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 creeks
on Wednesday (5/9/2018). The lake level was about even with the top of the
dam. The water was medium 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. Some bluegill were along some shorelines in the main lake and
in creeks 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, Jason Smith had 4 bluegill, 7 crappie, and 1
pickerel. Steve Novak and Richard Berry had 1 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 5
crappie, 1 yellow perch, 3 pickerel, and 2 bass. Alice Anne Potts, Vince
Hughes, and Anne Potts had 1 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 8 crappie, 1 blue
cat, and 1 pickerel. Tom Porter and Capt. Bill Buck had 10 bluegill, 1
shellcracker, 5 crappie, 1 white perch, and 1 bass.