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
60’s in the lower lake on Wednesday (10/19/2022). The lake level was
about an inch below 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 2 feet was visibly olive green and was probably
an algal bloom.
A few small blue cats, channel 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 larger 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 and were moderately active. A few larger bluegill and shellcracker
were in loose clusters on shorelines, on near-shoreline flats, or
suspended over channel edges in the main lake and were moderately
active. Active bluegill were hitting live worms and crickets, Nikko
nymphs, Wright Bait Co. 1-inch curly tail grubs, wet flies, and small
swim baits. Pickerel and bass were in creeks and around cypress trees,
on deeper flats and channel edges, 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 Art Conway, Brian Dementi, Wayne Dementi, and Ben Harris
had 1 shellcracker, 5 crappie, and 1 largemouth bass. Phil Brewer and
Melanie Bayford had 8 crappie, 2 white perch, 2 channel cats, and 2
largemouth bass. Tom Porter had 11 bluegill, 2 crappie, 2 blue cats, 1
striped bass, and 1 largemouth bass.