It’s bye week for the Golden Knights so naturally the players will find ways to escape the game and recharge. Some will spend quality family time, others will soak up the sun in Speedos (unnecessary image), and one might be chilling out on a bass boat reeling in some stripers.
Striped bass. The water is pretty clear and it’s nice and quiet. It takes you away from the Strip and the hockey life. It’s nice to get out there and refresh yourself.- William Carrier
Known for being an outdoorsman, William Carrier is an experienced angler, fishing all across the globe. Much like many people in this area, the physical forward peacefully enjoys Las Vegas’ favorite fishing hole.
Yeah, Lake Mead. I have my boat down there, my bass boat. Our schedule has been tight this season but I’ve been out on a few off days. It is really clean. I’ve been all over the world fishing and the water is really clear. Depends on where you go. If you go further out the water’s clear. You can see 40 feet deep.-Carrier
With his boat secured in a Lake Mead slip, Carrier tries to get out on the lake as much as he can. However, with limited off days and travel, he values the time he can spend casting his reel. Fishing isn’t ideal in the wintertime but there’s enough bites to jump on his bass boat and cruise.
Right now, when I go out there it takes me two hours to catch 16-20. You can find them based on water temperature and depth. Right now, those shiners are really deep because the water is cold on the surface. I’ve caught a couple of nine, ten pound Striped bass. Normally, the average is one to two pounds. It’s fun for the kids. You can go out there and catch 40 or 50 fish easily in day. If you get on a bunch of them, it’s pretty much a catch with every cast. It’s fun for guys that are just starting out.-Carrier
Carrier has learned how to navigate the lake, and always takes measures to make sure it’s a clear day. Here’s some advice that he gives often.
Check the wind. That would be the first thing I would say is check the wind. It gets bad out there on Lake Mead, I’ve had a couple of days where I was caught out there because of the wind. But it’s a fun body of water. People don’t think of Vegas that way but I’m a fisherman so I found my way around.-Carrier
I got my boat so I can just cruise around. Lake Mead is big. I’ve been out towards the canyon. It’s a two hour drive and my boat goes 60 miles a hour so it’s big.-Carrier
The practice of catching bait is some more advice he gives to local fishing enthusiasts. Buying bait isn’t the best option, so Carrier suggests what he does, catch his own. Seemingly an easy option, for an expert with an 8-foot net.
I catch my own bait. I’ve got my net and I’ll catch a bunch of bait on it. Pretty surprised you can’t buy much bait around here, I think because they keeps dying. So you have to catch your own. Minnows, shiners, you can catch them with a big net. The rule is you can only have an eight foot net. When the time is good and the time is right you can get two, three casts and fill your bucket for the day.-Carrier
The 25-year-old winger has plenty of hockey left in his career, and hopefully he’ll be with Vegas for a long time. So he can continue to enjoy Lake Mead. Once Carrier hangs up the skates, he could have a bright future as a TV fishing show host. Or even launch his own fly fishing gear, and release a PlayStation game.
Ah, I’ll think about that later.-Carrier
The avid fisherman simply enjoys the open water, when he’s not skating on it. Crashing the net and slamming the boards needs some recovery. Casting a reel, and waiting for the next nine or ten footer is Carrier’s escape.