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 mid 60’s in the main lake on Wednesday (10/14/2015). The lake level was a few inches above the top of the dam. The water was dark brown and clear in the central lower lake.
Blue cats and a few bullheads were scattered throughout the lake, especially on mid-depth flats, and were hitting live minnows and cut bait. Moderate numbers of crappie were in loose schools in the main lake on deeper flats and channel edges, usually at depths of 6 to 12 feet, sometimes suspended, and frequently in the neighborhood of wood cover. Active crappie were hitting live minnows, Wright Bait Co. curlytail jigs, small tubes, Kalin crappie scrubs, small swim baits, jigging spoons, and blade baits. Some small to medium yellow perch were scattered on main lake shoreline flats and on flats in creek mouths and were hitting live minnows, small jerk baits, and small jigs. Although many bluegill had moved to mid-depths or into channels, moderate numbers of bluegill and shellcracker remained scattered along some shorelines, around cypress trees, and on weed flats just out from shorelines in the main lake. Bluegill and shellcracker were hitting live crickets and worms, flies, and small tubes and jigs. Some bass and pickerel were on lily pad flats and along shorelines in lower reaches of major creeks and in shallow bays and some shorelines in the main lake, while other bass and a few pickerel were on deeper flats and channel edges in the main lake. Bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms, and jigs, with some topwater action early and late on many days.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Karen Anderson had 44 bluegill, 1 shellcracker, 2 yellow perch, and 1 roach minnow. Capt. Bill Buck and Tom Porter had 14 bluegill, 18 crappie, 6 white perch, 2 yellow perch, and 2 pickerel.