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 a little higher in
the major creeks on Monday (5/15/2017). The lake level was a few 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. Crappie were on
mid-depth flats and wood cover, especially near creek mouths. 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 on
shoreline flats in the main lake and some major creeks and were hitting
small jigs, Nikko nymphs, small swim baits, and live worms. Some bass were
on flats, along drop-offs, or in channels in the major creeks and the main
lake, while other bass were on shorelines. Pickerel were still in many
creeks on shorelines or around wood cover or vegetation. When active, bass
and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick
worms, crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Jack and David Pong had 59 bluegill, 4
shellcracker, 2 yellow perch, 1 roach minnow, and 1 bass.