Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service (804-746-2475) out of Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported that Chickahominy Lake mid-day water temperatures were in the low 60’s in the main lake and the low to mid 60’s in the major creeks on Wednesday (4/8/2015). The lake level was a few inches above the top of the dam. The water was light to moderately brown and slightly cloudy in the lower lake.
Blue cats were scattered throughout the lake and creeks and were hitting live minnows. Crappies were in several different patterns and were biting moderately aggressively. A fair number of crappie were in schools in the main lake on flats near creek mouths, usually at depths of 5 to 8 feet. Some crappie were on shallow to mid-depth wood cover in the main lake and in major creeks. A few crappie were in the major creeks scattered along the channels. A moderate number of crappie were aggregated near spawning areas, usually in creeks. Active crappie were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co. curlytail jigs, small tubes, small swim baits, and small suspending jerk baits. Some very nice yellow perch were in loose aggregates in some creeks and hitting live minnows and small jigs. Some bass and pickerel were on lily pad flats in the creeks and in shallow bays in the main lake and were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, and jigs.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Linda and Bill Clark had 21 crappie, I pickerel, 1 bass, and 1 painted turtle. Steve Novak had 16 crappie, 1 yellow perch, and 2 bass. Tom Porter had 27 crappie and 2 pickerel.