Family Members: (Wife) Dianne; (Children) Bill, Jr., Paul, Patrick and Pamela
Tournament Information: 23 National Bass Titles; Bassmaster Classic Qualifier 8 out of 9 years and finished 2nd in 1973. Three time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year – 1970, 1974 & 1977. Of 78 total B.A.S.S. entries, finished 64 times in the money. 7 wins, 8 times runner up, 6 third place, 40 top ten finishes (51% of tournaments entered) and 51 top 20 finishes (65%). In first 11 tournaments, was only out of the top 7 once. Won 7 of the first 17 events entered (41%).
• Retired from competition in 1980 at the age of 39.
• Credited with catching the first bass in B.A.S.S. history.
• Credited with popularizing the “Carolina Rig”.
Other Awards: 1978 Congressional National Water Safety Award (Past Recipients: Lloyd Bridges and Jacques Cousteau); US Army Corps of Engineers Commander's Achievement Award for Water Safety, 1999. Inductee: National Freshwater Hall of Fame, 1986, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, 2001, and International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, 2006. National Water Safety Spokesman for the US Coast Guard, 2005. Male Professional Athlete of the Year, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 2006. President’s Award, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
Favorite Lake: Pickwick Lake, TN – Biggest Fish: (Bass) 14 lbs. 1 oz
Television Career: "Bill Dance Outdoors" has aired since 1968 with over 2000 shows in its history. Bill has produced over 36 educational videos and 12 audio educational tapes on a variety of subjects. His 4 hilarious out-take shows or "Bloopers" have been aired all over the world.
List of Current Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats, Nitro Boats, Mako Boats, Stren, Mercury Marine, Millenium Marine, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Mystik Lubricants, Pradco Lures, Heddon, Bomber, Excalibur, Yum, Arbogast, Rebel, Cordell, Zebco/Quantum Corporation, Garmin International, Tennessee Department of Tourism, Rugged Shark Shoes, Solar Bat Sunglasses, JL Marine/Power Pole, Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau and Frost Cutlery.
Books: Bill has written seven books; Practical Black Bass Fishing; There He Is (The Art of Plastic Worm Fishing); Techniques on Bass Fishing; and Bass N’ Objects, Bill Dance on Crappie, Bill Dance on Largemouth Bass and most recently, IGFA's 101 Freshwater Fishing Tips & Tricks. His articles have been published in most major outdoor magazines including Sports Afield, Field & Stream, Bassmasters, Outdoor Life, etc.
Newspapers: Over many years, Bill’s accomplishments, techniques and uncommon fishing savvy have been regularly publicized by the outdoor editors of most metropolitan daily newspapers across North America. It still happens today and Bill is a monthly columnist for Mid-South Hunting and Fishing News.
Promotional Work: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, Dreams Come True, Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center, Catch a Dream Foundation, Oudoor Dream Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Children’s Museum, Ducks Unlimited, Sea World, Cypress Gardens, U.S. Forest Services, Tennessee Department of Tourism, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Florida Game & Fish, Arizona Game & Fish, Mississippi Game & Fish, Louisiana Game & Fish, Alabama Game & Fish, Arkansas Game & Fish and Texas Parks & Wildlife, Sara Lee, Kroger Food Chains, Tyson Foods, Evan Williams Distillery, Anheuser-Busch, Du Pont (Agri Division), Banquet Foods, Underwood Meats, Bryan Foods, Keebler Company, Napa Auto Parts, Rancho Shocks, Auto Zone, and Champion Spark Plugs.