11 days of clamming, winter rates & sunshine, too!

Razor clam diggers can look forward to a five-day opening beginning this Friday, Jan. 27 at Copalis beach in Ocean Shores, overlapping with three days of digging at Mocrocks beach nearby.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides, detailed below.

Eleven days of clam digging is great news—especially when guests to The Polynesian can take advantage of special winter season rates now.

Guests who stay The Polynesian can take advantage of two specials through March 31, depending on dates of stay.   Stay 3 nights (including the weekend) and just pay for 2.  Or, Stay 2 nights for the price of 1 (Sunday-Thursday).  Just call to make your reservations.

It’s a great time for a relaxing visit to the majestic Washington coast.   More good news is in the weather forecast.  The sun is expected to make an extended appearance on Saturday with mild temps in the 50’s.  Friday, though partly cloudy, is expected to be dry.

Rain or shine, with huge apartment-style suites, a sparkling indoor pool and game room, there’s plenty to do.

See you at the Poly!

 Approved dates for clamming digging on Ocean Shores Beaches:t_map_beaches

Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis;

Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis;

Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks.

Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks;

Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks;

Clam Digging: Fill your Buckets for the New Year!

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Razor clam diggers can mark the year’s end with digs scheduled Dec. 30 and 31 at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches in Ocean Shores.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the two-day dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.

“Diggers can fill their buckets just in time for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Ayres, noting that digging is not allowed at any open beach before noon.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

  • Dec. 30, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 31, Saturday; 7:57 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

Book your room now for a stay at The Polynesian.   If you can’t make it for New Years, there are 19 additional dig dates scheduled now in January and February.  And, be sure to ask about seasonal specials with rates starting at $87 per night.

Proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches

 

Jan. 13, Friday 7:17 p.m. -1.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 14, Saturday 7:59 p.m. -1.0 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 15, Sunday 8:40 p.m. -0.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 27, Friday 6:26 p.m. -0.5 feet Copalis
Jan. 28, Saturday 7:01 p.m. -0.6 feet Copalis
Jan. 29, Sunday 7:37 p.m. -0.5 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 30, Monday 8:13 p.m. -0.3 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Tuesday 8:50 p.m. 0.2 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 7, Tuesday 3:53 p.m. -0.1 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 8, Wednesday 4:46 p.m. -0.6 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 9, Thursday 5:33 p.m. -0.9 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 10, Friday 6:16 p.m. -1.0 feet Mocrocks
Feb. 11, Saturday 6:57 p.m. -0.8 feet Mocrocks
Feb. 12, Sunday 7:34 p.m. -0.5 feet Mocrocks
Feb. 24, Friday 5:21 p.m. -0.1 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 25, Saturday 5:58 p.m. -0.3 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 26, Sunday 6:34 p.m. -0.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks

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.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 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.

 

 

Two days added to Copalis (Ocean Shores) Razor Clam Digging Season

State shellfish managers just announced two additional days of razor clam digging, for Monday and Tuesday,  April 25-26.

Lucky for guests of The Polynesian Resort, those dates fall during our 50% off room rate promotion.  Clam diggers are encouraged to make reservations early.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the department added the additional days of digging at Copalis, which were not originally included in the list of tentative digs previously announced by the agency.  He said, the dig was added after catch estimates indicated that there are still clams available for harvest to allow for two weekday openings at the beach.

Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach after noon.

  • April 25, Monday, 9:18 a.m.; -0.2 feet;  Copalis
  • April 26, Tuesday, 9:56 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 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.

It’s another great reason to visit The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores!

Clam digging a go, Thursday through Saturday!

Clam diggers get a thumbs up for three consecutive mornings at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, and a bit further north at Mocrops Beach.

The three-day dig was announced by Dan Ayers, the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

Ayers noted that diggers should be aware that the opening switches from evening (previously announced) to morning tides: 

  •  April 7, Thursday, 7:07 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • April 8, Friday, 7:54 a.m.; -1.1 feet, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • April 9, Saturday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

The agency approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.  More dates are expected to be announced for later in April.

The Polynesian is t pefect place to stay,  offering the only apartment-style lodging accommodations in Ocean Shores.  The affordable, fully- furnished suites provide plenty of room for clamsfamilies and small groups.

