Dale Johnson and Linda Richey spent part of Thursday, July 15, 2021, bobber fishing along the shore of the St. Louis River on Rice's Point in Duluth. The fish were active enough for the pair to blow through their 15 crawlers.

"They were hitting pretty good earlier," Johnson said. "We got out here about 9:30 a.m., and they were biting."

It was a nice start to the day for the duo as they sat in lawn chairs in the reflection of the Interstate Bridge before the heat of the afternoon worked into the area.

"Sounds like it could get pretty hot out later today," Johnson said.

Dale Johnson gets ready to cast out his bait while bobber fishing near the Rice's Point Landing on Thursday, July 15, 2021.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Dale Johnson gets ready to cast out his bait while bobber fishing near the Rice's Point Landing on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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Linda Richey reels in a smallmouth bass as Dale Johnson gets ready to grab it as they fish along the St. Louis River on Rice’s Point on Thursday morning, July 15, 2021.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Linda Richey reels in a smallmouth bass as Dale Johnson gets ready to grab it as they fish along the St. Louis River on Rice’s Point on Thursday morning, July 15, 2021. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Dale Johnson puts a crawler on his hook while fishing on the St. Louis River on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Duluth.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Dale Johnson puts a crawler on his hook while fishing on the St. Louis River on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Duluth. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Linda Richey, left, watches Dale Johnson cast her rod at Rice’s Point on Thursday, July 15, 2021.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Linda Richey, left, watches Dale Johnson cast her rod at Rice’s Point on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Dale Johnson, left, tells a fish story to Linda Richey on Rice’s Point on Thursday, July 15, 2021.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Dale Johnson, left, tells a fish story to Linda Richey on Rice’s Point on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

A smallmouth bass kicks up some water after being released by Dale Johnson on Rice’s Point on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Duluth.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
A smallmouth bass kicks up some water after being released by Dale Johnson on Rice’s Point on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Duluth. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)