Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance have announced a new initiative to enhance and showcase the lakes of Tennessee, increase visitation and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Iconic lakes from Bill Dance.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the State of Tennessee to invest $ 15 million in above and below water improvements in 18 lakes that bear the Fishing Legend Dance seal of approval .
Residents of Tennessee will benefit from increased stocking, habitat and fisheries management, as well as improved access to fishing and boating. Collaborative effort between the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development aims to consolidate Tennessee as the heart of Southeast fishing and boost activity economic throughout the state.
Tennessee is home to half a million acres of lakes and 1.7 million people who fish according to the American Sportfishing Association. Bill Dance Signature Lakes reaches 39 counties, 22 of which are at risk or in economic difficulty, and is an important step in helping these communities create new sources of income through increased visits. Fishing generates an economic impact of $ 1.2 billion per year and supports 7,480 jobs statewide.
This initiative to improve public facilities and habitat in Tennessee’s lakes comes at an important time as many riverside communities across the state were devastated by inclement weather over the weekend.
âBill Dance is a tremendous advocate for our rural Tennessee communities and we are delighted to partner with him,â Governor Lee said. âBill Dance Signature Lakes underscore the importance of lakeside tourism with premier fishing opportunities and we believe this project is particularly important as communities recover from recent storms. “
âI am incredibly touched and thrilled to be part of such a worthwhile project that will benefit so many people and our natural resources in my great home state of Tennessee,â said Bill Dance. “You can bet your favorite lure, this project will definitely have a ripple effect for a very long time, providing not only the weekend angler but also tournament anglers wonderful fishing, thanks to the great condition. from Tennessee and my friends at TWRA. “
Bill Dance Signature Lakes includes nine large tanks with a proven track record of quality fishing for a variety of fish. In partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the reservoirs will receive new or improved better quality ramps to improve public access for recreational fishermen and anglers.
Each of the 18 lakes will see above-water improvements such as courtesy docks, ample parking, additional access points, fishing docks, and signage, to name a few. Several smaller lakes, many of which are located in Tennessee State Parks, will be intensively managed by TWRA for Bill Dance-approved family fishing with regular socks to ensure the best chance of success.
Each lake has been selected by partner agencies and Bill Dance for its ability to be a destination fishing spot and to offer quality fishing pleasure to avid anglers as well as families.
Approved by Bill Dance Outdoors, projects are slated to begin in 2022 and be nearing completion by fall 2024.
The Bill Dance Signature Lakes at launch are as follows:
- 1000 Acre Lake, Huntington, TN (Carroll County)
- Brown’s Creek Lake, Natchez Trace (Henderson County)
- Chickamauga Lake, Harrison Bay State Park and Chester Frost Park (Hamilton County, Rhea County, Meigs County, McMinn County and Bradley County)
- Dale Hollow Lake, North Central TN (Clay County, Pickett County, Fentress County and Overton County)
- Douglas Lake, East TN (Jefferson County, Sevier County and Cocke County)
- Fall Creek Falls Lake, Fall Creek Falls State Park (Van Buren County)
- Herb Parsons Lake (Fayette County)
- Kentucky Lake, Paris Landing State Park (Henry County, Stewart County, Houston County, Benton County, Decatur County, Perry County, and Humphreys County)
- Acorn Lake, Montgomery Bell State Park (Dickson County)
- Woodhaven Lake, Montgomery Bell State Park (Dickson County)
- Norris Lake, northeast Tennessee (Anderson County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Grainger County, and Union County)
- Old Hickory Lake, Middle TN (Sumner and Davidson counties)
- Pickwick Lake, Pickwick Landing State Park (Hardin County)
- Pin Oak Lake, Natchez Trace State Park (Henderson County)
- Reelfoot Lake, Reelfoot Lake State Park (Lake County and Obion County)
- Tim’s Ford Lake, Tim’s Ford State Park (Franklin County and Moore County)
- Travis McNatt Lake, Big Hill Pond State Park (McNairy County)
- Watauga Lake, NE Tennessee (Johnson and Carter Counties)
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About Bill Dance
Bill Dance, the first professional bass fishing superstar, taught generations how to fish. Dance began participating – and winning – in bass tournaments in the early 1960s. With over 2,000 shows to his name since 1968, he has trained millions of fishing enthusiasts as a host and producer of âBill Dance Outdoorsâ and âBill Dance Saltwater, which airs on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, respectively.
From its production studio in Collierville, Tennessee, Dance oversees a fishing empire that includes its television shows, gear recommendations, hands-on seminars and a series of popular âblooperâ videos. Dance has written seven books and his articles have been published in Sports abroad, Field and flow, Bassmasters, Outdoor living, and more. Dance’s accomplishments, techniques and fishing flair have been recognized with countless awards, including 23 National BASS titles, three-time BASS Angler of the Year, 40 top ten and eight Bassmaster Classic Qualifiers.
In 2021, Dance received her honorary doctorate from the University of Tennessee for her outstanding contributions to sport. Country superstar Luke Bryan also celebrated fishing legend in 2021 with the release of an ode titled âBill Danceâ. For more than five decades, Bill Dance served as Ambassador to the State of Tennessee, always filmed or photographed wearing his orange and white University of Tennessee cap.