If today’s windy, stormy weather has you rethinking hitting this evening’s Washington Coast razor clam dig, take note of a potential opener a little further down the line this season.
WDFW has added Kalaloch to its list of tentative January and February dates.
Six days worth of digging would occur at the Olympic National Park beach between the mouths of the Hoh and Queets Rivers from Jan. 19-21 and Feb. 16-18.
Those and 2019 digs at Copalis, Mocrocks and Twin Harbors still do need to get final green lights, but it will be the first time in two years that razor clam harvesting will be allowed at Kalaloch.
January 2017 saw a two-day opener before March digs were cancelled due to “low abundance.”
State shellfish manager Dan Ayres still isn’t sure what happened to all the clams that he and his crews found there during a 2016 assessment but were gone by that winter.
Still, during recent toxin testing at Kalaloch he found improved numbers.
“They’re not the biggest clams, but they’re in the 4-inch neighborhood, with some smaller,” says Ayres. “I think it’ll be OK. I hope I’m not wrong. Folks can go check it out.”
In the meanwhile, there’s a high wind warning at this evening’s open sands, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, through 4 p.m.
Ayres reports 28-foot swells offshore, with both highways to the beaches having been temporarily closed for trees over the roadway, and power out at WDFW’s Montesano office.
If you bail, there are still more openers through the weekend, including Long Beach on Saturday evening.
“It’s been a good season so far,” Ayres reports. “Nothing out of the usual. Clams are on the small side. Some are fine with that. Some expect big ones every time they go.”
He expects to be able to offer more dates, but here’s a look at January and February’s proposed openers and when low tide occurs, per WDFW:
- Jan. 2, Wednesday; 4:22 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
- Jan. 3, Thursday; 5:06 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
- Jan. 4, Friday; 5:46 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- Jan. 5, Saturday; 6:23 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
- Jan. 6, Sunday; 6:59 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- Jan. 17, Thursday; 3:39 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
- Jan. 18, Friday; 4:30 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
- Jan. 19, Saturday; 5:18 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Jan. 20, Sunday; 6:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch
- Jan. 21, Monday; 6:51 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch (Martin Luther King Holiday)
- Feb. 1, Friday; 4:48 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
- Feb. 2; Saturday; 5:28 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- Feb. 3, Sunday; 6:04 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
- Feb. 15, Friday; 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- Feb. 16, Saturday; 4:08 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch
- Feb. 17, Sunday; 4:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Feb. 18, Monday; 5:46 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch (Presidents’ Day Holiday)
- Feb. 19, Tuesday; 6:31 p.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors
- Feb. 20, Wednesday; 7:14 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors
- Feb. 21, Thursday; 7:56 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors