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 mid to upper 60’s in the central lower lake on
Wednesday (10/21/2020). The lake level was about 6 inches above the top of
the dam and the water was light brown and very slightly cloudy in the
central lake, with much more murky water near windy shorelines.
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 or on channel edges, frequently near brush piles, and were becoming
more active with cooler water. 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 deep flats and drop-offs in the main lake and when
active were hitting small live minnows, swim baits, and jigs. Larger
bluegill and shellcracker were in 5 to 12 feet of water on channel edges,
frequently on wood cover. When active, bluegill and shellcracker were
hitting live worms, Nikko nymphs, flies, and small swimbaits. Pickerel and
bass were located along a few shorelines, around cypress trees, on flats,
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, Tom Porter had 4 bluegill, 28 crappie, 1
pickerel, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass.