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 low to mid 40’s in the lower lake and mid to high 40’s in the major creeks on Wednesday (2/27/2013). The lake level was about 8 inches above the top of the dam. The water was brown and slightly cloudy in the lower lake.
Most fish appeared to have left the deeper channels and deep winter holes in the lower main lake. A few crappies and some bass were on brushpiles and other wood cover in mid-depths (6-12 feet) and when active were hitting live minnows. Most crappies and white perch appeared to have left the winter holes but had not yet made an appearance in the major creeks, but a few crappies have started to filter into the backs of the major creeks on sunny days, usually on the downwind side of the back of the creeks. Look for them to continue to accumulate during the next week or two if water temperatures continue to rise. Most bass and pickerel were scattered on mid-depth and deep flats in the main lake and were hitting live minnows, blade baits, and lipless crankbaits. A few small to medium bass and an occasional small yellow perch or pickerel were in the major creeks and were hitting live minnows and small suspending jerkbaits. Fishing with Capt. Conway, Hollis Pruitt had 4 bass.
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