Dig for Razor Clams

Digging for clams may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite a fun experience! We’ve got the tentative Fall and Winter dates for 2017 and everything you need to know on hot to dig and prevent waste.

Oct. 6, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach
Oct. 7, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach
Nov. 3, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach
Nov. 4, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach
Nov. 5, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach
Dec. 2, 6:49 p.m.; -1.9 feet; Long Beach
Dec. 3, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach
Dec. 4, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach
Dec. 31, 5:12 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach

Low tide is the best time for digging, so plan on beginning 2 hours before peak low tide. When the tide is out, razor clams are left below dry sand and often leave a trademark dimple which is commonly referred to as a "show." Occasionally, if you are watching close enough you can pick clams out as they are feeding or “necking” which causes a tiny “V” shape break in surf.

When you find a clam insert your shovel straight down, push the handle forward and using the leverage pinch the clams neck which will stop the clam from being able to dig. Slide the shovel out and your hand in. Carefully find the clam shell and dig with your hand to remove it. Razor clams dig fast, so you must be fast as well! And, dig carefully as these clams are named razors for a reason.

To help prevent waste, look for shows that are at least a dime size of larger to avoid digging clams that are too small. If you use a clam gun, use the proper size. Lastly know your rules and regulations.