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 central lower main lake and in
the lower 50’s in many shallows, in the upper main lake, and in the major
creeks on Tuesday (12/31/2019). The lake level was about even with the top
of the dam and the water was light 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 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 and were inactive. When occasionally
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.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Marlon Clayton and his Mom Mairlyn had 10
crappie. Tom Porter had 5 crappie, 13 white perch, and 2 pickerel.