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 surface
water temperatures were in the low 70’s in the lower lake on Wednesday
(10/13/2021). The lake level was about 7 inches above the top of the dam.
The surface water was light brown and clear in the central lower lake, with
more cloudy water deeper, on windy shorelines, and in some creeks.
A few small 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. Most crappie were on deeper flats or on channel edges in the main
lake, frequently around wood cover such as brush piles or near the dam.
Active crappie were hitting live minnows, tubes, curly tail grubs, and small
swim baits. White and yellow perch were scattered or in loose aggregates on
deep flats and channel edges in the main lake, and when active were hitting
small live minnows, swim baits, and jigs. A few bluegill, shellcracker, and
flier were in creeks and on main lake shorelines and flats, with most larger
fish on flats somewhat away from the shoreline or on channel edges.
Bluegill and shellcracker were hitting live worms, wet flies, Nikko nymphs,
Wright Bait Co. 1-inch curly tail grubs, and small swimbaits. Pickerel and
bass were in the lower ends of some 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, jigs, and topwater baits.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Tricia Pearsall had 15 bluegill, 4 shellcracker,
21 crappie 1 white perch, and 2 largemouth bass. Jack and Dave Pong had 93
bluegill, 5 shellcracker, 1 yellow perch, 5 largemouth bass, all on fly
rods. Abe and John Longmire had 14 crappie and 2 white perch. Tom Porter
had 14 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 10 crappie, and 2 white perch.