According to information released by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), the tentatively planned January razor clam opening at Kalaloch will proceed. The most recent round of marine toxin testing for this beach is now complete and the result on this beach is below the action level.
That means it’s time to return to the only WA State razor clam beach that is located within the Olympic National Forest. The beach has been closed for digging since 2012 due to low numbers of razor clams. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for true razor clam enthusiasts. WDFW has also suggested that more open digs at Kalaloch will follow through the rest of the season.
Dig dates and low tide times appear below.
· Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch
· Jan. 9, 2017, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch
Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 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.
More information about razor clamming, as well as a list of proposed digs, can be found on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.