What kind of fish are in Phoenix man made lakes?

When it comes to maintaining the lakes in Phoenix lake communities, is it done by chemicals or is there a more ecologically balanced way to take care of the lakes?  Dumping chemicals into lakes is expensive and the results are short lived.  The more environmentally friendly solution involves choosing specific species of fish that address the needs of urban man made lakes at a fraction of the costs of chemicals.  You may even call them “utility fish” because of their utilitarian function of keeping the lakes ecologically maintained.

Fish that eat plants and algae?

Grass CarpMany of the utility  fish used in the maintenance of Phoenix man made lakes are plant eaters which serve as a natural, biological control for aquatic plants in the lakes.  The most common fish employed for the task of controlling plant growth are Israeli carp, White amur, and tilapia.

Some of the more aggressive plant eaters are White amur or grass carp which are native to eastern Asia and were introduced in 1963 in the United States to control aquatic plants. They can consume up to 3 times their body weight daily and live on average 5 – 9 years. Tilapia is another useful plant eater that reproduces quickly, likes warm and is at risk in cold water.  When the water temperature drops below 55 degrees, they are in danger.  After a couple of days of very cold weather, any dead fish in the lake is most likely a tilapia.

Some people have asked me about mosquitos especially around lake water.  This is unlikely in Phoenix waterfront properties since mosquitos breed best in shallow, stagnant water with cover.  Nearly all of the banks on Phoenix man made lakes have a cement bank that drops off very abruptly.  If this is an issue, the Gambusia, a genus of fish can be introduced into ponds to eat mosquito larvae. Midge flies can be controlled  by goldfish, sunfish, or small Israeli carp.

Game fish in man made lakes

dobson-ranch-park-lake-and-golf-courseSome man made lakes stock fish that are considered more of a game fish. The degree to which lakes are stocked with game fish is a decision that must be made by each community HOA. Some HOA’s consider stocking games fish to be very important, such as The Lakes in Tempe.  Other communities don’t consider it a priority.  In considering a waterfront property in a Phoenix area lake community, it would be wise to call the HOA and speak to someone to understand their priority on stocking game fish.

Typical game fish found in Phoenix man made lakes are catfish, bass, sunfish and in some cases crappie.  Another question to ask the  HOA would be whether the fishing is catch and take or catch and release. In some lake communities, fish may not be permitted. If the lake water is reclaimed water, then only catch and release is permitted.  Stocking fish in any lake is dependent on the time of year. It must be done between the end of October through April since transporting the fish during the hotter times of the year puts them at risk.

Arizona Urban Fishing Program

Urban Ponds and Lakes

Another fishing alternative is taking advantage of the Arizona Urban Fishing Program which is considered one of the best in the country.  Click on the picture to the left to see the 21 urban lake locations throughout 11 cities in the Phoenix area which are stocked 20 – 24 times per year with trout, catfish and sunfish.  This program provides a convenient opportunity to fish  for healthy edible fish.

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As you look at Phoenix waterfront property, talking to the HOA or the company that maintains the lake could be a very beneficial call to understand how the lake is maintained, which fish are stocked in the lake; both utility and game fish, and if it is catch and release or catch and take. They’ll also be surprised that you’ve called, because they rarely receive calls asking for such detail.  And while you have them on the phone, ask them for the water source of the lake.  That will really put them to the test!

If you are a waterfront property owner and would like to know the value of your home, click on What’s the Value of My Home.   Or for if your dream is to own a Phoenix area waterfront home, click on send me waterfront homes.     If you have  any questions regarding waterfront homes, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.

Many thanks go out to Rick Amalfi of Aquatic Consulting.  He is a great source of information since maintaining lakes in lake communities is what he does.   As you can see maintaining the lakes in Phoenix urban lakes involves planning and preparation to create its own ecosystem that allows Phoenix to have waterfront property.

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$474,999 :: 542 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,913 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/29/18, Last Updated: 06/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715811
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/18/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


WOW! Honey stop the car, this is a great location close to schools, parks & shopping. A highly desirable area with a ski lake. This home is on the water with a fountain you can see from all your rear facing windows. 4 bedroom with one bedroom downstairs & a full bath downstairs, formal living & dining, Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops open to the great room,3 bedrooms upstairs & loft, tile in all the right spots. Huge covered patio with barbecue great views to enjoy all year long. 2 car garage with cabinets, new water heater & dishwasher and fresh paint. Truly a must see, it won't last long.

