Seven days of razor clam digging has been approved starting Tuesday, October 19.
The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife approved digging from October 19 through October 25, 2021 after toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat.
“As we move into these evening tides it is generally darker and colder with the onset of fall and winter weather,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager with WDFW. “We want to remind diggers to come prepared with good lights and proper protective clothing. Diggers should also be sure to check the digging schedule carefully before they head out to ensure they are harvesting on an open beach.”
Long Beach and Twin Harbors will once again be open each day of the upcoming dig, with Copalis and Mocrocks will open on alternating days.
Specific low tides for openers (digging allowed from 12: 00 P.M. (noon) through 11:59 P.M.):
All digs through the end of 2021 are scheduled to have increased limits, with each licensed digger allowed to keep 20 clams instead of the usual 15. This change comes after toxins eliminated much of the prior season and increased populations along the coast.
Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 20 clams they dig.
WDFW has also tentatively scheduled dozens of additional digging dates in 2021.
Details of those dates can be found at https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/wdfw-announces-62-days-tentative-razor-clam-digs-2021.
All tentative dates are dependent on final marine toxin testing, which usually occurs about a week or less prior to each set of openings.
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, are available from WDFW’s licensing website at https://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.
More information can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams.
To learn more about razor clam abundance, population densities at various beaches, and how seasons are set, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#management.