Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.clam

Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Copalis Beach Clam Digging

Clam Digging Map

Clam digging scheduled at Copalis Beach in Ocean Shores, provided by the WashingtOceon Department of Fish & Wildlife. (WDFW).

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.

WDFW  typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Abundant Razor Clams Allow More Days for Digging!

State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled additional razor clam digs on Washington ocean beaches for dates in October, November, and December.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) divides the harvest areas into five major management zones.  Copalis Beach just to the north of Ocean Shores has 17 scheduled days from October 29 to December 28.  Mockrocks Beach, a further north, has 16 days scheduled.

Sometimes digs are canceled with little notice if toxins or other issues arise with the shellfish population.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

“Abundant razor clam populations on all beaches, except Kalaloch, are allowing for more digging opportunity this year,” said Ayres. “But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed.”

Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#beachmaps.

Be sure to double-check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife schedule before you make a special trip.

Razor clams are found primarily on the intertidal coastal beaches (those that are exposed at low tide) from a +3 foot level to a -2 foot tide level.

 Tentative Clam Digging Schedule 

Oct 26 Sat 5:59pm 0.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 27 Sun 6:47pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Oct 28 Mon 7:33pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 29 Tue 8:18pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Oct 30 Wed 9:03pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct 31 Thu 9:50pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 1 Fri 10:38pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 11 Mon 5:51pm 0.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 12 Tue 6:27pm -0.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 13 Wed 7:03pm -0.5 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 14 Thu 7:41pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 15 Fri 8:22pm -0.5 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 16 Sat 9:08pm -0.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 17 Sun 9:59pm -0.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 24 Sun 4:47pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 25 Mon 5:34pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 26 Tue 6:18pm -1.3 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 27 Wed 7:02pm -1.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 28 Thu 7:44pm -1.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Nov 29 Fri 8:29pm -0.7 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mockrocks
Nov 30 Sat 9:10pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 10 Tue 5:28pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 11 Wed 6:06pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 12 Thu 6:45pm -0.9 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 13 Fri 7:26pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 14 Sat 8:08pm -1.0 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 15 Sun 8:53pm -0.8 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 16 Mon 9:41pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 23 Mon 4:35pm -0.4 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 26 Thur 6:47pm -1.1 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 27 Fri 7:26pm -0.9 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec 28 Sat 8:05pm -0.6 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Dec 29 Sun 8:43pm -0.2 Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
 How many clams can you dig?

 

 

State law allows clam diggers to keep 15 clams. They must be the first 15 dug which means clammers may not throw back clams that are too small or that they cut through while digging. Each person’s clams must be kept in a separate container, this makes it easier for law enforcement to ensure each person is obeying the 15 clam limit.

Do you need a license to go clam digging?

Yes. Interested diggers can purchase licenses online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. If you need it sooner than 10 days you must go in-person to a licensing vendor. Ace Hardware is the only vendor inside Ocean Shores and tends to get very busy during clam digs. Clammers should try to buy a license before arriving. Find more license vendors here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.

Razor clam digging equipment.

Most importantly you will need something to dig with and something to store your clams in. Clam diggers also need to prepare for the weather which will probably be damp, cold, and windy.

More Dates Announced for Razor Clam Digging on Ocean Shores Beaches

More digging dates have been announced for March and April on Ocean Shores’ beaches.

It’s great news for guests of The Polynesian Resort, who can schedule stays while taking advantage of special spring room rates.clam-girl

Diggers should be aware that only one beach – either Mocrocks or Copalis – will be open each day of the upcoming dig.  No digging is allowed on open beaches before noon.  And, the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

WDFW also has tentatively scheduled a four-day dig on morning tides that alternates open days between Mocrocks and Copalis beginning March 30. Final approval of that dig depends on the results of an upcoming toxin test.

Tentative razor clam digs in March and April:

  • March 30, Thursday, 8:58 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 31, Friday, 9:47 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis
  • April 1, Saturday, 10:40 a.m., -0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 2, Sunday, 11:39 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis
  • April 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Copalis
  • April 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Copalis
  • April 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet; Copalis
  • April 29, Saturday; 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Copalis

Final approval of future digs will be confirmed by the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife.

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.

 

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;

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