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 upper 70’s to low 80’s in the main lake and in the
creeks on Wednesday (5/30/2018). The lake level was several inches above
the top of the dam, down from much higher levels. The water was dark brown
and slightly cloudy in the central lake.
Blue cats and bullheads were scattered on flats, along drop-offs, and in
channels in the main lake and in creeks, and were hitting live minnows and
cut bait. Some crappie were along shorelines, on flats, on drop-offs and in
channels in the main lake, especially near cypress trees and other wood
cover, while some crappie were in the lower parts of major creeks. Activity
varied, but more 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, drop-offs, and channels in the main lake and some
creeks, and when active were hitting live minnows, small swim baits, and
small jigs. Most bluegill were along some shorelines and shallow flats in
the main lake and in creeks, frequently in apparent loose spawning clusters,
and were hitting live worms, flies, Nikko nymphs, and small swimbaits. Some
bass and pickerel were along shorelines, on deeper flats, along drop-offs,
or in channels in the main lake and in creeks. When active, bass and
pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms,
crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Tom Porter had 21 bluegill, 10 crappie, 1 yellow
perch, 1 white perch, 1 bullhead, and 2 bass.