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 80’s to low 90’s in the main lake and in the
major creeks on Wednesday (6/14/2017). The lake level was a few inches
below the top of the dam. The water was light to medium brown and
relatively clear in the central lower lake.
Most blue cats and bullheads were on flats and along drop-offs in the main
lake and scattered in creeks, and were hitting live minnows and cut bait.
Crappie were mostly on mid-depth flats and wood cover, especially near creek
mouths, but some crappies were along shorelines and on shallow flats.
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 or on drop-offs in the main lake, usually offshore of
traditional spawning areas, 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
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Mickey Cleveland had 9 bluegill and 6 crappie.
Luke and Barton Schafer had 72 bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 1 yellow perch, and
1 white perch. Karen Anderson had 43 bluegill and 1 shellcracker. Carolyn
Conway had 24 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, and 1 roach minnow.