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 80’s in the lower lake and in the backs of the major creeks on Wednesday (6/5/2013). The lake level was a few inches above the top of the dam. The water was dark brown and slightly cloudy 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 on submerged wood cover, along channel edges, near some lily pads, and near shoreline cover in the main lake and creek mouths. Crappie were hitting live minnows, Roadrunners, Kalin crappie scrubs, tubes, swim baits, and Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curlytail grubs. Bluegill and shellcrackers were dispersing from loose clusters on many shorelines in the main lake and in some areas up the creeks and were hitting flies (especially wet flies and nymphs) and small tubes and jigs. A few bass and pickerel were in the major creeks, around creek mouths, and on flats in the main lake, and were hitting flyrod bugs, topwaters, crankbaits and jerkbaits, particularly early and late in the day.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Bill Keswick and Eduardo and Elliot Borges had 35 bluegill and 5 shellcrackers. Dean Dunbar had 3 crappie, 3 yellow perch, 59 bluegill, and 10 shellcrackers. Carolyn Conway had 32 bluegill, 3 shellcrackers, 1 flier, and 5 yellow perch. Mickey Cleveland had 9 crappie, 4 white perch, 1 yellow perch, 14 bluegill, 1 channel cat, and 2 bass.