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  • 10 Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Crafts Awards in the fishing division (5 for radio; 3 for television; and 2 for magazine).
  • 4 Midwest Outdoors Readers Choice Award
  • 130 state fishing awards (3 Arkansas; 82 Illinois)
  • 16 World Records 
  • 5 Outstanding World Angling Achievement Awards 
  • 2 Ozark Mountain Region Fish Awards


  • Started in 1978 with the DAN’S FISH ‘N’ TALES® column, which continues today.
  • Published articles in newspapers: "Milan Mirror", "Bettendorf News", "Quad City Times", "The Reader" and "LakeRiver Times"
  • Published articles in magazines: "Midwest Outdoors", "Fishing Facts", "Adventure Sports Outdoors", "Big River Outdoors", "Tennessee Valley Outdoors", "Great American Outdoors", "Fishing", "On Deck", "Just Plains Bassin’", "Bassing", "Bassing America", "Angler Sports", and "Midwest Outdoorsman".


  • Guest on Virgil Ward’s Championship Fishing Show in 1984
  • Hosted segments and fishing tips for "Midwest Outdoors"
  • Hosted the Dan’s Fishing Tips series for WQAD Sports Department and Cox Cable (aired during breaks in ESPN and TNN outdoor programming)
  • Hosted 3 fishing segments for WHBF Sports Department
  • Hosted the Dan’s Fish ‘N’ Tales® portion of the Life & Times program on WQPT’s PBS network – Sponsored by Frabill
  • Hosted fishing segments for Iowa Public Television’s "Iowa This Weekend" program
  • Hosted and produced "The World of Virgil Ward", a PBS documentary about the life of the fishing legend
  • Hosted 2 fishing tips for Adventure Sports Outdoors
  • Interviews and guest appearances on other shows


  • Started the Dan’s Fish ‘N’ Tales® show in 1988 on WRMJ-FM, in Aledo, Illinois. The show aired three times weekly, with fishing reports, interviews and other fishing related information
  • Guest on several outdoor radio shows, and remote broadcasts from outdoor shows.