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 50’s in the lower lake and mid to high 50’s in the major creeks on Wednesday (4/3/2013). The lake level was slightly less than a foot above the top of the dam. The water was brown and relatively clear in the lower lake.
Blue cats were widely scattered in a variety of depths in the lower main lake. A few small crappies were still in some of the staging areas outside some of the creeks. Crappies and blue cats in deeper locations were hitting live minnows and drop shot rigs with small Gulp baits. Medium to large crappies were accumulating on most days in the channels and deeper flats of the major creeks and were hitting live minnows, suspending jerk baits, and cast and trolled grubs. A few bass and a moderate number of pickerel were in the major creeks, but most bass were scattered on mid-depth and deep flats in the main lake and were sporadically hitting live minnows, blade baits, lipless crankbaits, and plastic worms. Fishing with Capt. Conway, Jimmy Marable and Norma Hall had 21 crappies. Steve Novak, Mitchell Novak, and Josh Leslie had 4 crappies, 1 yellow perch, 2 pickerel, and 1 bass. Capt. Bill Buck and Jack Trammell had 43 crappie, 1 citation yellow perch, 5 pickerel, and 1 blue cat.