Famous for hosting the Outdoor Channel's Bill Dance Saltwater program and the NBC Sports program Bill Dance Outdoors, this bass angler is also well known for his BillDanceFishing YouTube channel, which features bloopers from his television shows.
He became a competitive fisherman after witnessing a motorcycle crash and subsequently abandoning his plans to become a physician.
During the 1970s, he won three B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year titles. In 1986, having won multiple National Bass Fishing contests, he was inducted into the National Freshwater Hall of Fame.
He spent his youth in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and later settled in Eads, Tennessee, with his wife Dianne and his children Bill, Paul, Patrick, and Pamela.
He and Michael Iaconelli are both champion bass fishermen.