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 for just a little while today. The wind and the temperature was just a little raw for this old man. Fished around the cove on some of my sweet spots and got a lot of casting practice. I think I was just not patient enough and didn't stick with it long enough. Better luck tomorrow if it gets warm enough. Next week late they say we have a warm up coming well I hope this time they are correct.

Word on the street is they are biting a jig a jerk bait and a crankbait in this are of the lake.  

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

Went out this afternoon for a couple of hours and found that the fish were not eager to bite but you could catch some. I caught fish on a jerk bait  and also on a jig. The fish hit pretty hard but just not often enough. I did get broke off on a jerk bait. We caught fish on secondary points and also on straight banks. The next couple of days are going to be great weather wise so you need to go fishing. 

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

I fished for a while this afternoon and had one good one take my jig away from me in a brush pile. I was told that he sq bill and a jerk bait was working around docks. you just never know what to throw around here.

One day chicken one day feathers. Spring will be here soon...

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

Had some of the good old boys tell me that the bass fishing today was a little tough. The fished all over the place with all of the good stuff jigs crankbaits and spinnerbaits.      They did catch a nice bunch of crappie under the docks and swimming a Bobby Garland above the brush piles.

Lake of the Ozarks, Miller County

Yesterday was a beautiful day and the fish were biting too. Several of my friends contacted me to tell me of their good fortune not only to brag a little but to rub it in as I am still off the water.  They are catching fish on a jig mainly flipping docks in the backs of the coves. A spinnerbait slowed rolled in the backs flats is working also.  Some nice bass are being caught and on a nice day it really kills me not to be on the water.