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 40’s in most areas in the lake channel on
Monday (2/3/2020), with higher water temperatures in shallow flats and
creeks. 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.
Most blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake, but some were on flats. When active, cats were hitting live
minnows and cut bait. Some crappie were still along main lake channel edges
or in channels, frequently near wood cover, but others were moving into
warmer water in the creeks. Crappie were becoming more active, and when
active 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, fliers, 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 mostly located
around cypress trees, on deep flats, and in channels, but some were along
shorelines and in creeks on sunny days. 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, Tom Porter had 2 fliers and 17 crappie.