Revitalizing the National Harbor habitat

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Steve Chaconas

OXON HILL, Md. – Maryland B.A.S.S. Nation (MBN) members Scott Sewell, Dick Berich and Roger Trageser helped lead the way for a recently completed habitat project in National Harbor that could revitalize the Potomac River bass fishery.

National Harbor, once known as Smoots Bay, now has two reefs rich with habitat. Anglers and fisheries managers alike hope these additions will make this Maryland side of the river opposite Alexandria, Va., once more one of the most productive spawning and nursery areas.

"We'll mark success when see juvenile bass in the area and more bass are being caught," said Joe Love, tidal bass program manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). "And we're hoping that this will lead to other habitat improvements. Perhaps these changes will encourage the growth of grass."