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 throughout the lake on Wednesday
(12/9/2020). The lake level was about 8 inches above the top of the dam and
the water was medium brown and very cloudy in the lower lake, with somewhat
less cloudy water up the lake.
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 channels,
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. 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, David Ross had 3 crappie, 7 white perch, and 2
roach minnows. Tom Porter had 11 crappie and 2 pickerel.