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 to high 70’s in the main lake and in the major
creeks on Wednesday (8/30/2017). The lake level was six to eight inches
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 and along drop-offs in the main
lake and scattered in creeks, and were hitting live minnows and cut bait.
Most crappie were on mid-depth flats and drop-offs, frequently near wood
cover. Activity was moderate, and when 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. Small bluegill and
shellcracker were along some shorelines, while larger bluegill and most
shellcracker were scattered or in small schools on flats near wood cover or
along the outer edges of hydrilla beds in 3 to 8 feet of water in the main
lake, and were hitting small jigs, Nikko nymphs, small swim baits, and live
worms. Most bass were on flats, along drop-offs, or in channels near mouths
of the major creeks and in the main lake, while a few bass were on
shorelines, especially under hydrilla mats. Pickerel were in creeks or on
shorelines or around wood cover or vegetation. When active, bass and
pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms,
crank baits, jigs, and frogs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Karen Anderson had 27 bluegill and 1 crappie.
Tom Porter had 37 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 11 crappie, and 4 white perch.