There are very few things in bass fishing as exciting as the spring-time shad spawn. This is a time when thousands of forage fish, known as shad, gather to lay eggs against any hard surface they can find. In most lakes this means docks, bulkhead, rocks and in some cases even grass. The spring shad spawn typically starts when the water temperature reaches the mid 60s and tends to last about 3-4 weeks, with the full-moon signaling the most intense activity. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that when shad move up shallow, the bass won’t be far behind. This can be a magical time to catch fish. Often, you can catch a fish or get a bite on every single cast. But don’t blink, because this daily activity will end as quickly as it began, typically lasting 30 minutes or about the time the sun comes over the horizon. So, prepare wisely, this isn’t the time to be fumbling around in your tackle box. We’ve found that a spinnerbait, swim jig or square-bill crankbait in a shad pattern work best. Also, don’t be surprised if you catch sand bass or even hybrid stripper bass.