Chickahominy Lake Fishing Report – October 4

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 (10/4/2023), with water
below 5 feet in the upper 60’s. The lake level was about 4 inches above
the top of the dam. The water was light brown, clear in the top 2 feet,
slightly cloudy for the next foot, and much more cloudy for the next
several feet in the central lower 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. Some
small to medium crappies were on wood cover on deep flats and on channel
edges in the main lake and were slightly to moderately active, mostly
hitting live minnows, but also occasionally hitting tubes, curly tail
grubs, small swim baits, small Gulp minnows, and wet flies. White perch
and a few 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. Moderate numbers of small to medium
bluegills and a few shellcrackers were in loose groups on main lake
shorelines and flats during mornings and cloudy days and were moderately
active, hitting wet flies and live worms. 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 near mouths of 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, Bill Marley and Dennis York had 1 bluegill, 23
crappies, 4 white perch, and 3 largemouth bass. Jack and Dave Pong had
79 bluegills, 3 shellcrackers, 1 white perch, 1 yellow perch, and 2
largemouth bass, all on fly rods. Tom Porter had 10 bluegills, 13
crappies, and 1 largemouth bass.

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