Razor Clam Festival this weekend; its clammin’ time!

Perfblog clamectly timed with this  weekend’s Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the opening at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for clam digging!

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following beaches, dates and low tides:

March 18, Friday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
March 19, Saturday, 5:07 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
March 20, Sunday, 5:50 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis

Concurrently, beachgoers can attend the 10th annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival, with plenty of fun-family events scheduled Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

The marquee happening at the festival is the clam chowder cooking competition. Local  restaurants compete for the title of “Best Clam Chowder on the Pacific Northwest Coast.” Amateur chefs compete for the title of best homemade clam chowder.  It’s a fun and spirited competition, that allows patrons to do plenty of sampling.

Additionally, the three-day festival will feature live music, other artisan foods,  an auction of decorated clam guns/shovels, cooking demonstrations, and for kids,  mechanical shark rides, face painting and even ponies to pet and ride.

The huge, heated pool, spa and sauna at The Polynesian is also a treat for families, too!

It’s a perfect kick off to spring on the coast!

Rooms are nearly sold out for this weekend,  but call ahead for later in March when the WDFW is expected to confirm additional clamming dates.

These dates should be  confirmed next week:

March 25, Friday, 8:31 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks
March 26, Saturday, 9:06 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Mocrocks
March 27, Sunday, 9:42 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks

Stay up to speed here:  http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

 

Feb 19-20 Clam Digging Set Ocean Shores

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State shellfish managers have proposed two days of razor clam digging in February at Copalis beach in Ocean Shores.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a dig on evening tides for Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, with final confirmation to be announced about a week earlier.

Specifically:

  • Feb. 19, Friday, 4:33 p.m.; 0.0 feet, Copalis
  • Feb. 20, Saturday, 5:17 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Copalis

The WDFW identifies Copalis Beach from the north jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor to the Copalis River.

Recreational digging for razor clams is truly a family sport. It can be enjoyed by children and senior citizens alike.  With its family-friendly, apartment-style accommodations, The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores is a favorite destination for clam diggers.

All you need to have some fun on the beach is a clam shovel or specialized tube, a bucket or container to put your clams in and most importantly, a clam license.   When low tides occur at night, you’ll benefit from a lantern or flash light, too.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.  Licenses can be purchased on line or at various retailers,  including the Ace Hardware in Ocean Shores.

Comprehensive information about razor clams, from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking, is available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

 

 

Clam Digging How-To Guide Available

 clams_shovelAs clam diggers wait for the final thumbs-up on the tentative razor clam dig scheduled for Dec 24-26 at Copalis Beach, it’s a great time for experienced and rookie shell fishermen to acquaint themselves with the regulations around this popular winter recreation.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) produces a comprehensive guide to Washington State shell fishing that you can download here.  It includes everything from how-to advice on digging and cooking to updates on dig dates.

For example, 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 may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

At this point, the tentative dig dates are:

  • Dec. 24, Thursday, 5:47 p.m.; -1.2 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 25, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; -1.3 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 26, Saturday, 7:12 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Copalis

Book your holiday stays today at The Polynesian in Ocean Shores and be sure to pack a shovel!

 

 

 

Razor clam digging OK’d for May 2-3

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Copalis Beach, also known as Ocean Shores.

 

Olympia  – Clam diggers got a green light to proceed with a two-day razor clam dig starting May 2 at Copalis and Mocrocks Beaches, in Ocean Shores.

The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores has long been a favorite of retreat for fans of razor clam digging.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

  • May 2, Saturday; 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet;  Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)
  • May 3, Sunday; 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Mocrocks (Ocean Shores)

WDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 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.go and from license vendors around the state.

During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.

The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”

To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.

Tentative upcoming digs

Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates.

  • May 7, Thursday; 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet;
  • May 8, Friday; 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet;
  • May 9, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet;
  • May 10, Sunday; 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; ,
  • May 15, Friday; 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet;
  • May 16, Saturday; 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet;
  • May 17, Sunday; 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; ,
  • May 22, Friday; 10:18 a.m., -0.8 feet;
  • May 23, Saturday; 11:03 a.m., -0.2 feet;
  • May 24, Sunday; 11:51 a.m., 0.3 feet;

 

Clamming Ocean Shores, or Copalis Beach

Clam digging in  Ocean Shores, WA