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 60’s in the lower lake and the high 60’s to low 70’s in the major creeks on Wednesday (4/10/2013). The lake level was about a foot above the top of the dam. The water was brown and relatively clear in the lower lake.
Blue cats and a few channel cats were widely scattered in a variety of depths in the lower main lake and in the creeks and were hitting live minnows. A mix of sizes of crappie were scattered in the channels and on flats of the major creeks and in some of the spawning areas and were hitting live minnows, suspending jerk baits, Kalin crappie scrubs, tubes, and Wright Baits and Southern Pro curlytail grubs. A moderate number of bass and pickerel were in the major creeks and were hitting crankbaits and jerkbaits, frequently very close to shoreline vegetation. Some bass were on relatively shallow flats in the evenings of sunny days and hitting topwaters. Fishing with Capt. Conway, John Smith had 23 crappie, 1 citation yellow perch, 1 shad, 2 pickerel, and 1 bass. David Wu-Pong and Jack Pong had 11 crappie, 1 yellow perch, 1 pickerel, and 1 bass on fly rods. Mickey Cleveland had 22 crappie, 2 pickerel, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass. Tom Porter and Malcolm Turnbull had 10 crappie, 1 pickerel, 1 channel cat, and 2 blue cats.