As 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!