Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Coastal Razor Clams

  • Wed May 2nd, 2012 11:52pm
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By Wayne Kruse Special to The Herald

The last razor clam dig of the winter/spring season has been approved for Saturday, Sunday and Monday at one coastal beach only — Twin Harbors — according to state Fish and Wildlife Department clam manager Dan Ayres in Montesano. Digging will then be closed on all beaches until the fall schedules are released.

These are very good tides, Ayes said. Add in the fact only one beach will be open and that it’s the final dig of the season, and there likely will be a crowd.

“This will be a crack-of-dawn operation,” he said. “I would advise people to get there as early as possible because a crowd tends to put the clams down.”

Twin Harbors runs from Westport south through Grayland to Willapa Bay. Ayres said the south portion of the beach has perhaps seen the best digging this season, but that tides this low should provide ample opportunity north to south, assuming weather and surf conditions are decent.

Diggers should avoid signed upland beach areas protecting nesting western snowy plovers, running from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

Tides are as follows: Saturday, minus 1.5 feet at 6:32 a.m.; Sunday, minus 2.1 feet at 7:19 a.m.; and Monday, minus 2.3 feet at 8:07 a.m.