According to a press release from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), razor clam digs have been approved beginning April 12 through April 16.
The upcoming digs have approved on the following beaches, dates and low tides.
April 12, Wednesday, 8:08 a.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach
April 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m., 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
April 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m., 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach
April 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m., 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
Be Aware: All digs are morning tides.
New Annual Shellfish Licenses Are Required Beginning April 1.
Additional information on how testing for shellfish safety occurs, and why it is needed, can be found on the Department of Health Shellfish Program website.
Also, be sure to check out the Razor Clam Society beach map located here.
And, as per state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams 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 from license vendors around the state and WDFW’s licensing customer service number at (360) 902-2464.
WDFW is also urging clam diggers to: avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand on the southern section of Twin Harbors beach and at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”
To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.