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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$849,500 :: 1901 E CYPRESS TREE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,645 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 07/05/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5629011
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/1/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Gated Lakeside Subdivision Home in Val Vista Lakes with a fully finished Basement- 4,645 sqft, 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, huge office with a separate entry. Second story features 2 of the bedrooms plus the Master Suite that offers an additional sitting/TV room and a workout room with a separate entry into the Master Bath. The main level of this beautiful home boasts the elegant Living Room with a 2-way, gas fireplace; the Kitchen with All New Stainless Appliances; the Breakfast Room; a closed in Patio Area with access to the Living Room and the Dining Area; a half bathroom; 1 Bedroom with a private 3/4 bathroom; and the Laundry Room. Fully Finished Basement has 1 bedroom, 3/4 Bathroom, a private sitting room and an open area with a lovely custom bar equipped with a sink, refrigerator and

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$614,900 :: 2019 E CATAMARAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,650 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 03/04/17, Last Updated: 08/07/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5570145
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
Status: Active


Just reduced! Take a look and make an offer.Beautiful Val Vista Lakes home with 4 bedrooms, den and 3 full baths right on the lake. Formal living and dining rooms. Kitchen with new stainless appliances and granite countertops and breakfast area facing the lake. Downstairs bedroom, den, and full bath.Beautiful wide stairway leading to the upstairs. Master bedroom has lots of windows and a balcony overlooking the lake. Large private bath with tub and shower. Walk-In closet.2 additional bedrooms upstairs and Jack-and-Jill bath with 2 sinks. Fireplaces in the living room, family room and master bedroom. New carpet. Epoxy flooring and cabinets in the 3 car garage. All colors neutral. Gated community with many amenities, close to Route 60 and loads of shopping. This home is stunning. Must se

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$274,900 :: 212 W VERANO Place, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,691 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 08/04/17, Last Updated: 08/04/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5642060
Community: LAGO ESTANCIA PARCELS 11,12 &a
Tract: LAGO ESTANCIA PARCELS 11,12 &a
Status: Active


Come see this immaculate upgraded 3 BR home in the highly sought after Lago Estancia subdivision. This beautiful home has been redone from top to bottom. Upgrades include custom cabinetry throughout, granite counters in kitchen, media center, office, and both baths, custom walk-in shower in master, stainless steel appliances in kitchen, separate office with built in desk and cabinetry, dual pane windows, 3/4 '' hardwood and tile floors, custom paint, upgraded lighting, ceiling fans and plumbing fixtures throughout, water softener, dual attic access and lots of cabinetry in garage w/ insulated door. Outside you have an entertainers dream with a front courtyard, covered back patio w/ ceiling fan, lake views, built-in BBQ island,easy care landscaping, and a large heated hot tub with gazebo.

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$2,150,000 :: 378 N SHORE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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6 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 7,120 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sq ft
Added: 03/11/17, Last Updated: 08/03/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5573801
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/7/2017 by 6%
Status: Active


Resort Style Living! Fabulous Custom Home on Private water ski lake! 6 BR,4 Full & 2 half Baths. Featuring 164' of Waterfront living. Recently remodeled! Seller spared no expense on the remodel of this soft contemporary home! Owned Solar system for low electric bills. Fabulous formal living room w/wall of windows w/lake views greats you upon entry. Exquisite master suite on main level w/sitting room & fireplace. Huge master bath w/his & hers vanities, jetted tub, huge walk in snail shower, & a large custom built closet, every ladies dream! 3 other bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths on main level. Chef's kitchen w/new top of the line stainless steel appliances, double ovens, induction cook top, subzero refrigerator, beverage refrigerator drawers,

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$547,700 :: 2003 E CATAMARAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,970 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 07/26/17, Last Updated: 07/27/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5638286
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Status: Active


Come see this custom built 3 bedroom, 3+ baths, 2970 square foot home with absolutely stunning views of the lake. You have your very own shore line so you can build a boat dock and cruise the lake on a moon lit night. The home was built by the current owner's husband and they are the only owners the home has seen. The home has formal living room with a fireplace and dining room, open eat in kitchen with granite counters, an office/den, and a lower level master bedroom. The master bath has dual sinks, huge walk in closet and a separate tub & shower. Upstairs there is a family room with another covered patio to enjoy more views of the lake, a bedroom with a full bath. Outside there is a separate guest quarters with a full bath. All this comes with the amenities of Val Vista Lakes!!!!

