Chickahominy Lake Fishing Report – October 23, 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 low 60’s in the lower main lake and in the major
creeks on Wednesday (10/23/2019). The lake level was about 4 inches above
the top of the dam and the water was light brown and very slightly cloudy in
the central lake, with some cloudy water along downwind shorelines.

Some blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake while others were dispersed onto flats and into creeks. Some cats
were suspended rather than holding near the bottom. When active, cats were
hitting live minnows and cut bait. Most crappie were along main lake
channel edges or in channels, frequently near wood cover, but a few were
around creek mouths. 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 when
active, both species were hitting live minnows, small swim baits, and small
jigs. A few bluegill and shellcracker were still scattered on a few
shorelines and on flats out to 3 to 5 foot depths in the main lake, but most
had moved to deeper flats or into channels. 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 and hydrilla mats), around cypress trees,
on flats, and on channel edges and in channels. When active, bass and
pickerel were hitting live minnows, top waters (especially frogs in duckweed
and floating hydrilla patches), spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms, crank
baits, jerk baits, and jigs.

Fishing with Capt. Conway, Bill Marley and Lee Bensey had 2 crappie, 1 white
perch, 3 blue cats, and 1 bass. David Ross had 12 bluegill, 3 crappie, 3
white perch, 1 blue cat, and 2 bass. Karen Anderson and Carolyn Conway had
23 bluegill, 5 shellcracker, 5 crappie, 1 white perch, 1 blue cat, and 1
bass. Tom Porter had 9 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 7 crappie, 13 white perch,
2 blue cats, and 3 bass.

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