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 50’s in the lower lake and in the major creeks on Wednesday (3/13/2013). The lake level was about 18 inches above the top of the dam and slowly falling. The water was brown and slightly cloudy in the lower lake. A number of floating islands had come loose in the high water and were drifting in the lake.
A few blue cats were in a few of the deeper channels and deep winter holes in the lower main lake, but most of the crappies appear to have left those areas. A few crappies were found in the channels of the major creeks. Look for them to accumulate in the channels and backs of the creeks 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, lipless crankbaits, and plastic worms. 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, Malcolm Turnbull had 18 crappies, 1 white perch, and 5 blue cats.