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 high
70’s to lower 80’s in the lower lake on Wednesday (9/21/2022). The lake
level was about an inch above the top of the dam. The surface water was
light brown and very slightly cloudy 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.
Active crappie were hitting live minnows best, but were also
occasionally hitting 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.
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
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Jerry Davis had 39 bluegill, 3 shellcracker,
and 1 crappie on fly rods, and 1 largemouth bass. Jack and Dave Pong
had 77 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 1 yellow perch, 1 flathead catfish, and
1 largemouth bass on fly rods. Alice Anne and Anne Potts had 8
bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 16 crappie, 2 white perch, and 7 largemouth
bass. Tom Porter had 26 bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 12 crappie, 1 blue
catfish, and 6 largemouth bass.