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 upper 60’s to lower 70’s throughout most of the
main lake on Wednesday (4/14/2021). The lake level was about 6 inches above
the top of the dam. The water was medium to dark 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.
Crappie were in multiple patterns. Moderate numbers of crappie were in
creeks and near wood cover on 3- to 6-foot flats in the upper lake, and the
males were dark indicating spawning activity. In the lower lake, most
crappie had left the upper areas in creeks and were near creek mouths and on
flats in the main lake, frequently around cypress trees or wood cover.
Active fish were hitting live minnows, tubes, curly tail grubs, and small
swim baits. White and yellow perch were scattered or in loose aggregates on
flats and channel edges in the main lake with occasional fish in creeks and
when active were hitting small live minnows, swim baits, and jigs. Some
bluegill and shellcracker were in creeks and 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, Mickey Cleveland had 1 bluegill, 4 crappie, 1
yellow perch, 1 gizzard shad, 1 pickerel, and 1 bass. Tom Porter had 29
crappie, 1 white perch, 1 blue cat, and 1 bass.