So cabin fever is setting in, and you want to get out in the days ahead. Consider heading to the coast for razor clams or grab a rod for...
So cabin fever is setting in, and you want to get out in the days ahead.
Consider heading to the coast for razor clams or grab a rod for a last chance at hatchery steelhead.
The coastal razor clam digs open Thursday at Twin Harbors, with other beaches following suit heading into this weekend and beyond.
“Historical records show that in February we get a bigger turnout,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “I believe people are just itching to get outside, and looking for something to do.
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“The weather is looking much better so diggers should find some pretty ideal conditions. We’ve got better low tides, and I would expect good digging.”
The last digs Jan. 25-27 had 12,800 diggers with an average of 11.6 clams per person (the first 15 dug is a daily limit).
Digging is open Thursday to Tuesday at Twin Harbors; Friday and Saturday at Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Sunday at Long Beach. Digging will be open after noon each day.
Another tentative dig is set for Feb. 23-24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. More digs will be announced soon.
“We have some March dates in mind, and it looks like we’ll also have a lot of days ahead of us (in April and May),” Ayres said.
A flurry of hatchery steelhead showed up in local rivers still open for fishing.
“We’ve got some hatchery steelhead action going on in the terminal areas for those looking at a last chance,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.
Some areas near hatcheries are open through Feb. 15, include the Cascade, Skykomish at Reiter Ponds, North Fork Stillaguamish at Fortson, a section of the Nooksack and Snoqualmie in Tokul Creek area.
Other options are Wynoochee, Skookumchuck, Satsop, Washougal, Bogachiel, Hoh and Sol Duc.
Many other rivers have closed to protect wild winter steelhead. Anglers should check the regulation pamphlet for details.