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 high 30’s to low 40’s in the main lake and in the
major creeks on Wednesday (2/7/2018). The lake level was a few inches above
the top of the dam and the water was light brown and slightly to moderately
stained in the central lake.
Most blue cats and bullheads were on deeper flats, along drop-offs, and in
channels in the main lake and scattered in creeks, and were hitting live
minnows and cut bait. Most crappie were on drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake, especially near wood cover. Crappie activity was slow, but when
active, crappie were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro
curlytail jigs, small tubes, Kalin crappie scrubs, small swim baits, and
blade baits. Yellow and white perch were scattered or in loose aggregates
on deeper flats, drop-offs, and channels in the main lake and when active
were hitting live minnows, small swim baits, and small jigs. Most bluegill
were along drop-offs or in channels in the main lake and were mostly
inactive, but occasionally hitting small jigs, wet flies, Nikko nymphs,
small swim baits, and live worms. Many bass and pickerel were on deeper
flats, along drop-offs, or in channels in the main lake. When active, bass
and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick
worms, crank baits, jerk baits, blade baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Bill Marley had 4 crappie, 1 white perch, and 1
pickerel. Tom Porter had 9 white perch, 1 yellow perch, and 1 bass.