Chickahominy Lake Fishing Report – March 1, 2017

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 high 50’s in the main lake and low 60’s in the
major creeks on Wednesday (3/1/2017). The lake level was about even with
the top of the dam. The water was light brown and very slightly cloudy in
the central lower lake.

Most blue cats and bullheads were on flats and channels in the main lake and
scattered in creeks and hitting live minnows and cut bait. Some crappie
were still along drop-offs and in channels in the main lake, especially near
wood cover, but many crappie were in channels in the major creeks throughout
the lake. Many crappie were scattered rather than in large schools, and
were frequently on flats, sometimes very shallow, adjacent to deeper water
on sunny afternoons. Many crappie in the creeks were active and hitting
live minnows, Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curlytail jigs, small tubes,
Kalin crappie scrubs, and small swim baits. Small to medium yellow perch
(some still egg-laden) and white perch were scattered or in loose aggregates
on some main lake flats and channels and in some creek channels and were
hitting live minnows, small swim baits, and small jigs. Most bluegill and
shellcracker were along channel edges in the main lake and were occasionally
hitting small jigs, Nikko nymphs on drop shot rigs, small swim baits, and
live worms. Most bass, pickerel, and bowfin were on flats, along drop-offs,
or in channels in the major creeks and the main lake. Bass activity has
been sporadic, but has been increasing with more stable conditions. When
active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim
baits, stick worms, crank baits, suspending jerk baits, and jigs.

Fishing with Capt. Conway, Tom Porter had 1 bluegill, 29 crappie, and 2

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