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
70’s in the central lower lake on Wednesday (5/17/2023), with
temperatures in the 60’s below 15 feet. The lake level was about 3
inches above the top of the dam. The water was light brown and very
slightly cloudy at the surface in the central lower lake, but had a much
more cloudy layer below 2 feet in many areas of the lake.
A few small blue cats, channel cats, and bullheads were scattered on
flats, along drop-offs, and in channels in the main lake and in some
creeks, and when active were hitting live minnows and cut bait. A
mixture of sizes of crappie were on wood cover on deep flats and on
channel edges in the main lake and a few creeks and were moderately
active, hitting live minnows moderately well, but also occasionally
hitting tubes, curly tail grubs, small swim baits, small Gulp minnows,
and wet flies. White and yellow perch were scattered or in loose
aggregates on deep flats, channel edges, and in channels in the main
lake and in a few creeks, and when active were hitting small baits
including live minnows, Gulp minnows, and swim baits. Some bluegill
were scattered in creeks and on main lake shorelines and were moderately
active, hitting wet flies and live worms. Some really nice
shellcrackers have occasionally been in some creeks for the past several
weeks. Some pickerel and largemouth bass were around cypress trees, on
flats, and on channel edges in the main lake. Other bass and pickerel
were in channels, on flats, or near shoreline cover in major creeks.
When active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits,
swim baits, stick worms, crank baits, and jerk baits.
Fishing with Art Conway, Tricia Pearsall had 9 bluegills, 3 crappies, 1
yellow perch, and 2 largemouth bass. Alice Anne Potts, her Mom Anne,
and Amy Hogge had 17 bluegills, 9 crappies, and 1 bowfin. Sandra
Rothrock had 21 bluegills, 9 crappies, and 2 yellow perch.