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 low to
middle 60’s in the lower lake on Wednesday (10/12/2022). The lake level
was about even with 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 3 feet 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.
Some crappie were in channels. 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, channel edges, and in channels 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, frequently near brush piles in the main lake, but
were not very active. A few bluegill and shellcracker were in loose
clusters on shorelines or near-shoreline flats in the main lake and were
moderately active, but were somewhat difficult to fish for on some
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 wet 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 Art Conway, Mickey Cleveland had 6 crappie, 1 white perch,
and 2 largemouth bass. Jack and Dave Pong had 38 bluegill, 1
shellcracker, 1 channel cat, and 1 blue cat, all on fly tackle. Tom
Porter had 16 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 4 crappie, 5 white perch, 1
yellow perch, 1 bowfin, 1 pickerel, and 1 largemouth bass.