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Razor Clam Tides

The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:

  • March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.

Clam Gun or Shovel

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WDFW  wants razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question:

Which is better, clam gun or shovel? 

To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.

Proposed Clam Tides

Proposed razor clam digs for Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks include:  

  • March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival)
  • March 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
     
  • April 3, Friday, 3:41 pm, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 4, Saturday, 4:37 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 5, Sunday, 5:27 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 6, Monday, 6:12 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 7, Tuesday, 6:55 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed after noon for April digs -- listed below -- where low tide occurs in the morning.

  • April 8, Wednesday, 7:26 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 9, Thursday, 8:14 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 10, Friday, 9:01 am, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 11, Saturday, 9:50 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)
  • April 12, Sunday, 10:42 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 13, Monday, 11:39 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 22, Wednesday, 7:08 am, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 23, Thursday, 7:41 am, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 24, Friday, 8:15 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 25, Saturday, 8:49 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 26, Sunday, 9:26 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 27, Monday, 10:07 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 28, Tuesday, 10:54 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 29, Wednesday, 11:48 am, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

February 27, 2020
Contacts:
 Dan Ayres, 360-249-4628;
Jason Wettstein, 360-902-2254

WDFW approves six days of razor clam digging starting Friday, March 6

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can round up their shovels, clam guns and tubes for a six-day dig beginning March 6. 

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after recent marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:

  • March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.

"With abundant clams and smaller crowds, this time of year is great for digging enthusiasts," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "The sun is setting later as spring approaches and diggers who head out early often fill their bags before dark."

For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through April, please see our razor clam webpage.

WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. To see videos of WDFW's sustainable management work for razor clam seasons, visit our razor clam page.

WDFW is also asking razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.

Although weather conditions are beginning to improve, diggers should still be prepared for Pacific Northwest weather. "It always pays to be prepared for a variety of conditions when visiting our ocean beaches," said Ayres. "Warm layers, waterproof or moisture-wicking clothing and a good light source are supplies that are useful year-round."

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 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 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.

 

WDFW announces tentative razor clam digs through April
Abundance of clams means more digging opportunities this spring

OLYMPIA - State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates through April.

"We have lots of razor clams on area beaches this year, and we're releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to get out and enjoy them," said Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish manager.

Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

WDFW typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Ayres.

The tentative razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below.

Digging is not allowed before noon for the March and early April digs where low tide occurs in the evening.

  • March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival)
  • March 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
     
  • April 3, Friday, 3:41 pm, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 4, Saturday, 4:37 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 5, Sunday, 5:27 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 6, Monday, 6:12 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 7, Tuesday, 6:55 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed after noon for April digs -- listed below -- where low tide occurs in the morning.

  • April 8, Wednesday, 7:26 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 9, Thursday, 8:14 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 10, Friday, 9:01 am, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 11, Saturday, 9:50 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)
  • April 12, Sunday, 10:42 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 13, Monday, 11:39 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 22, Wednesday, 7:08 am, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 23, Thursday, 7:41 am, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 24, Friday, 8:15 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 25, Saturday, 8:49 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 26, Sunday, 9:26 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 27, Monday, 10:07 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • April 28, Tuesday, 10:54 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • April 29, Wednesday, 11:48 am, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.

Two razor clam digging weekends, in particular, should not be missed, said Ayres.  "The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival on March 21 and 22, and the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival on April 11 are long-running events that celebrate the unique contribution of razor clams to Washington's culture and coastal communities." 

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 (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from some 600 license vendors around the state.

Ayres reminds razor clam diggers, that anyone gathering clams in April will need a new 2020 license to participate.  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.

"Abundant razor clam populations on beaches are allowing for more digging opportunity this year," said Ayres. "But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed." Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#beachmaps.

WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies. 

WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

January 29, 2020
Contacts:
 Dan Ayres, 360-249-4628;
Jason Wettstein, 360-902-2254

WDFW approves a seven-day razor clam dig in first weeks of February

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of digging beginning Feb. 6.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:

  • February 6, Thursday, 4:40 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • February 7, Friday, 5:26 pm -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • February 8, Saturday, 6:09 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • February 9, Sunday, 6:51 pm -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • February 10, Monday, 7:32 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • February 11, Tuesday, 8:13 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • February 12, Wednesday, 8:55 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.

"Work to dodge the rain, and this should be a great dig," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "Razor clams do not like fresh water, so heavy rain can make them harder to find, but with a bit of patience and good timing it should still be possible to bag limits of clams given the healthy populations across the beaches."

For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through February, please see our razor clam webpage

Ayres said additional tentative razor clam digs for March and later will be announced in early February.

WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. To see videos of WDFW's sustainable management work for razor clam seasons, visit our razor clam page.

WDFW is also asking razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.

Additional safety considerations are important this time of year. "Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark," said Ayres. "Diggers can also start gathering clams an hour or two before the tide, which will allow folks to enjoy daylight for most of their time on the beach."

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 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.

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. 

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.

Razor Clams

Please remember to check with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for last minute changes to the razor clam digging , rules and regulations.

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Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

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Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Kalaloch Beachwhich extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. 

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