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 throughout the lake on Wednesday
(12/23/2020). The lake level was about 7 inches above the top of the dam
and the water was medium brown. Some areas in the lower lake were
relatively clear while many areas were moderately cloudy. Most areas up the
lake were somewhat less cloudy.
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, channel edges, or in channels. Most
schools were not very active, but the occasional more active fish were
hitting live minnows, small swim baits on drop shot rigs, and small blade
baits. White and yellow perch were scattered or in loose aggregates on deep
flats and channels in the main lake and when active were hitting small live
minnows, swim baits, and jigs. Larger bluegill and shellcracker were in
channels, frequently on wood cover, and were mostly inactive. When 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. 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 8 crappie, 1 white perch, 2 yellow
perch, 1 roach minnow, and 1 pickerel.