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 40’s in the lower main lake on Wednesday
(12/5/2018), with similar temperatures at the upper end of the lake. The
lake level was a few inches above the top of the dam. The water was light
brown and clear in the central lake.
Blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the main
lake and 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.
Bluegill 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, Ryan Beale had 12 crappie, 2 white perch, and 1
bass. Tom Porter had 1 bluegill, 21 crappie, 4 roach minnows, and 1