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 40’s at the lower end of the lake on Tuesday
(12/29/2020), with temperatures in the high 30’s throughout the rest of the
lake. The lake level was about 8 inches above the top of the dam and the
water was medium brown. Most areas throughout the lake were at least
moderately cloudy, with some areas extremely 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 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 9 crappie and 1 white perch.