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 high 70’s to low 80’s in the lower main lake and in
the major creeks on Wednesday (6/19/2019). The lake level was about 6
inches above the top of the dam. The water was medium brown and slightly
cloudy in the central lake, and more cloudy along some downwind shorelines.
Some blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake while others had dispersed onto flats and into creeks. When
active, cats were hitting live minnows and cut bait. Some crappie were in
creeks and along shorelines in the main lake, but most crappie were along
main lake channel edges, frequently near wood cover. 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 deep flats, drop-offs, and channels
in the main lake and in major creeks, and when active, both species were
hitting live minnows, small swim baits, and small jigs. Many small and
medium bluegill and shellcracker were scattered on flats and shorelines in
the main lake and in some creeks, while many larger bluegill and
shellcracker had spawned again on the full moon and were in clusters along
shorelines or slightly offshore in 3 to 5 feet of water. When active,
bluegill and shellcracker were hitting live worms and crickets, Nikko
nymphs, flies, and small swimbaits. Pickerel and bass were located along
shorelines (especially under duckweed patches), on flats, and on channel
edges. When active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, top waters
(especially frogs in duckweed patches), spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick
worms, crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Mickey Cleveland had 1 bluegill, 14 crappie, 16
white perch, and 1 bullhead. Jerry Davis had 18 bluegill and 1 bass.
Dianne, Wayne, and Brian Dementi had 19 crappie and 2 white perch.