Chickahominy Lake Fishing Report – July 17, 2019

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 upper 80’s to lower 90’s in the lower main lake and
in the major creeks on Wednesday (7/17/2019). The lake level was about even
with the top of the dam and the water was light to medium brown and slightly
to moderately cloudy in the central lake.

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. Early in the mornings
a few crappie were in creeks, along shorelines in the main lake, and on
flats 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. A mix of sizes of bluegill and
shellcracker were scattered on shorelines and on flats out to 3 to 5 foot
depths in the main lake and in some creeks. Another spawn occurred on the
full moon earlier this week, with most clusters a little out from the
shoreline, but most clusters appear to be dispersing today. When active,
bluegill and shellcracker were hitting live worms and crickets, Nikko
nymphs, flies, and small swimbaits. Pickerel and bass were located along
shorelines early in the morning (especially under duckweed patches), around
cypress trees, 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, Noah and Cassandra Gwizdala and Brian Dementi had
15 bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 2 crappie, 1 bullhead, and 1 pickerel. Robert
Horan had 21 bluegill, 3 crappie, and 1 white perch.

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