Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 11, 2005

Razor clam dig starts Saturday on coast

Action: Open Razor clam season

Effective dates: Digging is allowed from 12:01 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. only Saturday, Oct. 15, all beaches Sunday, Oct. 16, all beaches Monday, Oct. 17, all beaches Tuesday, Oct. 18, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks only

Species affected: Razor clams

Location: Locations of the five beaches that will open to razor-clam digging Saturday, Oct. 15 are: Long Beach, from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. Twin Harbors, from the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor south to the mouth of Willapa Bay. Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River and includes the Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas. Mocrocks Beach, from the Copalis River to the Moclips River. Kalaloch Beach, from South Beach Campground to Browns Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in Olympic National Park. Visitors to the park are advised to consult area bulletin boards for park safety and other information.

Reasons for action: Marine toxins tests found that clams on these beaches are safe to eat.

Other information: Diggers must carry a valid 2005-06 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening. Harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each diggers limit must be kept in a separate container.

Information contact: Dan Ayres, WDFW (360) 249-4628

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.