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 40’s in the lower main lake and slightly
lower in the major creeks and the upper end of the lake on Wednesday
(12/11/2019). The lake level was slightly 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 some 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. Active crappie in
the upper lake were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro
curly tail 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. Most bluegill and
shellcracker had moved into channels. When active, bluegill and
shellcracker were hitting live worms and Nikko nymphs, flies, and small
swimbaits fished on drop shot rigs. Pickerel and bass were located around
cypress trees, on deep flats, and in channels. When active, bass and
pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms,
crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.