Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service (804-514-1486) out of
Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported that Chickahominy Lake mid-day water
temperatures were in the low to mid 70’s in the main lake and in the major
creeks on Wednesday (10/04/2017). The lake level was about even with the
top of the dam. The water was light brown and slightly cloudy in the
central lower lake, with more murky water along downwind shorelines.
Most blue cats and bullheads were on flats and along drop-offs in the main
lake and scattered in creeks, and were hitting live minnows and cut bait.
Most crappie were on mid-depth flats and drop-offs, frequently near wood
cover, but a few crappie were scattered on shoreline flats. Activity was
moderate, and when active crappie were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co.
and Southern Pro curlytail jigs, small tubes, Kalin crappie scrubs, and
small swim baits. Yellow and white perch were scattered or in loose
aggregates on flats in the main lake and were hitting live minnows, small
swim baits, and small jigs. Most bluegill and shellcracker were scattered
or in small schools on shoreline flats, near wood cover, or along the outer
edge of hydrilla beds in 3 to 8 feet of water in the main lake, and were
hitting small jigs, Nikko nymphs, small swim baits, and live worms. Most
bass were on mid-depth flats, along drop-offs, or in channels near mouths of
the major creeks and in the main lake, while a few bass were on shorelines,
especially under hydrilla mats. Pickerel were in creeks, on main lake
shorelines, or around wood cover or vegetation. When active, bass and
pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms,
crank baits, jigs, and frogs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Mike Suarez and Gary Lupton had 8 bass and 1
bowfin. Ross Alfonso, Ryan Ladd, and Fernando Pena had 1 bluegill, 3
crappie, 3 white perch, and 4 bass. Tom Porter had 20 bluegill, 9 crappie,
1 white perch, and 1 yellow perch.