Listed with Southwest Mountain Realty, LLC


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$224,900 :: 2670 S VOYAGER Drive #109, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,006 sq ft
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Added: 06/01/18, Last Updated: 06/11/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5774386
Community: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 3 CON
Tract: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 3 CON
Status: Active


What a lovely townhome! Located in Gilbert, this two bedroom has stone and brick trim, front patio is covered with a fountain/lake view. Living room downstairs, great room/loft and eat in kitchen upstairs. Stainless steel appliances, built in microwave, custom cabinets, dining area. Custom design trim throughout bedrooms, one bedroom has access to a 3/4 bath, master bed has a full bath and walk in closet. The seller would also like the buyer to take it fully furnished!! This one is sure to sell fast, see it today!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$650,000 :: 1726 E QUEEN PALM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,134 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 06/09/18, Last Updated: 06/09/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5778204
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


AMAZING WATERFRONT BEAUTY! Gorgeous views of the big lake & you can boat to the clubhouse! Updated Pebble-tec pool, huge north-facing patio overlooking grassy backyard & lake! Custom oak flooring in lower level, updated paint colors, Gourmet Kitchen w/updated cabinets, Huge Island, Double Ovens PLUS Microwave & Stainless Refrigerator. Family Room Gas Fireplace, Formal Living & Dining Rooms, Office off FR & next to 3rd Full Bath, Huge Laundry Room & Enormous Pantry are all on ground floor! Upstairs features Oversized Master Suite w/Updated Custom Shower plus Huge Garden Tub. 2 more Bedrooms up w/Jack & Jill Bath between. Extended Length Garage w/Cabinets! Over $50,000 in recent updates! Val Vista Lakes features a Clubhouse, Jr. Olympic Pool, Tennis Club, Workout Rooms, Sandy Beach & MORE!

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$449,900 :: 1765 W ASPEN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,732 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 06/07/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5777263
Community: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Tract: EL DORADO LAKES GOLF COMMUNITY
Status: Active


Fantastic former Blandford model at El Dorado Lakes. 138 feet of waterfront living with views of the 8th green from your backyard and Master bedroom deck. Gorgeous setting lets you relax with the lake in your view. PLUS, a large, well maintained and updated 2 story home you will love. Separate, but open floorplan with lots of living space options. Formal and informal dining. Island kitchen with stainless appliances and upgraded wood cabinetry. Super spacious master bedroom with sitting area AND FIREPLACE! Large Master bath with dual vanities, separate tub and shower. Twin closet set up too. 2732 sqft PLUS a 3 car garage AND double gate with extra concrete on the side yard.One of the biggest lots in the subdivision.Tuff shed for extra storage in the backyard too! Come see it today!

Listed with Imperial Realty Services, LLC


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$710,000 :: 1211 N REGATTA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,342 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 06/07/18, Last Updated: 06/07/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5777160
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Status: Active


4 bedroom 3 bath custom built lakefront home with one of the very best views in Val Vista Lakes!Gated community,3348 SF in main house,833 addl SF in garage.Builder utilized many energy efficient upgrades:3 + car garage, insulated garage & insulated garage doors.Master Bedroom on main floor.Marble Floor & Counter in Master Bath2x6 construction.Highly insulated to save you $$ on cooling / heating bills.Upgraded energy efficient Pella windows.3 brand new 16 seer A/C units; 3 zones for maximum energy efficiencyNew hot water heater; New water softener. New exterior paint.Granite counters throughout home, custom built cabinetry throughout.Tons of closet space.Outdoor cooktop. Boat dock.'Tubes in walls' pest control system Mature fruit bearing tree in yard.RV g

Listed with Revinre


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$1,795,000 :: 193 N SKI Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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6 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 6,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 09/20/17, Last Updated: 06/04/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5662648
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/4/2018 by 5%
Status: Active


