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
(4/27/2022). The lake level was about even with the top of the dam. The
surface water was light to medium 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 scattered 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 near channel edge brush piles
in the main lake and were slightly to moderately active on sunny afternoons.
Active crappie were hitting live minnows, tubes, curly tail grubs, and small
swim baits. White 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. Some bluegill and shellcracker were on deep
flats and channel edges near brush piles, but were not very active. A few
bluegill had moved back into the major creeks, but were difficult to fish
for in many creeks due to numerous clumps of filamentous algae. Pickerel
and bass were in 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, and jerk baits.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Mickey Cleveland had 10 crappie and 1 pickerel.
Phil Brewer and Rich Dietz had 13 crappie and 1 largemouth bass. Tricia
Pearsall had 1 bluegill, 5 crappie and 1 white perch. Gene Kirsch and Tom
Witowski had 7 crappie, 1 white perch, 2 bullheads, and 1 largemouth bass.
Tom Porter had 3 bluegill, 15 crappie, I yellow perch, and 1 largemouth