Lake Erie MayFlies!! Questions from a newbie on lake Erie

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by andy k, Jun 27, 2022.

  1. andy k

    andy k Active Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Lake Erie
    This is our fist year on Lake Erie and the Mayflies are Nasty. It is hard to go and enjoy the boat when you and the boat are covered so heavily is Flies.

    1) Typically is there a strong bloom and then it becomes less dense for the summer or does it stay strong through summer?

    2) Are they better or worse in certain parts of the lake.

    We are wanting to head over to PIB and a few of the other islands over the 4th weekend, however we are hesitating due what it has been like the last 2 weeks.
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    It should be a cycle, not constant, at least it's not over here on this side of the lake.

    I use this to deal with flies now. Quite enjoyable...
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  3. Buckeye Boater

    Buckeye Boater Active Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Wooster, OH
    215 Weekender 2006
    Merc 5.0 MPI 260 HP
    It is a cycle and will fade in the coming days/weeks. We have been experiencing more on shore this year as a result of the northerly winds pushing them toward the mainland. Keep in mind that they are a sign of a healthy lake.
  4. TonyQSC500

    TonyQSC500 Active Member

    Jan 7, 2018
    Canton, Oh.
    sold 2007 44 sundancer. White hull with black stripe and canvas.
    Cummins QSC 500’s V-drives.
    At night keep the lights off on the boat and the dock. They are attracted to the light like any bug.
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  5. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Generator, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA M-3
    They should be gone by the end of next week. I have never seen them east of Erie PA. Several years ago we were in PIB about this time of year and they were reconstructing the municipal marina. They had the whole marina area and half the street closed off with construction barricade so they couldn’t get in there with the street sweepers to clean them up and the place smelled like dead fish and road kill. Swore then we would never go back until after July 4th.
  6. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Where are you?….. it’s all about wind and water temp. We are on Catawba and no problem….. we have been on PIB and no problem. It’s just hit and miss they should be mostly gone next weekend.

    stay away from overhead lights and keep the interior cockpit boat lights off
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