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June 13, 2024

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A few of the Bill Dance 2023 winners, Willie Collins and his two sons.

It’s Fishing Time! Register Now for Bill Dance Bass Open

Adults and kids can register now for the seven-lake competition that awards cash prizes!

It’s time to sink a line! Moms, dads, kids and all fishing enthusiasts, get ready. Registration is open now for the “Bill Dance Giant Bass Open” which will visit five Bill Dance Signature Lakes, plus a mystery lake for the Champion of Champions event. Hosted by Tour Hardin County, the season kicks off at Pickwick Landing State Park the weekend of Feb. 10 – 11. The event serves as the launchpad for a new 2024 statewide bass tournament series across five Bill Dance Signature Lakes. The tournament on Pickwick Lake provides opportunities of all kinds for amateur anglers (including kids) to win cash prizes.

Pickwick Lake is home to a robust population of largemouth and smallmouth bass, earning recognition as one of the Southeast’s Best Bass Lakes in 2022 by Bassmaster Magazine. The area has become a regional hub for national fishing tournaments.

The full series for the Open begins in February and culminates in a Champion of Champions in the fall of 2024 (details to come). All hourly winners from the five tournaments will be invited to compete in a two-day, five-fish format team tournament for additional prizes and the ultimate title.

About Bill Dance Bass Open

Full Series Schedule:

  • February 10 – 11: Pickwick Lake at Pickwick Landing State Park
  • March 29 – 30: Dale Hollow Lake at Sunset Marina
  • April 20 – 21: Douglas Lake in Dandridge, TN
  • June 22 – 23: Chickamauga Lake at Bluewater Resort
  • September 14 – 15: Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park
  • Champion of Champions (fall date and location to be announced)

Competition Format and Prizes:

  • Each two-day tournament features seven hourly cash payouts in a big fish format tournament.
  • Anglers with the heaviest single catch over two days will take home $5,000 in the adult category, while the youth category winner receives $1,500.
  • Each tournament has the potential to pay up to $55,000 in hourly prizes (based on 250 anglers participating per day).

For tournament registration, schedule updates and news, visit You can also follow the Bill Dance Giant Bass Open on Facebook.




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