Where did all the clammers go?

<p>The James Gang is pictured  on a practically deserted beach. (Left to right: James P. Cox, James McGee of Portland and James O. Cox of Oysterville.</p><p></p>

May 10-11 clam dig

The clam dig this past weekend showed plenty of clams, as usual. Friday was marked with by a surprising lack of diggers. Saturday showed a little better turnout, but pressure overall for the two-day dig was minimal. After the numbers are added up, it may be possible that we get a couple more days this month.

Sturgeon and halibut

Sturgeon opened May 11, but no reports are available yet. Typically, the season doesn’t really start producing until sometime early June. Fishers are hoping that the last run of smelt may trigger an early bite — let’s hope so.

Halibut, which opened May 11, has been hampered for small recreational boats by rough weather on the weekends. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the only days that you can fish for the flatfish and although this past Friday and Saturday showed flat seas, not many were caught by “kicked boats.” The charter fleet fared a little better, but nothing to write home about.

License revocations for unpaid child support (HB1211/SB5137)

WDFW is required under state law to permanently revoke the fishing and hunting licenses for people who fish and hunt when their licenses are revoked for child support violations. This eliminated the possibility that these parents can regain their fishing and hunting privileges if they repay any overdue child support and remain in compliance from thereon. Specifi-cally, legislation would suspend privileges for four years for people convicted of first-degree violations and two years for those convicted of second-degree violations.

Big-game hunters

You have only seven more days (until May 22) to apply for special hunt permits. Plan accordingly and allow plenty of time to familiarize yourself with this year’s new hunt choices and the 2013 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet (available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01496/wdfw01496.pdf). Permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, big horn sheep and turkey seasons in Washington state can be purchased from all license vendors and at the WDFW website.

Results on the special permit drawing will be available online at the end of June. Winners will be notified by mail by mid-July

Facts about the State of Washington

• Starbucks, the largest coffee chain in the world, was founded in Seattle. The state is the coffee capital of America, with more coffee bean roasters per capita than any other state.

• Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in North America, is in Washington.

• Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon at over 5,500 feet.

• There are more glaciers in Washington state than all the other 47 contiguous combined.

Ron Malast can be reached at 665-3573 or raiders7777@centurylink.net.

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