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 high 50’s to low 60’s in the main lake on Wednesday (10/21/2015). The lake level was about even with the top of the dam. The water was medium brown and very slightly cloudy in the central lower lake.
Blue cats and a few bullheads were scattered throughout the lake, but were starting to move toward the channels, 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 most bluegill had moved to mid-depth wood cover or into channel edges, a few nice 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, small blade baits, 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, crank baits, jerk baits, and jigs, with some topwater action early and late on many days.
Fishing with Capt. Conway, Ross Alfonso and Ryan Ladd had 2 bluegill, 22 crappie, 1 white perch, and 1 pickerel. Tom Porter had 7 bluegill, 2 shellcracker, 15 crappie, and 1 white perch.