Outdoors

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Razor clams

Current dig continues with next one planned

While the second dig of the razor clam season continues through Thursday, the next dig is tentatively scheduled to start Nov. 4.

The current dig days and evening low tides times are:

Sunday (Oct. 26): 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Monday: 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Tuesday: 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

The best digging typically takes place one to two hours before low tide.

The dates for the next dig, which will proceed if marine toxin tests show clams are safe to eat, are:

Nov. 4: 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Nov. 5: 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Nov. 6: 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Nov. 7: 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Nov. 8: 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis.

Nov. 9: 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Nov. 10: 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Nov. 11: 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig under state law. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Also, all diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing.

Wildlife

State updates draft management plan

A revised version of the draft 2015-21 Game Management Plan is now available for public comment.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will consider comments on the revised plan received through Nov. 17, before presenting a final plan to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The plan, available at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/

game, is intended to guide the state’s game-management policy over the next six years.

Dave Ware, the agency’s game manager, said the revised plan includes a number of changes proposed by the public during the initial 30-day comment period and during a public hearing held Aug. 8 by the commission. Key issues addressed by those changes include predator/prey relationships, deer and elk predation, and wolf, cougar and bear management, he said.

The changes were significant enough that the department wanted to give the public another chance to comment before it is sent to the commission, Ware said. The commission is scheduled to consider adoption of the plan in December.

Fishing

Speaker to help anglers understand electronics

Making better use of your fishing electronics will be the topic of the program during the Nov. 6 meeting of the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

Forrest Gill is a longtime member of the group, and has vast experience deciphering readouts from fishing electronics. Gill will help participants understand how a sounder works and how to interpret the image it provides for finding salmon, bottom fish and crab.

The meeting will take place at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The group’s general meeting starts at 7 p.m., with the program starting at 8 p.m.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information on the chapter, go to sschapterpsa.com.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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