In a press release found here, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers confirmed three days of razor clam digging at Copalis Beach beginning Saturday, January 21, followed by additional opportunities on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25.
The confirmed digs come on short notice after the 2022-2023 razor clam season has been held up by high levels of domoic acid in the clams making them unsafe to eat. The levels have dropped at Copalis Beach, prompting the opening.
The Washington Department of Health (WDOH) labs indicate domoic acid levels at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks beaches were still above the health guideline levels.
Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW shellfish staff will continue to regularly dig test samples of razor clams to monitor the situation. The WDOH requires two test samples taken 10 days apart, must fall under the health guideline level before a beach can reopen for razor clam digging.
Be sure to get your official Razor Clam Society T-shirt while supplies last.
Be sure to check out the Razor Clam Society Beach Map to know where and when to dig.
Approved Dig Dates, Tide Times, and Beach Locations Appear Below.
Digging is allowed during the evening low tide only:
- Jan. 21, Saturday, 6:23 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Copalis only
- Jan. 23, Monday, 7:52 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Copalis only
- Jan. 25, Wednesday, 9:16 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Copalis only
2022-2023 recreational hunting and fishing licenses are required as of April 1.
The DAILY LIMIT per person is 15 clams, no matter what condition they are in, once removed from the sand, the clams must be kept. Digging is prohibited in the razor clam reserve located just south of the Ocean City approach on Copalis, which are marked by 10-foot poles with signs. Always check with official sources if you have any questions. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. And, each digger must keep their razor clams in a separate container. Don’t mix your clams. 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.