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Bill Dance

Freshwater Fisherman, TV Personality

Bill Dance

Freshwater Fisherman, TV Personality

Bill Dance is an angler and the host of “Bill Dance Saltwater” on the Sportsman Channel and “Bill Dance Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel. Airing for 49 years, “Bill Dance Outdoors” is the longest-running and most popular national fishing show in the U.S. Episodes focus on various aspects of recreational fishing techniques, usually targeting largemouth and smallmouth black bass species. Occasionally, the show will focus on other species such as channel catfish — or popular panfish such as crappie and bluegill.

Host of “Bill Dance Outdoors”

BASS Angler of the Year in 1970, 1974 and 1977

23 National Bass Titles



1978 Congressional National Water Safety Award
1999 US Army Corps of Engineers Commander's Achievement Award for Water Safety
2005 National Water Safety Spokesman for the US Coast Guard

Favorite Music

Country and oldie-but-goody rock ‘n’ roll


Willie Two‑step

Proudest Moment

Watching my 4 children catch their first fish

If I weren’t a fisherman, I would be …

Just an everyday guy that would love to go fishing as often as possible

Favorite Meal

Mexican casserole

Favorite Movie

“Forrest Gump”

Favorite Boat Snack

Smoked Vienna sausage and cheese crackers

Favorite Magazine

National Geographic or Bassmaster


My granddaddy

Favorite Fishing Memory

Catching my first largemouth bass on a Jitterbug

Kid Goals


Quote to live by

Make every cast count!

Bill’S Fishing Partner

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“Panoptix is one of my favorites, and I love making my own maps with the Quickdraw Contours mapping software.“
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