Where to Find The Best Geoduck
Where to Find Geoducks
Geoduck the world’s largest marine bivalve is often spelled in different ways such as gweduck, goeduck or goiduck. Despite the different spellings the pronunciation is the same and that is “gooey-duck.” It is a large marine animal with a weight of about 1.9 lb and a large conduit shaped trunk which extends up to 1 meter or more in length.
Geoduck fishing is not easy. It takes a lot of effort to catch a geoduck as they live deep inside the sands, about 360 ft from the surface. The geoducks are hard to locate above the surface but only during very low tides when they can be seen exposed. One has to be quite attentive regarding where to find them and when to find them, as they can be seen openly only for a couple of hours in a month, during season.
Puget Sound region in the Washington State is famous for its high quality geoducks. Here large beds of geoducks can be found, which are mostly sub-tidal, as geoducks are not much seen intertidally. In the summer season, when tides are very low, these geoducks can be found easily along the seashore in the Puget Sound. This has limited the sport digging of geoducks to only a specific period in summers.
The natural habitation of geoducks are found usually in Washington State’s public beaches. Pacific coast beaches and the area in the west of Clallam Bay are almost devoid of geoduck colonies. Hood Canal is another rich habitat of geoducks apart from Puget Sound area. Moreover, other beaches popular for geoduck harvesting include Oak Bay County Park, Dosewallips State Park, Blake Island State Park, South Indian Island County Park, Hope Island State Park, Toandos Peninsula State Park, Faye Bainbridge State Park, Shine Tidelands State Park, Fort Flagler State Park, North Bay, Seabold Beach and Dabob Broad Spit.
Out of the above mentioned beaches, Duckabush and Dosewallips State Park are famous geoduck harvesting points for experienced and skilled geoduck fishers. Geoduck harvesting needs proper training as diving to dig up these clams is not an easy job. Moreover, the process can get very dirty. Although there are a number of tools and other equipment used specifically for excavating geoducks, many times, only a shovel and a pair of gloves would be enough for a skilled diver. Geoduck harvesting is also very strictly regulated and it is not allowed to catch more than three geoducks per day (non-commercial). This is a 50 year old rule and along with this, it is also illegal to dig out only the neck part or siphon of the geoduck. Although the rest of the geoduck is not utilized in food recipes, one must dig out the whole animal even if the neck is damaged. To avoid damage to the siphon or neck, a geoduck, should not be pulled up from neck as the siphon is easily breakable.
Although now it would be easy for you to locate the exact place where you can find a lot of geoducks; however, it is not easy to harvest geoducks especially for beginners. Nevertheless, you can watch and learn.