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Razor Clam Digging Reopens Feb 15

Washington’s coastal beach communities will once again welcome thousands of eager visitors as yet another long Razor Clam dig has been announced. Extreme low tides and an abundance of those quick footed clams should bring plenty of limits for those willing to hit the beach. Low tides are early enough the first couple days to offer plenty enough daylight to make gathering the 15 Razor Clam limit an easy task. Be prepared to start digging a couple hours before low tide, make sure to keep your limits in separate containers, and have your shellfish license on you. Spring digs are my favorite, and with our unseasonally mild winter, hopefully everyone will get to enjoy a great week of clamming!

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As always, consult the fishing regulations before you hit the beach. Here’s the Official WDFW Razor Clam Dig Announcement.

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Early November Razor Clam Digs

All of you eager diggers will be happy to read that we’ve got a full week of Razor Clam opportunity on the Washington Coast coming up! Digging will be wide open during the first week of November. With evening clam tides, break out the headlights and lanterns for easy limits. October 2013 Razor Clam digs were exceptionally good with easy limits for nearly every single person who participated, regardless of experience.

Please also check out the Official WDFW News Release for details and the WDFW Razor Clam Page for additional information and regulations.

Digging Razor Clams at night requires a little more preparation, and the November dates will be a little more chilly, gear up and dress warm! Good luck out there everyone!

Friday November 1

Open Beaches: Twin Harbors & Mocrocks.

Low Tide is 0.1 feet at 5:52 pm

Saturday November 2

Open Beaches: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, & Mocrocks.

Low Tide is -0.6 feet at 6:36 pm

Sunday November 3

Open Beaches: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, & Mocrocks.

Low Tide is -1.1 feet at 6:16 pm

Monday November 4

Open Beaches: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, & Mocrocks.

Low Tide is -1.3 feet at 6:59 pm

Tuesday November 5

Open Beaches: Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Low Tide is -1.3 feet at 7:45 pm

Wednesday November 6

Open Beaches: Twin Harbors.

Low Tide is -1.2 feet at 8:33 pm

Thursday November 7

Open Beaches: Twin Harbors.

Low Tide is -1.2 feet at 9:24 pm

Friday November 8

Open Beaches: Twin Harbors.

Low Tide is 0.3 feet at 10:19 pm

Razor Clam Digging Tips

  • Clam digging not allowed before noon during each open day.
  • Daily limit is the first 15 Razor Clams dug.
  • All clams dug are considered part of your limit, you may not return any small or broken shell clams back to the water.
  • Each person’s limit must be kept in a separate container.
  • Washington Combo Fishing License, Shellfish License or Razor Clam License is required for all participants 15 years or older.
  • Arrive at beach 2 hours before low tide.
  • Bring a propane lantern and a headlamp for night digs.
  • Dress warm during winter Razor Clam digs.
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Washington Razor Clam Digs October 2013

Washington’s Pacific Beaches are about to reopen for another exciting and rewarding Razor Clam dig! An earlier October dig proved to be a great success for hordes of Northwest clam diggers and this upcoming dig offers a chance to get back out to the Coast and score limits for the entire family.

Digging on Washington’s best Razor Clam beaches starts at noon each day, but remember that the closer to low tide the more productive digging gets. So plan to be out on the beach at least 1 to 2 hours before the low tide.

Thursday October 17

Open Beaches are Twin Harbors.
Low Tide is -0.2 feet at 6:15 pm

Friday October 18

Open Beaches are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.
Low Tide is -0.6 feet at 6:57 pm

Saturday October 19

Open Beaches are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.
Low Tide is -0.7 feet at 7:38 pm

Sunday October 20

Open Beaches are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.
Low Tide is -0.7 feet at 8:16 pm

Monday October 21

Open Beaches are Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.
Low Tide is -0.4 feet at 8:55 pm

Tuesday October 22

Open Beaches are Twin Harbors.
Low Tide is -0.1 feet at 9:34 pm

Please consult the Official News Release and the WDFW Razor Clam Page for more information.

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Northwest Razor Clam Chowder

This is my Northwest Clam Chowder.

Clam Chowder is one of those dishes that defines the Pacific Northwest.

While our chowders are similar to New England Clam Chowder, we goofy Northwesterners are too independent to just follow that status quo.

So grab a shovel & a pair of hip-waders, dig up some local clams (Razor Clams, Horse, Geoduck, Cockles or Steamers) and swing by your farmers market on the way back to the kitchen!

