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 most of the main lake on
Wednesday (2/24/2021). The water was warming from the surface down, so
shallow downwind areas in the major creeks were in the middle to high 40’s.
The lake level was about 9 inches above the top of the dam and current was
obvious in the upper end of the lake. The water was light brown and clear
to slightly cloudy in the central lower lake, and cloudiness increased
farther 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 leaving deeper main lake flats, channel edges, and channels and
beginning to move into major creeks. Active fish were hitting live minnows
and small swim baits on jigs or drop shot rigs. 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 still mostly inactive, but occasional active bluegill and
shellcracker were hitting live worms, Nikko nymphs, and small swimbaits.
Pickerel and bass were located along a few shorelines, especially near creek
mouths, and 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 1 crappie, 12 white perch, 1
yellow perch, 1 roach minnow, and 2 bass.