Lake Pokegama


Southwood is located on 6,612-acre Lake Pokegama. The lake is home to some of north’s finest walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing. Several seasonal county records have been caught from our waters. Other species caught in plentiful numbers are crappie,  blue gill, largemouth bass, rock bass, sunfish, and perch. The public landing is only 1/2 mile from the resort. If a guide service is in your plans check in "My Outdoor Links" for my choice in local guide services.










By far the most sought after game fish in Minnesota, the Walleye are plentiful in Pokegama. Many nice stringers have been taken by quests at Southwood not  to mention a large number of wall hangers. One of the most popular areas to find Walleye are the  drop-offs just in front of the resort and around the bridge just west of the resort. The Wendigo arm of Lake Pokegama offers outstanding structure that harbor many nice Walleye. Lake Pokegama has been primarily a night time Walleye lake which makes for a enjoyable evening on the water. Mornings are also a productive time to catch the illusive Walleye. The new bridge has opened up an outstanding area to catch beautiful walleye after dark.

Northern Pike




Lake Pokegama is well known for it’s lunker Northern Pike. Many nice northerns are caught  every year as well as some monster trophy sized northerns taken by our guests at Southwood Resort. Five to seven pound northerns are very common, but hook into a large water wolf and hang on for the time of your life. Many large northerns are also taken by spear fishermen from dark houses just in front of our beach every winter. Pokegama is an outstanding northern lake throughout the year, but come to Southwood in September and October and take advantage of the feeding frenzy of these monster pike. 

Smallmouth Bass




While Northern Pike and Walleye might be the two most popular of northern Minnesota’s game fish, the bronze back or Small Mouth Bass, pound for pound are the best scrappers of all game fish. You will find some of the best Small Mouth fishing in northern Minnesota here on Lake Pokegama.  One of the lakes' most productive areas for small mouth are the bull rushes off the end of our docks. Small mouth can be caught throughout the year, but the very best time to catch these lunkers is early to mid-June. All of these smallmouth were caught in front of or near Southwood's docks.

Largemouth Bass




While not thought of as a popular game fish of northern Minnesota lakes, the large mouth are plentiful in Lake Pokegama. It is not uncommon to haul in a 4-5 pound largemouth. Many fishermen are surprised at the size and quantities of largemouth that can be caught in a single day.  A number of fishing clubs stay at Southwood each year and enjoy the wild bassin action.

Outstanding Panfishing






The pan fishing on Lake Pokegama is the best around. You can catch some of the nicest bluegills, sunnies, perch, and slab crappie on the Windego arm of Lake Pokegama. The bull rushes off the end of our docks provide some of the finest pan fishing action on the lake. The new bridge over Pokegama has created some of the best conditions for fishing of all species. Children love fishing off our docks for non-stop action.

Illusive Muskie

And everyone asks if there are muskie in Lake Pokegama. Well, you be the judge. Both of these fish were caught by guest here at Southwood from Lake Pokegama. I caught my first muskie 2 years ago out of Kings Bay. They are here to stay.


A Special Visitor and Experience of A Lifetime






A true experience of a lifetime graced our lives and one that will never be forgotten. To have had the opportunity to fish with the Babe and his long time friend Jerry James of Hill City was something I could never in a lifetime dreamt. To have just spent time with Babe and his crew sharing the tails, laughter and continuous ribbing was more than one could ask for.

I have never met a more down to earth, caring individual. The fishing wasn't the best but the fellowship and Patty's cooking kept everyone happy. Thanks Babe and all the crew for a great time. Hope to see again soon.





 Southwood Resort

32460 Southwood Road

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

(218) 259-8886

Toll Free: 1 888-815-6645


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