Beautiful Custom home on a private water ski lake. Water ski, tube, wakeboard, all out your back door. This home is the builders personal home. Custom in every way. Master Suite, plus office & guest bedroom all on the first floor. All bedrooms have their own full bathroom. Open great room with 21ft ceiling open wall of windows to the beautiful lake view. Granite counter tops, Top of the line stainless steel appliances, double ovens, warming draw, 6 burner Thermador Cook top, custom oak cabinets through out the home. Large center island with vegetable sink & eating area. Large covered patio with built in misters, built in BBQ & sink. Private boat dock with sink & small refrigerator. Large ski house to store tubes, wake boards, skis Large 5 car garage with built in cabinets, epoxy floor

Listed with The Hogan Group LLC


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$749,888 :: 1912 E CATAMARAN Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,798 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,939 sq ft
Added: 01/11/18, Last Updated: 05/30/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5707695
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/30/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


THIS HOME IS IDEALLY SITUATED ON ONE OF THE LARGEST NORTH/SOUTH FACING WATERFRONT LOTS & HAS ONE OF THE MOST OPEN SPACIOUS FLOORPLANS IN REGATTA. (A Val Vista Lakes Community)IDEALLY LOCATED ON A CUL DE SAC, THE HOME IS SET BACK WITH A LONG WIDE DRIVEWAY THAT ACCOMMODATES PARKING FOR 3 CARS DEEP AND 3 CARS WIDE IN ADDITION TO THE OVERSIZED 3 CAR GARAGE.ADDITIONALLY, THIS HOME BOASTS ONE OF THE LARGEST BACK YARDS IN REGATTA WITH A REMODELED PEBBLE TEC SALTWATER POOL WITH NEW FILTER AND VARIABLE SPEED PUMP, SALTWATER SPA AND LARGE TRAVERTINE PAVER PATIO. ENJOY THE PRIVACY AND ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS VIEWS FROM THE COVERED ENTERTAINING AREA OR MASTER BALCONY. YOU CAN SIMPLY RELAX IN THE SPARKLING POOL OR TAKE THE BOAT OUT FROM YOUR PRIVATE DOCK THAT INCLUDES ELECTRIC AND WATER. Home features

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$549,000 :: 362 S BAY SHORE Boulevard, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,211 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 02/17/18, Last Updated: 05/29/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5725089
Community: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: DESERT SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/29/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


Please text or call for Full Video Virtual Tour. This gorgeous home has been professionally remodeled and it shows! Flagstone & wood throughout all areas! Beautiful Kitchen has upgraded Alder Cabinets, Granite Counters, & Stainless Steel Appliances! Open layout to family room features a wrap around wall system & Corner Granite Eichler Gas Fireplace, Surround Sound, & wall to wall windows w/ amazing views of the lake! Master Suite, has highly upgraded bathroom w/ Carerra Marble Counters, porcelain tile shower & much more! Backyard features flagstone throughout all patio areas, gazebo w/outdoor cook center, Lynx BBQ, gas firepit, waterfall, newly renovated oversized dock & breathtaking views of the water is a private small park on the lake.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$339,000 :: 1326 W CLEAR SPRING Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,016 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 02/15/18, Last Updated: 05/29/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5724005
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/29/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


WATERFRONT LAKEFRONT LOT in a GATED COMMUNITY with a gorgeous backyard that backs up to the water. Sit out on the balcony and watch the beautiful waterfall. Home has bay windows in the dining room and kitchen. Awesome views from the dining room. Home has Two Zone Air Conditioners. Masterbath has separate Shower and Tub. Home flows smoothly and has great views. Also you can put your boat in the big lake and take it up to the community pool and spa.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$475,000 :: 1248 N PALMSPRINGS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,083 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 05/27/18, Last Updated: 05/27/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5772091
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
Status: Active


WATERFRONT LOT! SPECTACULAR REGATTA LAKE VIEW! A former model home w/3BR+loft. Casual elegance in LR/DR with plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings & a gracious stairway. Family room boasts a fireplace. Kitchen has solid surface counters. Relax on the 2nd story balcony w/awsome views of the lake. All new upgraded carpet, large tile & light fixtures. The garage has professionally installed epoxy floors and cabinets. Backyard features heated play pool and flagstone. Enjoy the ammenities which include the multi-million dollar clubhouse, heated pool, sandy beach, tennis, racquetball, weight rm., banquet areas, plus 4 lakes and many walking paths w/low HOA. Great Gilbert schools.

Listed with LRA Real Estate Group, LLC


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