What’s going on in your Phoenix waterfront lake?

 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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$619,000 :: 1426 W EMERALD KEY Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,522 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 04/28/19, Last Updated: 06/22/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5918018
Community: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/22/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


A Waterfront home . Desirable one-of-a-Kind, dazzling interior and views. Comfortable and stimulating: Lake View, Patio, Pool, Grass and Private Dock. Single-Story with soaring ceilings joining a Formal Living Room and Formal Dining, Great Room, Wall-to-Wall glass, marble and carpeted flooring. One can be in all-glass Great Room, Breakfast Bay, Kitchen, Two Master Bed Rooms and appreciate views to Pool, Patio, Lawn and Lake. An architectural epitome of thoughtful design, details and finishes. Large Master Bedroom Suite has bay windows overlooking Pool, Lake, a large Sitting Room, Master Bath, Shower, Spa and Marble floor. Second Master Bed Room also has private Bath, a separate entry and bay window view to Lake. All may astonish! Relax on an expansive, very private, north exposure...

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$369,000 :: 1342 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 04/19/19, Last Updated: 06/21/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5914005
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF LOT 1-53 TRACT A-G
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF LOT 1-53 TRACT A-G
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/21/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Fantastic waterfront home with incredible views! This elegant 3 bed, 2.5 bath cul-de-sac home is located in the fabulous Islands Community. Relax and enjoy fishing from your backyard! Your gourmet kitchen boasts a functional island, breakfast bar, and lovely maple cabinets. Your living room has great water views and natural lighting. Upstairs, your master suite has a private balcony and a full master bath. Fabulous wood flooring and neutral carpeting in all the right places enhance the living spaces. Schedule your showing today!

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$428,950 :: 413 S LAKE MIRAGE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,946 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,792 sq ft
Added: 05/24/19, Last Updated: 06/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5930656
Community: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Tract: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/19/2019 by 0%
Status: Active


Must see this GORGEOUS, WATERFRONT home in the highly coveted Islands Community. This home was just recently updated including the flooring, Kitchen, Baths and More. Great eat-in kitchen with gorgeous views of the lake. Cozy up to the fireplace in the living room. Entertain your family and friends in this beautiful backyard. Fish or launch your boat from your own private dock. The Islands is a unique neighborhood that has a great sense of community. Enjoy the clubhouse and the many HOA / community sponsored events that take place through out the year. Come see this beautiful LAKEFRONT home and make it yours today! Lots of great memories to be made here!!

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$695,000 :: 1236 W EDGEWATER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,242 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 02/22/19, Last Updated: 06/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5887260
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS UNIT 4
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS UNIT 4
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/18/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


New Paint through entire house! This home sits at the center of all five ''fingers'' that make up Lake 2! It's on the most coveted/primary lot on the water. This Beautiful, Resort-Style Living Home has views from every window. 4200 sq ft, 5 bedrooms and a built-out office/man cave with a separate entrance. The 3 car garage has fresh epoxy floors. The master closet is built-out with sophisticated shelving. Most ceilings boast crown molding. You name it - this house offers it!

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$740,000 :: 1518 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,323 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,424 sq ft
Added: 03/14/19, Last Updated: 06/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5895944
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRACT A-C
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRACT A-C
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/16/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful, custom, luxury waterfront home in prestigious West Lake Estates on a huge lot. 5 beds/3 baths. Beautiful chefs kitchen w/cherry cabinets, granite countertops, all stainless steel appliances, double convection ovens, fridge. Travertine+cherry wood floors. Beautiful custom window treatments. Combination family/game rooms w/pool table, wine cellar and bar area for indoor entertainment. Master bed has balcony overlooking large backyard, lake and mountain views. Huge master bath w/jacuzzi. Fabulous resort backyard w/ heated pool, spa, travertine patio, custom fireplace and lush landscaping. 2 RV gates. Everything has been highly upgraded! Access to Val Vista Lake amenities: pools, beach, spa, lagoon, tennis, racketball, gym, clubhouse. Home Warranty. Must see!,

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$449,000 :: 731 S PUEBLO Street, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,308 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
Added: 06/12/19, Last Updated: 06/12/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5938341
Community: WHISPER GROVE LOT 1-60 TR A-D
Tract: WHISPER GROVE LOT 1-60 TR A-D
Status: Active


Beautiful home backs to Lake with view Fence, Completely Remodeled throughout with Quality Upgrades New Kitchen Cabinets and Laundry room With Granite Counter Tops and Back/splash .New Appliances in Black Stainless Steel, Bathrooms Remodeled with new Cabinets and granite tops and New Sinks, Luxurious walk in Shower in master bath, New flooring through- out home Porcelain 24x24 Tarsus Grey Polished , Plus new baseboards , Garage has built in Cabinets Plus Storage racks ,Enjoy this Beautiful back yard with Synthetic Grass ,Plus a putting Green and Pool with built in waterfall with slide and a Basket Court , Solar panels paid for, New Insulation To many improvements to list.

