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 50’s in the central lower lake on Wednesday
(11/25/2020). The lake level was about even with the top of the dam and the
water was medium brown and clear in the central lake, with much more murky
water near windy shorelines.
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 on deeper main lake flats or on channel edges, frequently near
brush piles, and some schools were moderately active. 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 channel edges
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, and were mostly inactive.
When they have been active, bluegill and shellcracker were hitting live
worms, Nikko nymphs, 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, topwaters, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, John and Abe Longmire had 16 crappie and 1
pickerel. Tricia Pearsall had 1 bluegill, 4 fliers, 32 crappie, and 1
pickerel. Tom Porter had 1 bluegill, 22 crappie, 1 white perch, 3 roach
minnows, and 1 pickerel.