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 middle to upper 50’s (with cooler water below
5 feet) in the lower lake on Wednesday (11/10/2021). The lake level was
about 2 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 larger 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. Numerous small and a few larger crappie were in channels. 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. Most bluegill and shellcracker were on
channel edges or in channels, 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 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, Karen Anderson had 6 crappie. Tom Porter had 7
bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 13 crappie, 3 white perch, and 1 largemouth bass.