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 high 70’s to low 80’s on Wednesday. The lake level was even with the top of the dam. The water was brown and moderately murky in the lower lake and less murky up the major creeks and in the upper lake. 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. Many hydrilla beds had fairly distinct weedwalls along their outer edges.
Small to medium crappie with a few large crappie were widely scattered on mid-depth flats and on the channel edges 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 along weedwalls and around shorelines in the main lake and up the major creeks. Most larger bluegill had moved off shorelines and were on shallow or mid-depth flats or along deeper weedwalls, especially near creek mouths.Bluegill were hitting live worms and crickets, flies, small Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro 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, Tom Porter had 34 bluegill, 2 crappie, and 1 shiner. Bruce Birdsey had 29 bluegill, 2 shiners, and 1 bass. Hollis Pruitt had 30 bluegill, 3 crappie, 5 shiners, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass.