Real slow fri. nite 3 miles noth or cranberry not worth the time.But tonight south of seaview did pretty good limited the party out,8 diggers a diggin,may be better sunday night being a lower tide,-1.1,but still alot of work.Still managed some nice sized but plenty of small clams,just have to choose your holes carefully.
I dug this evening. Got two.... :depressed: We started the day at Bonneville, and after releasing two oversized and keeping a keeper sturgeon we then went to the sandy r were we got 3 coho then left for Long Beach and got there at 8:30 One guy had his limit because he was in the surf. And at 1:30am I just got home. WHAT FUN IT WAS TODAY!!!!!!!! :dance:
It was tough clamming. Fished North of Ocean Park without much success. Then I decided to go further North as there were miles of headlights returning and it was still early.
Well I can say with some first hand knowledge that THERE WERE NO RAZOR CLAMS UNDER MY MOTORHOME!
Worst clamming I have ever seen.
The digging was good adn I got a lot of that in... :hoboy:
Hey Ray, you're not suppose to be driving on them clam beds anyway! :grin:
Sorry to hear your clam outing wasn't productive. I was really surprised to read the reports. Most of us expected it to be phenominal again based on last years clamming and the fact it has been closed for so long.
Went out Friday afternoon and got 25 for 2 people, mostly 3 1/2"er's one 5" and about 3 smalls. :grin:
Returned for Saturdays tide and did better.
2 limits for 2 people. Nice large clams. 4"er's were the norm with a couple smalls near dark.
Make sure you take your time and watch for the size of the dimple or squirt.
Returning this eve!!! :grin:
we got skunked on fri night .. last night we got about 20 small to med ones, we were almost to the legal digging end of the beach. small holes and not showing much. i think we will wait for the opener in oregon, that digging in the dark with the pounding surf behind you is kinda spooky.. i used a clam gun for the first time , beats the shovel hands down.
Dug at Ocean Shores Saturday night. Got my limit and dug limits for my mom and dad, (they both have handicap permits). Most were good sized also. Only took a couple hours, but sure was tired after words.
We did OK, but it took much longer than normal. I grew up on the SW Washington coast, and thought I was a pro clammer, but jeez I sure had to work for them this weekend. We limited Friday - I got 14 nice ones and one little one, but I quit after 10 mixed little to large ones on Saturday after a solid two hours of hunting for them. I'd buy the die-off theory from Olympia's "keep us on the payroll so we can save you from the big bad domoic acid" biologists/politicians, but if that's true, where are the shells? We've seen die-offs before, but they were always accompanied by tons of slightly off-color shells on the beach. Only saw a few shells on the beach this weekend. Awesome weather Friday and early Saturday, but it got real cold Saturday evening!
Just got in from a great eve and 2 limits of large clams :dance: , stopped for dinner and a nice drive home. :grin:
They were showing great and not crowded either..must of been because of bad reports or just sunday.
We started at 5:15 in longbeach and had our 2 limits by 6:30. :dance:
Friday night was a pain,,,worked hard for 10 clams, just to the south of Cranberry road. I usually dig by the wreckage of the Valhalla. Saturday night took 8 of us clear up past the Oysterville approach 5 1/2 miles. 4 of us limited with the rest getting anywhere from 2 to 13 per person. Tough digging. Last night, left the house at 9:15, drove to Cranberry, south to the Valhalla, lit lanterns, put on waders,etc. back at the truck with a limit before 10:00. Almost no wind, very small surf, and really got overheated as we overdressed, because we like to froze Saturday night. These clams were for the most part, a lot larger than the ones we got up north, but still weren't like the ones we were pulling back in 2001.
We didn't do very well Friday night at Ocean Park. Got in a little late and didn't see many showing. Saturday night was better just north of Long Beach and we found some big ones. Had to work real hard and pound the sand bar to get them to show. Somebody said the surf was too rough. We left before the dig Sunday night. Mom and Dad stayed and got their limit in half an hour. The clams were showing everwhere they said. We should of stayed a little longer.
I usually try to attend the WDFW meetings they have about Razor clam seasons prior to them setting the seasons. The WDFW biologist tell you where they saw the highest numbers of clams from their population tests.
From the meeting I went to in September, north was not the spot to be on the Longbeach beaches. South was MUCH better. Limited Sat. in short order south of Seaview.
Clatsop beaches will be good, but don't expect it to be red hot like 2002. There are still some clams high on the beach but those took a pounding the last time it was open.