Razor clam digging is coming to Pacific County to coincide with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival.
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife have announced that diggers can return to Long Beach and 3 other beaches during a three-day opening beginning Saturday, April 20 and extending through Earth Day on April 22.
State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on morning low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
In what may be the final dig of the season at Long Beach and Copalis beaches, morning digs will occur in both Grays Harbor and Pacific County.
The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and low tides:
Once again, WDFW is asking any diggers or beachgoers to avoid nesting snowy plovers.
Ayres recommends people avoid leaving leftover food or trash on the beach–which attracts predators–avoid the dunes as much as possible, and heed the 25-mile per hour speed limit if driving on the beach.
Diggers should hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach; 2018-19 licenses are no longer valid for this dig. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) 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.
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.
Ayres noted that based on the remaining number of clams to harvest, this is very likely the last razor clam dig of the season at Long Beach and Copalis beaches.
WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.