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 mid-
40’s in the central lower lake and lower up the lake on Wednesday
(1/3/2024). The lake level was about 8 inches above the top of the dam.
The water was light brown, slightly cloudy in the top 6 inches,
increasingly cloudy for the next foot, and quite murky for the next
several feet in the central lower lake.
We appear to be in winter patterns, since the water has been in the 40’s
for the last few weeks. A few small blue cats, channel cats, and
bullheads have been scattered on flats, along drop-offs, and in channels
in the main lake and in some creeks, and when active have been hitting
live minnows and cut bait. Occasional small to medium crappies have
been on wood cover on deep flats and on channel edges in the main lake,
but most crappies have been in deeper areas in channels. Crappies have
been relatively inactive, but when active have been hitting live
minnows, Gulp minnows and Gulp Fry, and occasionally hitting tubes,
curly tail grubs, small swim baits, and wet flies. White perch and a
few yellow perch have been scattered or in loose aggregates on deep
flats, channel edges, and in channels in the main lake, and when active
have been hitting small baits including live minnows, Gulp minnows and
Fry, and swim baits. Small bluegills have been in channels and have
usually been inactive, but occasionally hitting small Gulp baits on
dropshot rigs. Some pickerel and largemouth bass have been on flats and
on channel edges in the main lake. When active, bass and pickerel have
been hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms, crank
baits, and jerk baits.
Fishing with Art Conway, Tom Porter had 25 crappies.