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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$775,000 :: 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: 04/20/19
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 reduced on 4/20/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


REDUCED,BACK ON THE MARKET W/ NEW UPDATES! 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.

Listed with Arizona Oasis Realty


Brought to you by Gordon Baker, Remax Alliance Group. Call me today at 480-326-8571, or visit my website at www.myhomeinaz.com/!


$382,000 :: 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: 04/19/19
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
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!

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$699,000 :: 1717 E Coco Palm Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,052 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 02/01/19, Last Updated: 04/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5876441
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/18/2019 by 4%
Status: Active


Welcome to your DREAM HOME with a basement! Gorgeous 5 bed / 4 bath, 3 car extended depth garage and side double gate!! This lakeside home in the HIGHLY DESIRABLE Val Vista Lakes, GATED ''Lakeside'' community. New exterior and interior paint, carpet, most of the interior hardware and light fixtures and many other various trim work!!! Home features a wide open floor plan, easy clean-up tile flooring and beautiful finishes throughout. Outstanding chef's kitchen fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and tons of wood cabinet storage. LARGE living room has stunning wood flooring, custom stone fireplace, built-in entertainment center and double doors to backyard access. Backyard has grassy area, nice patio areas and a custom boat dock!!! This is a stunning home!!

Listed with Results Realty


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$453,000 :: 1346 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,121 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/05/19, Last Updated: 04/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5907215
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR A-D
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/17/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Stunning WATERFRONT property with unbelievable VIEWS nestled in Sandcastle Village! This cozy 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with a loft/den is full of custom amenities. As you enter the home you're greeted with vaulted ceilings, bamboo floors and an unmatched view of the lake. You will find stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and extra storage throughout the home and garage. A new water heater was installed March 2019, the new upstairs AC unit installed August 2018, and the roof is warrantied through 2024. Relax in the backyard while barbecuing on the built-in grill and enjoying the natural scenery in this highly desired community.

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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$1,050,000 :: 1422 W COMMERCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 6,298 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 04/12/19, Last Updated: 04/12/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5910662
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Status: Active


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Listed with Rachael Richards Realty


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$589,900 :: 826 S COPPER KEY Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 4,032 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 11/15/18, Last Updated: 04/10/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5847112
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/2/2019 by 4%
Status: Active


Blending relaxation and sophistication to create the ideal home! Masterful design and luxury are uniquely embodied in this 5 bedroom 3.5 bath 2 story home with 4032 SF! Travertine walkway leads to the front door, and upon entering your eye catches the sweeping grand staircase ahead and the expansive open floor concept. The incredible island kitchen features dark cabinetry, plant shelving, pantry, white appliances, breakfast bar, and recessed lighting. This home includes its very own movie room, with a 110 inch projection screen, surround sound speaker system, custom Venetian plaster walls, LED lighting, and ramp access to each tiered level. Please see more remarks for more info.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$530,000 :: 1509 W SILVER KEYS Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,409 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,504 sq ft
Added: 03/15/19, Last Updated: 04/09/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5896779
Community: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
Tract: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/9/2019 by 1%
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Looking for a new place to call home? Then this fabulous 3 bed, 2.5 bath waterfront lot property located in Gilbert is just for you! This lavish home boasts desert landscaping, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living areas, plantation shutters, neutral paint throughout, and more! The elegant kitchen offers ample cabinetry, a pantry, granite countertops, tile backsplash, matching appliances, and a lovely island with a breakfast bar. Inside the grandiose master bedroom you will find a full bath with double sinks, separate tub and shower, and a spacious walk-in closet. The wonderful backyard includes a covered patio, grassy area, built-in BBQ, and a sparkling blue pool! Homes this great never last long, don't waste any time and schedule a showing NOW!

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$967,123 :: 2764 E WILDHORSE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,292 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,503 sq ft
Added: 03/31/19, Last Updated: 03/31/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5904166
Community: SOMERSET PHASE 1
Tract: SOMERSET PHASE 1
Status: Active


Located in Gilbert's Newest Master Planned, Gated, Lake Community - Somerset at Belmont. Single level 4,292 Sq. Ft., 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4 car tandem garage. 12' ceilings in open great room, kitchen & dining room. Kitchen has large island, large prep kitchen and walk in pantry. Wolf 48'' Gas range and Hood with 11'' infrared griddle, 6 burners & dual ovens. 42'' maple cabinets with 18'' stacked cabinets and crown included. Kohler fixtures. Master bath has tub & walk-in shower, dual sinks and large closet. Large courtyard/covered patio. Rinnai tankless water heater, energy efficient EMC spray foam insulation and LED lighting. Under Construction. Best Location in Gilbert! Minutes from Shopping, Freeway access, Discovery Park - More Ready to move in MAY

Listed with The New Home Company


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$548,000 :: 432 S BAY SHORE Boulevard, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,521 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 05/24/18, Last Updated: 03/31/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5770856
Community: HARBOR POINT LOT 1-78 LAKE EASMT
Tract: HARBOR POINT LOT 1-78 LAKE EASMT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/18/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Beautiful remodel on the water in the Islands! New wood floors greet you as you open the door to the living and dining areas. It then flows into the kitchen & greatroom which overlook the sparkling pool, lake & grassy backyard. The kitchen has stainless appliances & plenty of counter space including a perfect area for a coffee bar! Upstairs is the master with a balcony with views of the lake. The master has a large ensuite bathroom and large walk in closet. The secondary bedrooms are also upstairs and are all a generous size. The second full bath is adjacent to the other bedrooms. The home also has a 3 car garage! New carpet, new wood floor, new lighting, new kitchen design, newly resurfaced pool, freshly painted inside and out and much more! This home is move in ready!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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$699,500 :: 1826 E Cascade Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,870 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 11/30/18, Last Updated: 03/31/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5852673
Community: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
Tract: Val Vista Lakes Crystal Shores
The price of this listing was last reduced on 3/31/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Come experience waterfront living at Val Vista Lakes. Conveniently located to Dana Park and U.S. 60. This three bedroom with den/3 bath home is completely updated with tile floors, plush carpeting and granite counter tops. Balcony off master suite overlooking the lake. Take in all the breathtaking views Val Vista Lakes has to offer. See video and 3D tour links and be sure to visit the clubhouse to see all that is included in your low HOA fees, including tennis complex, indoor racquetball courts, cardio and weight training facilities, junior Olympic swimming pool and spa, banquet and meeting rooms, waterfalls and a tropical lagoon swimming pool with a sandy beach. Drive through the neighborhood to see the many sports parks and bicycle paths.

Listed with Homesmart


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