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 (down about 10 degrees since last
Friday, now slowly rising again) in the main lake and creeks on Wednesday
(6/2/2021). The lake level was about an inch above the top of the dam (up 6
inches since last Friday, then back down). The water was light brown and
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 such as brush piles, 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 scattering out deeper from 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, Luke, Scott, and Barton Schafer had 84 bluegill,
3 shellcracker, 13 crappie, and 1 largemouth bass. Robert Thomas and Art
Girard had 34 bluegill, 4 shellcracker, and 1 largemouth bass, all on fly
rods. Carolyn Conway had 25 bluegill. Tom Porter had 17 bluegill, 23
crappie, and 1 largemouth bass.