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 main lake water temperatures were in the mid to high 80’s on Wednesday. The lake level was a few inches above the top of the dam. The water was brown and moderately murky in the lower lake and up the major creeks. Most major and minor creeks were filled with hydrilla except in the channels, and hydrilla beds extended out from the shoreline of most areas of the main lake.
Small to medium crappie with a few large crappie were widely scattered on mid-depth flats in the main lake. Mid-depth wood cover occasionally held some nice crappie. Crappie were not biting consistently, but when biting they were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curlytail jigs and tubes, small swimbaits, and Kalin crappie scrubs. Small to medium bluegill were scattered in the creeks and around shorelines in the main lake. Most larger bluegill had moved off shorelines and were on shallow or mid-depth flats. Bluegill were hitting live worms and crickets, flies, small Wright Bait Co. curlytail jigs and tubes, small swimbaits, Kalin crappie scrubs, and small spoons. Bass and bowfin were scattered along the shorelines and mid-depths in the main lake. Bass were most active at sunrise and were hitting live minnows, creature baits, soft plastic stick baits, crank baits, and plastic worms.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Carolyn Conway had 29 bluegill, 1 crappie, 2 blue cats, 2 channel cats, and 2 bass. Capt. Bill Buck and Hollis Pruitt had 34 bluegill, 6 crappie, 1 warmouth, 1 white perch, 1 channel cat, 3 blue cats, and 2 bass.