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 70’s in the main lake and higher in the
shallows and in the creeks on Wednesday (5/26/2021). The lake level was
about even with the top of the dam. The water was light 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 and fairly active. A few 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, wood cover, or near the dam. 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. Moderate numbers of bluegill,
shellcracker, and flier were in creeks and on main lake shorelines and
flats, generally in the neighborhoods of spawning locations, and were
hitting live worms, wet flies, 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, Jerry Davis had 36 bluegill, 1 yellow perch, and
4 largemouth bass, mostly on fly rods. Alice Anne, Anne, and Glenn Potts
had 33 bluegill, 3 shellcracker, 23 crappie, 3 white perch, and 1 pickerel.
David Ross had 24 crappie, 2 white perch, 1 blue cat, 1 bullhead, and 1
largemouth bass. Tom Porter had 30 bluegill, 3 shellcracker, 11 crappie,
and 4 white perch.