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Fishing report: Nov. 11
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Fishing Report

Fishing report: Nov. 11

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Capt. Art Conway of Conway’s River Rat Guide Service out of Ed Allen’s Boats and Bait reported that Chickahominy Lake midday surface water temperatures were in the middle to upper 50s — with cooler water below five feet — in the lower lake on Wednesday. The lake level was about two inches above the top of the dam. The surface water was light brown and clear in the central lower lake, with more cloudy water deeper, on windy shorelines and in some creeks.

A few small blue cats and bullheads were on flats, along drop-offs and in channels in the main lake. When active, they were hitting live minnows and cut bait. Most larger crappie were on deeper flats or on channel edges in the main lake, but they could also be frequently found around wood cover such as brush piles or near the dam. Numerous small and a few larger crappie were in channels. Active crappie were hitting live minnows, tubes, curly tail grubs and small swim baits.

White and yellow perch were scattered or in loose aggregates on deep flats and channel edges in the main lake, and when active were hitting small live minnows, swim baits and jigs. Most bluegill and shellcracker were on channel edges or in channels. They hit on live worms, wet flies, Nikko nymphs, Wright Bait Co. 1-inch curly tail grubs and small swimbaits. Pickerel and bass were in the lower ends of some creeks and around cypress trees, on flats and on channel edges in the main lake. When active, bass and pickerel were hitting live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms, crank baits, jerk baits, jigs and topwater baits.

Fishing with Capt. Conway: Karen Anderson had six crappie; Tom Porter had 13 crappie, seven bluegill, three white perch, and one each shellcracker and largemouth bass.

— Compiled by Lily Betts

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