Chickahominy River

Chickahominy River Map, Virginia

ATTN ANGLERS – The fishing catwalk access area on Walker’s Dam is closed due to boat lock failure. No one is allowed on the dam or near the boat lock structure. Anglers can still launch boats at the Rockahock Marina’s boat ramp. Boat anglers should not tie their boats to the dam. Shore bound anglers can try their luck from various spots on the bank. Additional access may be attained from one of the boat piers if marina staff grants permission.

With broad expanses of open marshes, cypress trees along much of its shoreline, and a diversity of fish species to choose from, the Chickahominy River provides the angler with tidal river fishing at its finest.

This river supports a nationally recognized largemouth bass fishery, and in recent years anglers have been reporting excellent bass fishing in the tidal Chickahominy. Generally anglers can expect good numbers of largemouth in the 1 – 3 pound range, with relatively few largemouth weighing over 5 pounds. This fishery is characterized by high angler catches. Of all Virginia tidal rivers, the tidal Chickahominy typically has the highest largemouth catch rates.

The spring herring run has been a tradition for many years at Walkers Dam. Unfortunately angler access to the dam is closed at this time – no fishing from the dam. This is because of ongoing repairs, which will take years to complete. Even with closure of the dam, the river herring run continues to draw many anglers who fish in areas below the dam each spring from late March through early May. During the peak of the run, armed with bare gold hooks, small spoons, or shad darts anglers can land an abundance of these unique fish.

Yellow perch, white perch, and black crappie all provide excellent fishing. Yellow perch can be found along the edges of grass beds, whereas crappie fishing is best around structure on steep channel drop-offs. Other species available to anglers include: chain pickerel, bowfin, blue catfish and channel catfish. Common carp and long-nose gar are large and plentiful; several anglers who enjoy a good fight have learned to capitalize on these under-utilized species.

Information Gathered from Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.