Originally Posted by bassboy15
Would it be worth it to kayak fish Rock Creek?
I have never fished it and am unfamiliar with depths, hazards, etc.
OK there is a great way to run Rock Creek, but there is a way to finesse it. The short story is that you put in on Shell Road and take out at Deselm Road. The stretch of the creek that goes through the canyon eg from Deselm Road to the river is not runnable except in flood conditions (more on that below).
Shell Road put in HERE
Deselm Road take out HERE
Downstream of Deselm Road, the creek becomes too shallow to navigate so you would be walking the Kayak alot. and particularly in the canyon area near the walking bridge in Sha-Wa-Na-See campground, the midstream rocks arelarge and hard to walk on,
Further, the falls is not navigable except when flooding. So take out at Deselm Road!
Now for flooding conditions.
I have run Rock Creek during flash floods, putting in at Deselm and attempting to take out at the river.
This is very dangerous because the canyon nature of the area leaves no room for error or recovery. Worse yet, it is near impossible to take out downstream by the river because it is running too fast. Instead, you will be thrust into dangerous conditions with the Devils Hole undertoe sucking like the Chicago Cubs. You stay in your raft and make for Warner Bridge, Thats where we took out. I will never do that again.
Lastly, in the stretch from Shell Road to Deselm Road, there are plenty opportunities for fishing. I would use small trout spinners to stick some red-eye rock bass. Larger bass will not be in Rock Creek except to spawn and us vigilantes patrol during the spring spawn to make sure no one is interrupting their beds.