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$558,500 :: 1252 N PALMSPRINGS Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,714 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 05/24/19, Last Updated: 06/09/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5930808
Community: LANDING 2 AT VAL VISTA LAKES LOT 1-66 TR A-C
Tract: LANDING 2 AT VAL VISTA LAKES LOT 1-66 TR A-C
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/9/2019 by 0%
Status: Active


EXTRA-SHARP WATERFRONT EXECUTIVE HOME! Over $40k in recent updates! Impressive entrance into formal Living & Dining Rooms featuring gorgeous travertine flooring & granite steps to upstairs. Amazing view from all windows overlooking elongated views of the lake! Kitchen features granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, backsplash & huge walk-in pantry plus island/ breakfast bar. Premium lot with incredible elongated lake views to enjoy Arizona's sunsets on the water! Everything is sharp including 2 1/2 car garage w/epoxy flooring. Prestigious Val Vista Lakes gated community w/$10 Million Clubhouse, heated pool, sandy beach lagoon, lighted tennis courts, racquetball, waterfalls, community activities, fishing, boating & workout room!

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$689,900 :: 1825 E MONARCH BAY Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,140 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 06/07/19, Last Updated: 06/08/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5937149
Community: CRYSTAL SHORES AMD LOT 1-82 TR A-I
Tract: CRYSTAL SHORES AMD LOT 1-82 TR A-I
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/8/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


You simply must see this Island style resort home! Superbly situated on the largest and best lake within the prestigious Val Vista Lakes community, all the pleasures of a South Pacific Oasis yet all the conveniences of modern Country Club life. Sail from your private dock to the world class Clubhouse, Take a dip in the swimming lagoon, the Jacuzzi, or the junior Olympic pool, or simply walk outside to your own private pool and spa! The choice is all yours. The home features four beds, three baths in a fantastic Nautical motif. Plant life abounds in the lush waterfront back yard with a one of a kind babbling brook to wash the day away. Features a two car garage with a third bay that has been beautifully converted to a workshop or office and can be returned to a three car garage if need be.

Listed with Dynamic Resource Realty


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$389,900 :: 449 S MARINA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,210 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 06/07/19, Last Updated: 06/08/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5932313
Community: CORAL POINT TRACT A-K
Tract: CORAL POINT TRACT A-K
Status: Active


Charming 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Waterfront Home with dock In popular Islands Community. Updated Kitchen, Updated countertops, cabinets,, Updated Master Bathroom and much, much more! This 2 story home has open floor plan, Large Master Bathroom, with 2 gas fireplaces in master bedroom and living room. The Falls at the Islands is a gated community and offers: Pool, Spa, and walking paths, Fun on the lake with dock and great lake atmosphere. Please use Driggs Title Agency as this is Set-up for 1031 exchange. Buyer must cooperate in the exchange. Easy with no extra work for the buyer's agent. Please contact co-agent for showing.

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$825,000 :: 2004 E FREEPORT Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,716 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 05/23/19, Last Updated: 06/03/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5930240
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/3/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


This is IT ! No need to remodel or update a thing in this professionally designed HOME. Beautiful Val Vista Lakes waterfront home in the REGATTA subdivision. Beauttiful kitchen with large bay breakfast room overlooking the pool & rear yard. Formal dining & living room with custom designed ceiling. Family room with electric fireplace (no messes to clean) travertine stone, and soaring ceilings. Large wall of glass sliding doors open out onto the covered patio, ideal for parties. Large master on main level with beautiful spa-like master bathroom. His & hers closets and vanities! Large room on main floor for office or 2nd bedroom! Upstairs are two XL bedrooms, 1 bath + ensuite bed & bathroom! Basement has a unique walk out patio off the game room. Large bedroom & full bath with huge storage

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