The fall’s first razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled for the middle of October, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week.
The dig will begin Oct. 13 at four ocean beaches if marine toxin tests show clams are safe to eat. The WDFW will confirm the dig about a week before the start, said coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres.
The proposed dates: Oct. 13 (low tide is at 5:41 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (6:26) at Long Beach Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Oct. 15 (7:11) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Oct. 16 (7:57), Oct. 17 (8:44) and Oct. 18 (9:34) at Twin Harbors.
“Low tides will occur relatively late in the day, so diggers need be prepared for darkness during evening digs in the fall,” Ayres said in a prepared statement.
All diggers 15 and older must had a 2012-13 fishing license to harvest clams. Licenses are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. Diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and must take the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
The department is accepting comments on future digs at wdfw.wa.gov through Oct. 9.