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 middle 50’s throughout most of the main lake on
Monday (3/22/2021), with higher temperatures in major creeks. The lake
level was about 5 inches above the top of the dam. The water was medium
brown and clear to slightly cloudy in the central lower lake.
Most blue cats and bullheads were along flats, 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 moving into major creeks. Moderate numbers of crappie were in
creeks over the past week, but sizes of fish were quite good as has been
typical of early fish in the creeks. Active fish in deeper areas were
hitting live minnows and small swim baits on jigs or drop shot rigs, while
live minnows, long line trolling, or bobbers with tubes or curly tail jigs
were effective in creeks. White and yellow perch were scattered or in loose
aggregates on deep flats and channels in the main lake and in some shallows
at the upper end of the 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 in creeks and around
cypress trees, on flats, and on channel edges in the main lake. 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, Bob Horan had 10 crappie.