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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$774,900 :: 1161 W REDONDO Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,251 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 06/05/21, Last Updated: 06/18/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6246031
Community: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS 2 LT 68-108 A-G J
Tract: CATALINA BAY AT THE ISLANDS 2 LT 68-108 A-G J
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/12/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


UNIQUE WATERFRONT HOME with amazing views from various rooms, including the very large expanded master suite and its private balcony. The awesome views continue from the tri-level great room and upgraded fireplace. The kitchen was upgraded with granite countertops and newer stainless steel appliances. Granite and tile upgrades also in all 3 full bathrooms. This home has a great backyard for entertaining with large covered patio next to the sparkling pool and newer private boat dock with putting green. Spacious 3 car garage. This Islands Home is just minutes away by boat or by walking to the community park, which includes large shaded play ground, basketball and sand volleyball courts. Pontoon boat for sale since sellers are moving out-of-state.

Listed with HomeSmart


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


$590,000 :: 1442 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 06/18/21, Last Updated: 06/18/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6239386
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/18/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


Lake front property! Bring your paddle boats, pontoons, kyaks, paddle boards, canoes and troll around in these beautiful water. This fantastic water front property is waiting for you to call it home. Beautiful views from your patio and balcony. Travetine floors, master travertine shower and surrounds- spacious bedrooms, open greatroom and kitchen with beautiful granite counters and island. Den downstairs and loft upstairs.

Listed with HomeSmart Lifestyles


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


$1,675,000 :: 188 N SHORE Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 5,150 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,038 sq ft
Added: 05/07/21, Last Updated: 06/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6233011
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/17/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Amazing Custom home in your own gated Championship Private Water Ski lake with private dock. Heated Spa & Pool, commercial mist system, pool air conditioning & mist system. Fire pit system, back yard lake lined Tiki torches propane underground system, 40 ft slide gates at pool for lake view, 3 bedrooms + office on main level & 3.5 bathrooms. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, gas fireplaces & outside fire features, fire pits, game room upstairs with full bar, half bathroom, card room & deck overlooking the water and pool below. Gourmet kitchen with Dacor gas range, beautiful slab granite counters and monster walk in pantry. Full home security system & full property sound system, Property will convey AS IS - 50 Amp service at South side of home for RV hookup. Full outside bath by BBQ.

Listed with Prime House LLC


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


$849,000 :: 134 S DIAMOND KEY Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 5,706 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,455 sq ft
Added: 06/17/21, Last Updated: 06/17/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6250609
Community: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS UNIT 5 LOT 64-75 TR A,B
Tract: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS UNIT 5 LOT 64-75 TR A,B
Status: Active


On the Water, in the Islands. Custom home. Enjoy the views from Dining room, kitchen and family room. Full basement with complete gym work-out equipment, including pool table. Kitchen, bathroom also in basement, might work for adult child still living at home. Master Suite is upstairs overlooking the water with it's own sitting room, spa, walk in show and huge closet. 2 extra bedrooms upstairs and a large loft.

Listed with Century 21 Arizona Foothills


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


$579,900 :: 1313 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,183 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 05/25/21, Last Updated: 06/14/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6241203
Community: The Islands
Tract: The Islands
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/14/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


Wow!!!! WATERFRONT former Model Home, Beautifully designed open floorplan, Nice and bright natural light, with amazing lake views to enjoy! This home features Stunning Vaulted ceilings, elegant fireplace in Living room, 3 Awesome Bedrooms upstairs and 2.5 bathrooms, upgraded Kitchen with pull out cabinets drawers, smooth stove top, granite countertops and Huge walk in pantry. Backyard includes putting green, private SPA, Good size Covered Patio and custom built in BBQ Grill with bar. Lots of storage and an Extended 2 car garage. Very Desirable community in The Islands, offering Fishing,boating, parks and recreation for you and your Family!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$849,900 :: 5555 S CARDINAL Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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6 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,648 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 06/13/21, Last Updated: 06/13/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6236506
Community: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Tract: FREEMAN FARMS PHASE 2 PARCEL 1
Status: Active


