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Holding on to summer

Drew Cramlet caught this 18-inch smallmouth bass near Alexandria late this summer. (Submitted photo)1 / 4
Cooper Pauley, 8, of Edina has been coming to Alexandria since he was 2 and was thrilled to latch into a northern on Lake Cowdry using a Yo-Zuri shallow runner lure while trolling in three feet of water. (Submitted photo)2 / 4
Zander Rohloff caught this big crappie fishing on a lake near Alexandria in July with his grandparents, Jim and Pat Stroot. Zander's mom, Heidi, said the crappie measured 15 inches and weighed 2.2 pounds. (Submitted photo)3 / 4
Wally Roers caught this 25-1/4-inch walleye on Big Chippewa Lake in Douglas County in July. (Submitted photo)4 / 4

The time of year is almost here where many put down the fishing pole to chase roosters, waterfowl and whitetails, but some of the best fishing of the year actually comes in the fall.

Plenty of opportunities await to get on the water before freeze up, and here are a few photos of some summer catches on local lakes.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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