Ed Franko

Ed Franko
Lake Ozark, MO

Hello, my name is Ed Franko, and I am the owner of Big Ed’s Guide Service, located at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. I have always enjoyed fishing and have been a dedicated angler since I was a small child. In the past, I have participated in several fishing tournaments, which include the Red Man Circuit, Bass World Sports, and several other open tournaments. These tournaments, along with a long-time passion for fishing, led to my desire to share my interests with others.

I am currently a fishing guide, and my main purpose is teaching others how to catch fish, not just showing them. I guide on Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. I also participate in other fishing-related events, such as making guest appearances on various radio shows and working sporting shows for Nameoki Village Marine and the local Lake Area CVB.

Recent Fishing Reports:

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

Went out this morning and caught them pretty good. I was surprised that they were as active as they were.  the fish were eager to eat top waters along the corners of docks.

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

Good day on the pond today. Fun Fun Fun No monsters just a bunch of top water fish. The fish are chasing shad and there are plenty of them for sure. Good time nothing is better than catching fish on a top water.

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

The bass are chasing shad. Both white bass and black bass are out in numbers chasing shad. The white are schooling and are showing up just about anytime of the day but the mornings and evenings are the best. It sure is fun to catch them but they sure like to poop in your boat when you catch them.Shad poop STINKS. The fish can be caught on a top water bait and also a Sq Bill. this bite should last for several weeks and will only get better as the weather gets cooler.

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

The rain was horrible but the bite was good. The fish were caught on all kinds of baits and in all kinds of places. Best bite was a buzz bait fished in shallow water follow by flipping the shallow docks in the backs of the coves with a jig. The rain kept the big boats off the water and the good fishing kept the fisherman entertained.  

This weekend was the IUOE Local 148 Benefit Bass Tournament Here at the Lake of the Ozarks. The tournament raised over 36 thousand dollars for the Ronald McDonald Houses of St.Louis. 

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

Another tough morning on the lake. Caught some bass on topwater and caught some on a worm. The fish are fickled I think and don't really know what they want to do. Big docks is the pattern for a topwater bite.Bluff ends are the key for the worm. Expecting 4 to 6 inches of rain over the past ew days that will make them bite I think. I will  be fishing shallow for sure. I love fishing in the rain.