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 Tuesday (5/9/2017). The lake level was even with the top of
the dam. The water was light to 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. Most bass were
on or near shorelines in major creeks and some areas of the main lake. Some
bass appeared to still be on beds while others appeared to be post-spawn.
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, Mickey Cleveland had 1 bluegill, 9 crappie, and 5
white perch. Carolyn Conway had 32 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 1 yellow
perch, 1 pickerel, and 1 bass. Tony Fritz and Hugh Kent had 36 bluegill, 6
shellcracker, 1 crappie, and 2 bass.