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 mid 70’s in the main lake and high 70’s in the
major creeks on Wednesday (5/3/2017). The lake level was slightly above the
top of the dam. The water was light 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, 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, Mickey Cleveland had 2 bluegill, 6 crappie, 3
white perch, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass. Don and Matt Pullen had 2 bluegill, 23
crappie, 3 white perch, 3 blue cats, and 1 pickerel. Tom Porter had 9
bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 9 crappie, 1 yellow perch, 1 blue cat, and 4 bass.