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 high 30’s to 40 in the lower part of the lake and
in the mid 30’s in the upper part of the lake and in the creeks on Wednesday
(1/22/2020). The creeks and bays throughout the lake were iced over, but
the main channel was open to above the second no wake zone. The lake level
was about 2 inches over the top of the dam and the water was light brown and
moderately cloudy in the central lake.
Most blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake. 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. Crappie were inactive on Wednesday, but when active before the
rapid drop in water temperature, 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. White perch were scattered or
in loose aggregates on deep flats, drop-offs, and channels in the main lake
and when active 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, blade baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway on Wednesday, Tom Porter had 2 white perch and 2