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 main lake on Wednesday (1/16/2019).
The lake level was about five inches above the top of the dam. The water
was light brown and clear to very slightly cloudy in the central lake.
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 the occasional 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 tentatively hitting live worms, Nikko
nymphs, and small swimbaits. Some bass and pickerel were along shorelines
on sunny days, but most were on deeper flats, along drop-offs, or in
channels in the main lake and occasionally in creeks. When active, bass and
pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms,
crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.