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 40’s to low 50’s throughout most of the main
lake on Wednesday (3/3/2021). The lake level was about 7 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 in deeper areas were
hitting live minnows and small swim baits on jigs or drop shot rigs, while
long line trolling with tubes or curly tail jigs was effective in creeks.
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, Ivan Alger had 3 crappie, 2 yellow perch (1 a 12
inch citation), and 1 pickerel. Tricia Pearsall had 3 crappie, 33 white
perch, 3 pickerel, and 2 bass. Tom Porter had 2 crappie, 6 white perch, 1
yellow perch, 2 pickerel, and 1 bass.