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 middle 60’s in the lower main lake and in the major
creeks on Wednesday (10/30/2019). The lake level was about 5 inches above
the top of the dam and the water was light brown and very slightly cloudy to
clear 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 or main lake shoreline flats, especially on sunny days.
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 small live minnows, swim baits, and 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, Hudson Reese and Bobby Hall had 6 bluegill, 10
crappie, 38 white perch, 1 blue cat, 1 pickerel, and 1 bass. Dorothy and
Harold Walker had 10 bluegill, 3 shellcracker, 1 crappie, 10 white perch, 1
channel cat, and 1 bass. Randy Wicott had 13 bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 1
crappie, 21 white perch, 2 yellow perch, and 1 bullhead. Tom Porter had 5
bluegill, 31 crappie, 1 white perch, 1 blue cat, 1 channel cat, and 3 bass.