The fall razor clam season is underway at Twin Harbors beach and runs through Monday on evening low tides.
The full fall schedule is still in development, but Coastal Shellfish Manager Dan Ayres said fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors.
Digging will be allowed on the beach, extending from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the South Jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor, from noon to midnight today through Sunday. Ayres recommends arriving one to two hours before the evening low tide for the best results.
Low tides for the upcoming dig:
Saturday: 8:39 p.m., -0.5 feet
Sunday: 9:21 p.m., -0.3 feet
Monday: 10:04 p.m., 0.0 feet
Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each diggers clams must be kept in a separate container.
To participate, diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.
Ayres said the department will announce a digging schedule for all state razor clam beaches in the next few weeks after the public has had a chance to comment on the departments annual stock assessment and plans for the upcoming season. That report is posted on Fish & Wildlifes website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasonsset.html.
Written comments can be submitted to email@example.com through Sept. 30.