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
50’s, but that was a bit misleading, since water temperatures from 2
feet below the surface to the bottom were in the middle 40’s in the
central lower lake Wednesday (2/8/2023). On days with strong sun and
little wind, the surface heats up but doesn’t mix with deeper water.
The lake level was about 1 inch above the top of the dam. The surface
water was light brown and very slightly cloudy in the central lower
lake, with much more cloudy water deeper, on windy shorelines, and in
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. A mixture of sizes of
crappie were on deeper flats or in channels in the main lake and were
slightly active. A few crappie were starting to nose around creek mouth
areas, but weren’t actively biting. Active crappie were hitting live
minnows best, but were also occasionally hitting tubes, curly tail
grubs, small swim baits, small blade baits, and small Gulp minnows.
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, and small blade baits. Most bluegill
and shellcracker were in channels in the main lake and were inactive.
Pickerel and bass were around cypress trees, on deeper flats and channel
edges, and in channels in the main lake. A few bass and pickerel were
in creek mouth areas and were starting to work their way up creeks.
When active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits,
swim baits, stick worms, crank baits, and jerk baits.
Fishing with Art Conway, Tom Porter had 1 crappie, 2 pickerel, and 1