Hosted by noted fisherman, Bill Dance, Bill Dance Outdoors is the oldest, longest continuously running, and most popular national fishing show in America. As of this writing, it has been airing for over 40 years! Each episode focuses on various aspects of recreational fishing techniques, usually targeting largemouth and smallmouth black bass species, but occasionally other species such as channel catfish or popular pan fish such as crappie and bluegill. How to fish and what to use is included in virtually every show.
In its history, Bill Dance Outdoors has featured guest appearances by celebrities such as Terry Bradshaw, Hank Williams, Jr., Mel Tillis, Jerry Reed, and Roy Clark , just to mention a few.
Bill Dance is an outdoors legend. For over 36 years, he has delivered fishing advice on television in his humorous, off-beat way.
Bill has been an avid fisherman since his youth in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Bill always dreamed of working in the fishing industry and in his 20’s he began to fish competitively. His fishing ability was so great that he won over a third of his first 15 events, and finished in the top 5 of the others. He used this success as a springboard to a career in television.
Success didn’t come easy, after a tour of TV stations in the South, Bill came back discouraged. But he didn’t give up. Finally, a local ABC-TV affiliate told him that if he found a sponsor, they would give the show a shot. He did and the rest is fairly well-known.