We are so blessed to live in an area so rich with great quality foods, both wild and locally grown. While there are many recipes for chowder, I believe that the beauty of Chowder is that as long as the chef uses the few key ingredients, it is really versatile. No longer do I follow a recipe book when making Clam Chowder, but I do always use a few staples and it always turns out amazing! For the true Pacific Northwest foodies, challenge yourself to only add locally sourced ingredients. Onion? Go for a Walla Walla Sweet. Carrots? Pick some up at your local farmers market. Clams? Find your local beach that is open for shellfish harvest and grab a shovel! I am challenging you to step away from the supermarket and truly explore your local options!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Razor Clams
  • Potatoes (diced)
  • Carrots (shredded)
  • Celery (chopped)
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onion (finely chopped)
  • Bacon (2-3 slices chopped)
  • Butter (1tbsp)
  • Chicken Broth (About 1 Qt)
  • Half & Half (About 1 Qt)
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Bay Leaf

Directions

In a large soup pot cook Bacon over medium heat, when the bacon is cooked remove from pot and add Onion finely chopped and Butter to the bacon grease. If you prefer to have more bacon in your chowder, you’re going to want to drain some of the excess bacon grease from the soup pot. Stir & cook until Onion is translucent, then add Carrots, Potatoes, Celery. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes (we want to allow the veggies a little time to partially cook through). Add Chicken Broth and cook over Med/High heat, allow to gently boil for about 10 minutes. Add seasonings. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add half a limit of Razor Clams, including the nectar!

***NOTE: STIR OCCASIONALLY THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS***

A lot of folks will buy clam juice for their chowder, but typically when you clean Razor Clams you are going to have enough nectar on your own. Make sure that nectar is saved, because it really adds a lot of flavor to your chowder.

Once the Razor Clams are added, add Half & Half and the cooked Bacon. Over Medium/Low heat allow to cook for about 5-10 minutes. If it starts to slightly boil earlier than that, reduce heat immediately. Reduce heat to Low, allow to simmer for another 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.

I love making a large batch of Northwest Clam Chowder on say a Sunday afternoon, not only will you have a great Sunday dinner, but you can portion out the extra chowder into Tupperware and offer up the family a great lunch for the first half of the week.

For those that like a little thicker Chowder, mixing in a little Flour will do the trick.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy this recipe. If you do I guarantee it will become a standard meal at your home too! Enjoy!

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April Razor Clam Digs In Washington

More Razor Clam digging to be had on the Washington Coast this month!

To wrap up the season, we are looking at two openings for Razor Clams at Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Long Beach in the month of April. WDFW always makes these digs tentative until bio-toxin tests are completed to make sure that the Razors are safe to eat.

I for one am very excited to get out after these tasty critters, either fried or frittered.

The tentative April digs are looking to be the best digging of the year! Extreme minus tides in the morning hours means pleasurable digging on the beach with the entire family!

  • April 9, Tues., 6:39 a.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors
  • April 10, Wed., 7:19 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
  • April 11, Thurs., 7:57 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors
  • April 12, Fri., 8:34 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 13, Sat., 9:11 a.m., -0.2, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 14, Sun., 9:49 a.m., +0.1, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 24, Wed., 6:10 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
  • April 25, Thurs., 6:54 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors
  • April 26, Fri., 7:38 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 27, Sat., 8:24 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 28, Sun., 9:11 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 29, Mon., 10:01 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks
  • April 30, Tues., 10:55 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors

It looks like we can dig until Noon each day, as always your limit is the first 15 Razor Clams dug, regardless of size or condition. Please check out the OFFICIAL WDFW PRESS RELEASE for all the details. Hope you all get a chance to hit the beach during the Razor Clam season! Good luck digging!

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Razor Clam Weekend March 28-31

It looks as if we might have another round of razor clam digging this upcoming weekend.

The state is required to do a test of the bio-toxin levels, but it looks as if the dig next weekend will be a go! We have great low tides during the mornings next weekend, so wake up early and head on out! I will update this once we get the final go ahead from the state.

Our last dig on March 7-11 was amazing. Plenty of big clams and lots of folks enjoying a sunny beach wih their families.

Note: This will be the last dig with your 2012-2013 Washington state fishing/clamming license.

The license year is April 1 – March 31, so you will need a new 2013-2014 license if we get a weekend after this one. Have fun out there!

  • March 28, Thursday, 7:57 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
  • March 29, Friday, 8:40 a.m., -0.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 30, Saturday, 9:26 a.m., -0.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 31, Sunday, 10:16 a.m., -0.6 ft., Twin Harbors

Here is a link to the official WDFW NEWS RELEASE

Check out all the great information about clamming on the Washington Coast at WDFW RAZOR CLAM INFORATION PAGE

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Weekend Razor Clam Season on the Washington Coast

We have just been given the green light, many Washington beaches are open for Razor Clamming this weekend! This is going to be one fun filled weekend for many lucky Washington clammers.

With early tides this weekend, we have 5 days of digging, and the first 3 days are daylight digs.

The weather for the Washington coast looks pleasant, with little chance of rain.

The daily limit is 15 Razor Clams. By law, we must keep the first 15 we dig whether they are small or broken shelled.

Here are the tides & beaches for this weekend’s digs:

  • March 7, Thursday, 3:06 p.m., +0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
  • March 8, Friday, 4:01 p.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • March 9, Saturday, 4:50 p.m., -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • March 10, Sunday, 6:33 p.m., -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • March 11, Monday, 7:12 p.m., 0.0, Twin Harbors

Here is the official WDFW PRESS RELEASE FOR THIS WEEKEND