Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service (804-746-2475) out of
Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported that Chickahominy Lake mid-day water
temperatures were in the high 60’s in the main lake and low 70’s in the
major creeks on Wednesday (4/26/2017). The lake level was about six inches
above the top of the dam. The water was medium brown and slightly cloudy in
the central lower lake.
Most blue cats and bullheads were on flats in the main lake and scattered in
creeks, and were hitting live minnows and cut bait. Most crappie had
apparently spawned, and were on wood cover near creek mouths or scattered in
creek channels. Active crappie were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co.
and Southern Pro curlytail jigs, small tubes, Kalin crappie scrubs, and
small swim baits. Yellow perch were scattered or in loose aggregates in
creeks and on flats in the main lake and were hitting live minnows, small
swim baits, and small jigs. Bluegill and shellcracker were scattered or in
small schools, with some still on mid-depth flats in the main lake and some
moving into the creeks and were hitting small jigs, Nikko nymphs, small swim
baits, and live worms. Most bass were on or near shorelines in major creeks
and some areas of the main lake. Many bass appeared to be on beds.
Pickerel were still in many creeks on shorelines or around wood cover. When
active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim
baits, stick worms, crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Jim Fuller and Phil McLean had 1 bluegill, 17
crappie, and 1 bass. Bill Edwards and Lawrence Barden had 1 shellcracker, 5
flier, 25 crappie, 2 white perch, 1 pickerel and 1 striped bass. Tom Porter
had 2 bluegill, 17 crappie, 1 white perch, 2 blue cats, and 2 pickerel.