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 mid 60’s in the lower main lake on Wednesday
(11/7/2018), with slightly lower temperatures at the upper end of the lake.
The lake level was about 3 inches above the top of the dam. The water was
light brown and clear to slightly cloudy in the central lake, and quite
murky on downwind shorelines.
Blue cats and bullheads were scattered on flats, along drop-offs, and in
channels in the main lake and in some creeks and were hitting live minnows
and cut bait. Most crappie were on deeper flats, on drop-offs and in
channels in the main lake, especially near wood cover. Activity varied,
with active crappie 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. A very few small bluegill were
still scattered along shorelines on sunny days, while larger bluegill and
shellcracker were away from the shoreline, usually on the deeper edges of
flats or along drop-offs in 4 to 12 feet of water, frequently on brushpiles.
Bluegill were hitting live worms, flies, Nikko nymphs, and small swimbaits.
Some bass and pickerel were along shorelines, but most bass and pickerel
were 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 7 bluegill, 3 crappie, 2 yellow
perch, and 3 bass.