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 40’s in the lower main lake on Wednesday
(12/12/2018), with lower temperatures at the upper end of the lake and up
the creeks. The lake level was a few inches above the top of the dam. The
water was light brown and clear in the central lake. The creeks were iced
over, and the shoreline in the lower lake and most of the upper lake was
covered with slushy ice.
Blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the main
lake and when active were hitting live minnows and cut bait. Most crappie
were 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,
blade baits, and small swim baits. Yellow and white perch were scattered or
in loose aggregates on deep flats, drop-offs, and channels in the main lake,
and when active were hitting live minnows, small swim baits, and small jigs.
Most bluegill and shellcracker were along drop-offs or in channels and when
active were hitting live worms, Nikko nymphs, and small swimbaits. Some
bass and pickerel were along shorelines on sunny days, 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
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Bill Marley had 1 crappie and 2 nice blue cats.
Randy Wicott had 2 bluegill, 7 crappie, and 1 roach minnow.