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 low 70’s in the central lower lake and major creeks
on Wednesday (6/17/2020), down more than 10 degrees in the last week. The
lake level was 10 to 12 inches above the top of the dam and the water was
light brown and slightly cloudy in the central lake.
Many blue cats and bullheads were along drop-offs and in channels in the
main lake, but some were on flats and in creeks. When active, cats were
hitting live minnows and cut bait. Most crappie were on deeper main lake
flats near creek mouths or on channel edge brush piles, but a few were on
deeper shorelines with wood cover. Active crappie were hitting live
minnows, Wright Bait Co. and Southern Pro curly tail jigs, small tubes,
Kalin crappie scrubs, and small swim baits. White and yellow perch were
scattered or in loose aggregates on flats and drop-offs in the main lake and
creeks and when active were hitting small live minnows, swim baits, and
jigs. Moderate numbers of bluegill, fliers, and shellcracker were along
main lake shorelines and in the lower areas of major creeks, in loose
schools holding around wood cover or vegetation. When active, bluegill and
shellcracker were hitting live worms and Nikko nymphs, flies, and small
swimbaits. Pickerel and bass were located around cypress trees, on flats,
along shorelines, and on channel edges, especially near the mouths of
creeks. When active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows,
spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms, crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Bill Marley and Bob Humphrey had 7 crappie.
Billy and Bill Kain had 14 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 1 crappie, 4 blue cats,
and 1 bass. Alice Anne and Anne Potts had 22 bluegill, 5 shellcracker, 1
yellow perch, and 2 bass. Mike Carruth and his granddaughter Hailey Stedman
had 44 bluegill and 1 crappie.