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 70’s in the main lake and higher in the
creeks on Wednesday (5/5/2021). 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
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. Bluegill, shellcracker, and flier were starting to filter back into
creeks and onto main lake shorelines 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, Tricia Pearsall had 7 bluegill, 4 shellcracker, 1
flier, and 12 crappie. Ed Ledzinski, John Keck and Adam Nemethy had 1
bluegill, 2 flier, and 10 crappie. Tom Porter had 26 bluegill, 3
shellcracker, 3 flier, 12 crappie, 1 white perch, 1 citation yellow perch,
and 2 largemouth bass.