"Shellfishing: Available, but Watch Season, Toxins" Illahee State Park Things to Do Tip by glabah
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State Parks that are open to fishing and shell fishing require a fishing licence for the particular type of fish that you plan to catch, and you must be fishing for them in season. As with all of the shellfish hunting in Washington, it is important to also check to make sure the beach is not closed to shellfishing due to Red Tide or other marine biotoxins. These are not removed by cooking and may be fatal.
There is a sign on the beach that indicates if the beach is closed or open for shellfish hunting. It is located by the boat ramp. However, it is better to check the various web sites beforehand so that you do not arrive and find it is closed.
Shellfish seasons are variable at each state park, as it depends highly on the conditions of the shellfish and the water conditions.
Each May, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issus a season schedule for all the beaches and what is allowed to be harvested and/or caught there. This schedule is located at the URL listed below. To find Illahee State Park on this list, you need to select Kitsap County from the menu system, then select Illahee State Park.
Unfortunately, in 1994, a small landslide covered the part of the beach that was most productive for clams and oyster reproduction.
For 2011 at Illahee State Park, the schedule for seasons was set to be:
Clams: April 1st through July 31st
Oysters: April 1st through July 31st.
You will also want to check the Washington Department of Health record of emergency shellfish closures due to Red Tide and other Marine Toxins:
As of this writing, Kitsap County is closed to harvesting of Butter Clams due to marine toxins, but this changes with the seasons.
Directions: Enter park at NE Sylvan Way and Ridgeview Drive NE, unless you come by bus (see my transportation tip). Follow signs to the right and down the hill to the beach.
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