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 80’s in the main lake on Wednesday
(9/12/2018). The lake level was about 8 inches above the top of the dam.
The water was medium brown and moderately cloudy in the central lake.
Several floating islands and large hydrilla mats had floated free in the
rising water and were drifting in the main 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 on flats, on drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake, especially near wood cover. 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 when active were hitting live
minnows, small swim baits, and small jigs. Small to medium bluegill were
scattered along shorelines, and some larger bluegill and shellcracker were
slightly away from the shoreline in 2 to 8 feet of water, sometimes on
brushpiles or near floating islands or cypress trees. Bluegill were hitting
live worms and crickets, 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 46 bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 10
crappie, 1 roach minnow, 2 blue cats, and 3 bass.