An auger uses an auger to drill a hole in the ice prior to fishing.  Photo by Mike Koole, USFWS.

Pablo NWR Open for Ice Fishing

On January 8, 2018, Pablo Reservoir opened for ice fishing. See the Public Use Brochure for details.

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Winter Access at Pablo NWR

January 18, 2018 American bald eagles, brown juveniles and white-headed adults, sit on the ice during the winter season.  USFWS photo

Pablo National Wildlife Refuge reopens to public use on January 8, 2018 - including access for Ice Fishing. Be aware of ice conditions and do not venture out if unsafe. Also remember that access will be restricted starting March 1, for nesting season. See the Public Use Pamphlet for details and map.

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Pablo National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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