Lake Water Front View, Corner Lot, Gourmet Kitchen, Plenty of Space, Open & Bright! Walk into high open ceilings with plenty of light, new wood tile, formal living room & dining room, beautiful iron staircase. Kitchen with GE built in appliances, plenty of counter space, open to your family room with a fireplace, kitchen nook with new built in, bonus room, and office with new built in! Open your windows to the rare view of a beautiful waterfall at the community lake, spacious grass back yard. Upstairs welcomes you to the loft, huge master, huge closet & walk in shower. 2 bedrooms share a Jack & Jill bath, 2 more bedrooms have a 4th full bath, laundry upstairs, plenty of storage throughout! Beautiful, open & bright, with the park across the street, lake behind you, this home has it all!

Listed with Diamond King 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/!


$550,000 :: 521 S Marina Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,425 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 06/12/21, Last Updated: 06/12/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6248280
Community: CORAL POINTE
Tract: CORAL POINTE
Status: Active


Beautiful lake views from this waterfront home in the gated community of The Islands a" enjoy the lake views from the living room, master bedroom & upstairs bedroom! It features an open split floor plan with master bedroom downstairs, vaulted ceiling, 10 year old AC, 10 year old roof & 5 year old boat deck. The kitchen is open with lots of cabinet space, great countertop space, well taken care of appliances, breakfast bar & large pantry space! The master bedroom is large enough for a king bed to fit comfortably. Separate loft can be used as office space with built-ins. Enjoy the 180 degree lake views from the backyard deck & private dock. Front yard landscaping is included with HOA! Great location for an owner occupant, family, rental or winter visitor.

Listed with North & Co


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$649,000 :: 1406 W LAKE MIRAGE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,946 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 06/09/21, Last Updated: 06/09/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6248072
Community: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Tract: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Status: Active


Rare opportunity! Exclusive WATERFRONT PROPERTY is one of the top lots on the entire lake at this prestigious Islands Community! Located in a Cul-de-sac on a partial peninsula, you will enjoy stunning views from the shoreline, patio or private balcony! Spacious floor plan with upgraded interior granite and quartz counter tops, two-way fireplace, real oak wood flooring along with tile and carpet. The master suite boasts a walk in shower, jacuzzi tub, dual sinks & private balcony. This Islands paradise offers a community pool just around the corner, as well as boating, fishing, basketball courts, sand-volleyball and lush park, with breathtaking sunset views. Must see. Schedule and appointment today!

Listed with Realty Executives


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$799,998 :: 602 N Mondel Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,943 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,584 sq ft
Added: 05/19/21, Last Updated: 06/09/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6226707
Community: Playa Del Rey
Tract: Playa Del Rey
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/9/2021 by 3%
Status: Active


Popular DUAL master bedrooms plan. Gated Ski lake community. True to the builders name AMZ, you are greeted into this Amazing home with crystal chandeliers, magnificent ceilings, brand new neutral paint. Two master suites included in 5 extra large bedrooms PLUS Loft, multiple rooms with walk-in closets. Owner extended the covered patio to include patio cover in the formal area. Master Balcony looks into the beautiful treelined waters. You will experience views from Family Room, Living Room, Guest room and both the Master Suites. Kitchen has exceptional quality cherry cabinets that are so hard to find these days. New Carpet, new paint in the garage, entertaining Ramada, built in Barbecue with granite counters.

Listed with United Brokers Group


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


$579,000 :: 517 S MARINA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,003 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 05/21/21, Last Updated: 05/21/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6232721
Community: CORAL POINTE TRACTS A-K
Tract: CORAL POINTE TRACTS A-K
Status: Active


Lakefront Property! Upon entering, notice the soaring 26ft ceilings in your open and airy living room. This charming home has an updated kitchen with white cabinets, granite countertops, granite backsplash, and beautiful views. 2 large glass sliding doors that open onto a tile patio compete with 2 fire pits, a pond, an in ground spa and amazing views of the lake. Upstairs the large master suite includes his and hers closets, vaulted ceilings and a deck overlooking the lake. Don't miss out on the chance to live in your own ''Island'' paradise.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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


 

 

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