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adam
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05/17/2022 09:08PM  
Post your bug report of your recent experience on a trip.

 
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sueb2b
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05/18/2022 05:37AM  
I saw 2 mosquitos yesterday.
KanMopaddler
 
05/18/2022 10:47AM  
I had about 10 mosquitos total from Friday - Sunday(513-15) on Moose and Newfound Lakes. I did see more ticks than i have in past years.
05/18/2022 12:34PM  
I live in Hopkins and commute to St. Paul 3 times a week. Sitting at my desk today, I saw a wood tic start climbing up my shirt...they're here folks. Time to quit ''No Mow May'' I guess.
sueb2b
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05/22/2022 12:29AM  
sueb2b: "I saw 2 mosquitos yesterday. "

And that was about it for my trip. Although one or two things seem to have bit me, based on my itching. But the bugs were pretty much not an issue.
jmontagu13
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05/24/2022 09:26AM  
Just got back from 3 nights on the Sioux Hustler and didn't see or hear a single mosquito. I only saw a couple of the non-biting black flies, so overall, I was very happy with that. I'm sure temps were partly to blame since Saturday only got to 48 and both mornings were down to 34 degrees.
olentangyrunner
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05/26/2022 02:29PM  
Just spent 2 nights on Crab Lake and Battle. Total of 4 black flys and no mosquitos.
05/26/2022 05:25PM  
olentangyrunner: "Just spent 2 nights on Crab Lake and Battle. Total of 4 black flys and no mosquitos. "

Perfect. I'll be in that area in two weeks. I'm sure it will be a different experience for me.
Pilgrimpaddler
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05/27/2022 11:07AM  
I went from Sawbill to Wine and back, May 21 - 25. There were no bugs to speak of; no one in our group got any bites and none of us were using repellent.
05/29/2022 10:56PM  
Just finished Snowbank Trail, more ticks than we could count… hundreds of non bitting black flies swarming your face, today encountered many mosquitoes and little biting flies on the Kek side.

If you’re going to this area bring a headnet.

We were hiking and had to climb over trees so we probably picked up more ticks than the average paddler would.

May 27-29
05/30/2022 11:13AM  
May 23-28 Snowbank to Lake One via Thomas
no head nets or dope needed on this trip
minimal mosquitos (2 tried to bite) but saw lots of emergence
a few flies, no one got bit on the trip, but it was warming up a lot
Fishman53
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05/31/2022 09:22AM  
Spent 2 nights on Mountain May 26 and 27. Very few mosquitoes and no other bugs to mention. Bug dope and headnets remained in pack.
05/31/2022 02:40PM  
May 28-30, Pine Lake via Vermillion and Trout (EP 1)

Black flies were abundant. Saw relativity few our first day but they increased in number each day. Head nets came out on the 30th. Didn't see any mosquitos. Found two ticks at our camp site on Pine Lake.
06/01/2022 09:59PM  
Crane to Snow Bay and further on LLC. Sand flies are out and swarming. Ate my share this past weekend/week.
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06/02/2022 01:44PM  
Just got back from way back crooked.bugs are terrible as to be expected this time of year.on way out bugs at gun lake were insane if you weren’t at a wind blown point,even then you need 30mph+ gusts to keep them at bay
straighthairedcurly
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06/02/2022 08:43PM  
Birch Lake campground 5/27: lots of little black flies.
Kawishiwi Triangle 5/28-30: a few black flies and mosquitoes on portages, wind kept them at bay at our rocky campsite. We all agreed that there were very few bugs overall.
06/05/2022 05:52PM  
Can second that about Gun Lake area and unreal black flies. Both ends of the Fairy port were the worst I'd ever seen them. In every orifice uncovered. Needed a camp on Gun with wind exposure or it would've been a nightmare. Just started drawing blood in last few warm days. Stable flies are still stupid as they are easily killed but in a few days ---- oh boy. Mosquitos are on the up and up also.
Time- June1st-June5
Fenske Lake,Mudro,4-Town,Boot,Fairy and Gun.
Hawk777
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06/08/2022 03:49PM  
Daubenspeckm
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06/08/2022 04:20PM  
We were near Snowbank the first week of June and the Gnats were so bad we had to use head nets for the first time ever. They were out all day. Mosquitos and black flies were present but not as bad.
ThePeregrine
 
06/09/2022 09:05PM  
Black flies are viscous right now. Took a trip out of Clearwater June 4-8 and black flies got worse every day and by the end of the trip were present in swarms all day even in wind and smoke. I didn't see many mosquitoes but would have traded every black fly for two mosquitoes by the end of the trip. Soon enough I'm sure that will be true.
HayRiverDrifter
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06/09/2022 10:09PM  
Just returned from Malberg. June 4th - 8th. Black flies were thick all day. Swarming at first, then started biting later in the trip. They were out all day except an hour or two in the morning and an hour in the evening. Wore head net for 5 days either deployed or on my hat for quick deploy. Mosquitos increased during the trip mostly in the evenings for a hour before dark taking over for the black flies. Pulled the dip stick back at the entry point and I was almost a pint low. Good walleye fishing.
jillpine
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06/10/2022 08:27PM  
The hatch is real.
ntphinne
 
06/12/2022 07:16PM  
Entry point 41 Brule Lake 6/10 - 6/12. Buggy everywhere, many different types of bugs--butterflies to black flies to mosquitos. Head net was essential, long sleeves and some DEET on the hands Still, a great trip.
06/15/2022 06:57PM  
I was up the Gunflint Trail with my daughter May 21-24 and I don't think we saw a bug.
I was back up the Gunflint Trail with my wife and all 3 kids from June 7-11 and the mosquitos were as thick and as big as I've ever seen them. Each of us was carried off at least once. Both trips up there were awesome.
sconnie84
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06/15/2022 11:56PM  
I was on Alpine Lake from June 8-12. Reading trip reports before we left I thought we were going to be eaten alive by the black flies but overall the bugs weren't bad.

On average there were 1-2 times per day the bugs got bad and we needed to put on our head nets, mainly in a bay where there was no wind. The black flies were present but didn't end up with any bite. I used bug spray and left with 1 mosquito bite. My brother didn't use any spray and had 6-8 bites at the end of the trip. Overall, very manageable.
CanoeGuru
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06/16/2022 07:16PM  
Black Flies were out in full force in the Gunflint area (Round Lake to Little Sag to Tuscarora and back). Mosquitoes were awake too. Totally manageable with good gear, don't leave skin exposed on portages. Lemon/Eucalyptus cutter seemed to work good on exposed hands.

It was difficult to manage the black flies on our dog. All we could really do is check her often, but she was bothered by them. Good news is the the black flies arent known as to carry disease.

A couple silver linings:

Black flies need good clean flowing water to hatch, so a good hatch can be a sign of a healthy ecosystem

Probably unrelated: We saw 20+ Tigertail Butterflies
 
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