Every spring it comes time for bass to spawn. Spawning is when bass come up to shallower water (around 1 to 4 feet deep) to lay their eggs. Spawning begins when the water temperature hits an optimal temperature. Male bass move to the shallower water and create a round spot of sand on the bottom often referred to as a “bass bed.” This is created by the bass beating its fins brushing all debris out of the way and creating a clear surface for the female to lay the eggs. The female then lays the eggs and the male fertilizes them. Once the eggs have been laid the female will not eat for a couple of weeks while she retreats to deeper water. The male stays by the fertilized eggs to protect them until they hatch, which can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to hatch depending upon water temperature. Male bass will stick with the eggs to defend from predators without eating until they hatch. The only way to trigger a bass to strike during this period is to cause an aggression strike with a faster moving bait.