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 to middle 50’s (with cooler water below 5
feet) in the lower lake on Wednesday (11/17/2021). The lake level was about
even with 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. Mixed sizes of crappie were on deep flats or in channels in the
main lake, frequently at channel edges near the bottoms of drop-offs.
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 when active 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 deeper flats, and in channels 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 2 bluegill, 18 crappie, and 2
white perch. Jerry Davis had 10 crappie, 5 white perch, and 2 pickerel.
Steve and Mark Austin had 2 crappie, 2 white perch, 2 blue cats, and 1
largemouth bass. Tom Porter had 23 crappie, 10 white perch, 2 pickerel, and
3 largemouth bass.