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 60’s in the main lake and in the creeks on
Wednesday (5/12/2021). The lake level was about even with the top of the
dam. The water was medium brown and very slightly cloudy in the central
lower lake, with more cloudy water on windy shorelines and in some creeks.
Most blue cats and bullheads were on flats, along drop-offs, and in channels
in the main lake, and when active, were hitting live minnows and cut bait.
Crappie were in multiple patterns. Some crappie were in creeks, usually in
deeper areas near wood cover. Other crappie were near creek mouths and on
flats or channel edges in the main lake, frequently around cypress trees or
wood cover. A few crappie were scattered on shoreline flats in the man
lake. 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, shellcracker, and flier were in creeks and on main
lake shorelines and flats and were hitting live worms, Nikko nymphs, Wright
Bait Co. 1-inch curly tail grubs, 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, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Mickey Cleveland had 11 crappie, 2 white perch, 1
blue cat, and 1 largemouth bass. Abe and John Longmire had 11 bluegill, 2
shellcracker, 2 crappie, 1 white perch, 1 bullhead, and 1 blue cat. Jeff
and Brian Boberick had 1 bluegill, 13 crappie, and 1 white perch. Tom
Porter had 14 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 10 crappie, 1 white perch, 2 yellow
perch, 1 pickerel, and 2 largemouth bass.