet. Contrary to previous indications, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled one more weekday razor clam dig at Twin Harbor Beach before the spring season comes to a close.
The dig is scheduled for Friday, May 5 on the beach that stretches from Westport south through Grayland to North Cove. Digging will be allowed in the morning (a.m.) hours only.
As usual the dig is dependent on the results of marine toxin tests, which will be available early during the first week of May.
Doug Simons, WDFW razor clam project manager, said the spring clamming season was extended because there are still enough clams available under the harvest limit for one more weekday dig.
"The turnout was fairly small for our last opening on April 20, and we still have enough clams available for another weekday dig," Simons said. "We don't have enough available for a another weekend dig but – with the harvest limit as conservative as it is – we couldn't see why we shouldn't give people one more weekday to dig some razor clams."
Diggers must keep the first 15 razor clams harvested, regardless of size or condition, and each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container. Simons noted that many small clams are showing up on the beach this spring so diggers should look for the larger "shows" or holes in the sand which usually will produce a larger clam.
Simons also reminds diggers that they must have a 2000-2001 license and display it on their clothing while harvesting clams.
To dig clams on a non-commercial basis, an annual shellfish/seaweed license costs $7 for residents age 16 to 69. For seniors age 70 and older, the annual license costs $5, which is also the cost of a combination license required for residents and non-residents age 15. For non-residents age 16 and older, the annual license costs $20. A two-day license is also available for $6 that allows residents and non-residents to dig clams as well as go fishing in fresh or salt water during a 48-hour period.