Billed as the last chance to gather razor clams for Thanksgiving, a five-day dig has been green-lighted to start Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Opening for a 15-razor clam per day harvest is Twin Harbors, the stretch of beach between Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, all five days. Long Beach, the ocean front from the mouth of Columbia River north to Willapa Bay is slated for digging the last three days of this opening, while Copalis and Mocrocks beaches north of Grays Harbor will be open the final two evenings.
NEW REGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Changes to the fishing regulations for 2013 are up for comment at this time and there are among the 70 proposed alterations a number likely to spark debate.
Several agency recommendations would loosen the stops governing the taking of warmwater species such as bass, walleye and catfish in selected waters to reduce their numbers and thus their pressure on native federally listed steelhead and salmon as well as some other coldwater fishes.
For more details about the razor clam dig and proposed regulation changes for next year plus more fishing and hunting news, read the Outdoors Column in the Sunday Herald.
Doug Huddle, the Bellingham Herald's outdoors correspondent, since 1983, has written a weekly fishing and hunting column that now appears Sundays. Read his blog and contact him at http//pblogs.bellinghamherald.com/outdoor.