The five guys who tried to clean out a Columbia Basin trout lake before it opened have nothing on the three people caught with more than five times their limit of clams at a South Sound beach.
WDFW reports that the trio were spotted by an officer working near Penrose Point State Park, on the Key Peninsula between Gig Harbor and Olympia.
While two dug, the third shuttled loads of clams back to a vehicle, the agency states.
After the officer confronted the trio, they at first refused to turn over the clams they’d allegedly secreted away in the trunk.
But not unlike a clam shell, eventually it was pried open, and what a stash it held.
“After collecting all of the clams, the officer determined they had nearly 700 clams,” WDFW reports.
The daily limit is 40 bay clams (not counting horse or razor clams).
The agency says that the three were cited for overlimits in the first degree and failure to submit, and that all the clams were seized.
The story comes from the report Director Jim Unsworth will deliver to the Fish and Wildlife Commission at the beginning of the meetings this Friday and Saturday.
In other game warden news, it also includes details on an investigation into hydraulic permit violations at Palmer Lake, the seizure of 640 pounds of undersized Dungeness from a pair of coastal crabbing vessels — 13 percent of the landing in one case — 119 pounds of uncertified clams seized from live tanks of a Seattle grocery store (and many of which were said to be dead), boneheads mudding on state wildlife areas (and one flipping their Jeep), and the collection of 50 derelict crab pots, the majority of which were tribal by markings, in the San Juans.