Razor Clam Digs Are Back
Razor Clam Digs Are Back

Razor Clam Digs Are Back

*All digs dependent on marine toxin test results*
Razor clam lovers can keep harvesting their favorite Pacific Northwest cuisine into February now that digs on Jan. 29-Feb. 3 have been approved, with results of marine toxin tests showing clams at all open beaches are safe for human consumption.Shellfish managers with WDFW have announced tentative dates for razor clam digs at beaches along the Washington coast running through February. Final approval of tentatively scheduled openings depends on results of marine toxin tests.

“We have had some really good digging opportunity to start the new year and are excited to be able to finish out January on some really good minus tides,” said Zach Forster, a WDFW coastal shellfish biologist.The daily limit has returned to the usual 15 razor clams to help prevent exceeding quotas set before the season.Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 15 clams they dig. For tips on cleaning, preserving, and cooking your limit of razor clams, check out our latest video demonstrating the process

The early part of the outgoing low tides on Jan. 29-30 will occur just before sunset, a rare treat during the winter season. Diggers should be sure to check the digging schedule carefully before they head out to ensure they are harvesting on an open beach. Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps and descriptions of the beaches listed in the schedule, and a wealth of other razor clamming information, on WDFW’s razor clam webpages.
Below are the approved and tentative dates for razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches. Most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide. All dates are tentative pending final marine toxin testing, which usually occurs about a week or less prior to each set of openings.  

APPROVED DATES:P.M. TIDES ONLY: Jan. 29, Saturday, 4:30 P.M.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksJan. 30, Sunday, 5:21 P.M.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, CopalisJan. 31, Monday, 6:08 P.M.; -1.5 feet; Long BeachFeb. 1, Tuesday, 6:52 P.M.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisFeb. 2, Wednesday, 7:34 P.M.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksFeb. 3, Thursday, 8:13 P.M.; -0.7 feet; Copalis  

TENTATIVE DATES, PENDING TESTS:P.M. TIDES ONLY: Feb. 14, Monday, 5:35 P.M.; 0.0 feet; Long BeachFeb. 15, Tuesday, 6:09 P.M.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, MocrocksFeb. 16, Wednesday, 6:42 P.M.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, CopalisFeb. 17, Thursday, 7:14 P.M.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsFeb. 18, Friday, 7:45 P.M.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis Feb. 26, Saturday, 3:18 P.M.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisFeb. 27, Sunday, 4:16 P.M.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, MocrocksFeb. 28, Monday, 5:06 P.M.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach 

Don’t forget! No digging is allowed before noon during digs when low tide occurs in the afternoon or evening. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license or Fish Washington license, are available from WDFW’s licensing website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/login and from hundreds of license vendors around the state. WDFW recommends buying your license before visiting coastal beach communities for this razor clam season.

Credit Reference: https://wdfw.wa.gov/

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