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 middle to high 70’s in the main lake on Wednesday
(6/27/2018). The lake level was about ten inches above the top of the dam.
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 larger bluegill and shellcracker were slightly away from
the shoreline and were in 2 to 8 feet of water, sometimes on brushpiles or
near floating islands or cypress trees, and were hitting live worms and
crickets, flies, Nikko nymphs, and small swimbaits. Some larger bluegills
were clustered, possibly spawning during the full moon. 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, Bill Marley and Charles Simmons had 28 bluegill,
6 crappie, 1 blue cat, 1 bullhead, and 1 gar. Karen Anderson had 61
bluegill, 1 yellow perch, and 2 warmouth. Tom Porter had 34 bluegill, 1
shellcracker, 9 crappie, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass.