Art Conway (804-514-1486) out of Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported that
Chickahominy Lake mid-day surface water temperatures were in the middle
80’s in the lower lake on Wednesday (8/31/2022). The lake level was
about 1 inch below 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. The cloudy layer below
about 1 foot was visibly olive green and was probably an algal bloom.
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. A
few crappie were in creek channels and were moderately active. 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, small lipless crankbaits, and jigs.
Some bluegill and shellcracker were on deep flats and channel edges near
brush piles in the main lake, but were not very active. Other bluegill
and shellcracker were in loose clusters on shorelines or near-shoreline
flats in the main lake and in the major creeks and were moderately
active, but were somewhat difficult to fish for in many creeks and
shorelines in the main lake due to numerous clumps of filamentous algae.
Bluegill hanging around cypress trees on sunny days were moderately
active. Active bluegill were hitting live worms and crickets, Nikko
nymphs, Wright Bait Co. 1-inch curly tail grubs, and flies. 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, Jerry Davis had 26 bluegill, 7 shellcracker,
and 2 largemouth bass, all on fly rods. Fergie and Will Ferguson and
Brian Dementi had 8 crappie and 9 largemouth bass. Yukie and Adam
Nemethy had 1 bluegill, 9 crappie, 1 yellow perch, 1 white perch, and 5
largemouth bass. Tom Porter had 14 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 16
crappie, 1 yellow perch, 2 blue cats, and 5 largemouth bass.