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$955,900 :: 1410 E CORAL COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 5,190 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 01/28/17, Last Updated: 07/21/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5553316
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRA
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/13/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Your Grand Mediterranean Estate on the water! Imported Inlaid Italian Marble provides a stunning entry that takes your breath away. Dramatic architectural features, & superior new finishes abound throughout the home! Main level features a guest bedroom suite, & walk-in closet. Also, there is grand library/office. The lavish Master Suite has beautiful hardwood floors, sitting area, dual-sided fireplace, three large walk-in closets & picture perfect lake views. The views never stop, the lake can be seen from the elegant living, dining room, large kitchen & family room. Upstairs, are 2 large bedroom suites; one with private bath and walk-in closet. Sit fireside next to the heated pool & spa & entertain on your outdoor covered patio. And so much more! This home is a must see!

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$1,395,000 :: 1825 E Bay Tree Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 5,179 sq ft
Lot Size: 22,215 sq ft
Added: 10/21/16, Last Updated: 07/14/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5515047
Community: Lakeside at Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Lakeside at Val Vista Lakes
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/31/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


Spectacular custom waterfront home located in the private gated Lakeside in Val Vista Lakes. This home has it all from the moment you enter the driveway. The curb appeal is only the beginning. You will enjoy the fabulous views from every room!! The interior features: a formal living room and dining, spacious gourmet kitchen, and family room that opens to the beautiful backyard and sparkling blue water of the lake, pool and spa. Master bedroom & additional 2nd bedroom are on the mail level. Large loft area upstairs with an exercise room and office. You won't be able to get enough of the outdoor living. In the evenings enjoy taking the boat out or, relaxing in the hot tub or sitting by the firepit enjoying family & Friends. This is a MUST SEE home!

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$347,500 :: 242 E STONEBRIDGE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,209 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 04/06/17, Last Updated: 07/10/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5586727
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/27/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Super sharp 4 bedroom/3 bath home with stunning waterfront views, great curb appeal and move in ready! Check out all the upgrades just added to this home... New flooring throughout entire home, granite counters in kitchen and baths, new interior paint, fixtures, lighting, mirrors, ceiling fans, epoxy floors in garage and patio. This home has been totally upgraded and is ready for you! Incredible water views from throughout the home...so peaceful!! Enjoy a relaxing evening on your upstairs patio or ground level patio and soak in the views! Separate living and dining room areas...community playground area & pool nearby for those warm AZ summer days! Come check out all this home has to offer. You'll be glad you did.

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$1,150,000 :: 1506 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 5,706 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,859 sq ft
Added: 06/06/17, Last Updated: 07/07/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5615885
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES - WEST LAKE ES
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES - WEST LAKE ES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/6/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


LAKEFRONT HOME AT THE PRESTIGOUS WEST LAKE ESTATES*THIS HOME RADIATES ELEGANCE AT IT'S FINEST FROM THE MOMENT YOU DRIVE UP*TRAVERTINE DRIVEWAY WITH FRONT MARBLE MEDALION AND LARGE WROUGHT IRON GATE FRONT DOORS*5 BEDROOMS W/ HOME OFFICE AND EXERCISE ROOM*BASEMENT*GRAND ENTRANCE INTO FOYER WITH VIEWS TO THE LAKE AND LARGE NEGATIVE EDGE DIVING POOL WITH FOUNTAINS AND SPA*RESORT STYLE LIVING WITH BUILT IN BARBECUE*TURF GRASS*BOAT AT DOCK CONVEYS WITH YOUR NEW HOME*LARGE KITCHEN WITH GE MONOGRAM DUAL OVENS*5 BURNER GAS STOVE*SUBZERO REFRIGERATOR*TONS OF CUSTOM CABINETS/STORAGE WITH EAT IN KITHCEN AND VIEWS OF WATERFRONT*GRANITE COUNTERTOPS*LARGE WALK-IN PANTRY*LARGE UTILITY ROOM WITH STORAGE/CABINETS AND SINK*TRAVERTINE FLOORING T/O*LARGE FAMILY ROOM WITH FIREPLACE FLOOR TO CEILING AND

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$375,000 :: 1317 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,850 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,920 sq ft
Added: 06/30/17, Last Updated: 06/30/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5626915
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR
Status: Active


Fantastic upgraded waterfront home in ''The Islands'' in Gilbert for sale! Soaring ceilings and beautifully custom-made veneer stone fireplace wow you once you enter. Elegant wood like tiles throughout the 1st floor, and plantation shutters in the entire home. Modernly upgraded kitchen features chic tile backsplash, stainless appliances, granite slab counter tops and a nice water view from kitchen and dining room that you cannot resist! Upstairs is where 3 bedrooms are, all with walk-in closets and an ideal layout splits the master suite from other guest bedrooms. A huge window in the master bedroom takes advantage of the lakeview for you to wake up refreshing every morninig! Biking by the lake or canoeing on the lake will be the new lifestyle to get used to. This home has so much to offer

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