Twin Harbors beach will be the only beach open for the last razor clam dig of the season. Digging will be allowed May 5-7 if marine toxin tests show the clams there are safe to eat.
The four other coastal beaches will be closeduntil a new season is announced in fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“Twin Harbors is the only beach with razor clams still available for harvest after the two openings in April,” Ayres said in a news release. “Assuming the marine toxin tests are favorable, this will be the last chance to dig fresh razor clams until fall.”
Twin Harbors beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The dig will take place on morning tides; no digging will be allowed after noon.
The morning low tides will be as follows:
May 5: 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet
May 6: 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet
May 7: 8:07 a.m., -2.3 feet
For best results, Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide.
“With digging restricted to one beach, I’d recommend arriving early and getting your clams before it gets too crowded,” he said in the release. “That may leave time to go fishing for spring chinook salmon on the Chehalis River or catch some shrimp in Puget Sound.”
Under state law, diggers 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.
Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening, since all 2011-12 licenses expired March 31. The exception is young people under age 15, who may fish for free.
Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on the department’s website and from license vendors around the state.