Thanks to healthy clam populations, the 2013-14 razor clam season get off to an early start with a dig at Twin Harbors beach Thursday through Sept. 23.
While the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is still developing the fall schedule, there was no reason to delay approving the dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. The season typically opens in mid to late October.
Twin Harbors beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Digging will be allowed between noon and midnight, but the best digging is one to two hours before the low tide.
The low tides will be: Thursday, 7:13 p.m., -0.3 feet; Friday, 7:57 p.m., -0.5 feet; Sept. 21, 8:39 p.m., -0.5 feet; Sept. 22, 9:21 p.m., -0.3 feet; and Sept. 23, 10:04 p.m., 0 feet.
Diggers may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.
Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors.