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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$649,900 :: 1401 W SANDPIPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

4 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,884 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/20/17, Last Updated: 10/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676764
Community: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Tract: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-
Status: Active


Gilbert's fabulous ''Islands'' community. Lake #1 is freshwater w/ catch and release fishing, great boating & fabulous sunsets(sorry no swimming). This former ''Street of Dreams'' home is like resort living. Professionally landscaped yard slopes to a beautiful water view w/a boat dock ready backyard. Inside, a foyer w/marble tile flooring and plush carpet. Open & airy floor plan, waterfront windows, 20ft ceilings, skylight,two fireplaces,2nd story balcony,formal dining, sunken living rm w/fireplace,family rm, & a roomy kitchen. Oversized master bedroom suite w/2 walk-in closets & soaking tub. Over $100,000 in upgrades. Hurry it will go fast!!!

Listed with West USA Realty


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$390,000 :: 417 S LAKE MIRAGE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,101 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 10/19/17, Last Updated: 10/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5676547
Community: THE ISLANDS
Tract: THE ISLANDS
Status: Active


Updated WATERFRONT home in The Islands! You'll love waking up every morning to the view of the lake from the conveniently located downstairs Master bedroom. This light & bright home features large eat-in kitchen w solid wood cabinets & pull-out shelves, stainless appliances w convection oven, and beautiful quartz counter tops. Large open concept LR & DR w vaulted ceiling. Gas fireplace w deco-glass in LR w large patio door to lakeside backyard. 2 spacious bedrooms upstairs w walk-in-closets plus private deck! Central vac, plantation shutters, updated master bath w walk-in shower, fresh paint inside & out, and all new wood-look tile throughout entire home. Covered patio, grass area, and new dock! Community pool/spa. Just minutes to downtown Gilbert/Chandler restaurant district!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$1,900,000 :: 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: 10/18/17
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 8/17/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


Resort Style Living! PRICED BELOW CURRENT APPRAISAL! 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 WITH CURRENT ELECTRIC AT ONLY $225/MONTH! 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,

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$459,000 :: 2044 E CLIPPER Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,546 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 09/27/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5665712
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/27/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Here it is! Custom Waterfront property in Gated Community with Diving Pool and Private Boat Dock. This is a truly unique home located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Gilbert, ''The Regatta at Val Vista Lakes''! The community features multiple pools, state of the art clubhouse, private tennis courts and much more. This property has been well maintained and features a large eat in kitchen, separate family and living rooms, huge balcony over looking the lake, large master suite with dual sinks and separate garden tub and shower. This open floorpan has plenty of space for all of your needs and 2 bedrooms up and 2 bedrooms down.Gorgeous mature landscaping and plantation shutters make this the perfect private retreat on the lake.This property is priced to sell!

Listed with Rio Salado Realty, LLC


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$390,999 :: 1341 W WINDRIFT Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,017 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 09/15/17, Last Updated: 10/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661079
Community: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR
Tract: SANDCASTLE VILLAGE LOT 1-31 TR
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/11/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


This North/ South exposure home has been fully updated and offers 3 bedrooms that all have a water view. 2.5 bathrooms that have granite and under-mount sinks. The entire first floor has new wood-look tile and a wood-burning fireplace with travertine stacked stone. The kitchen offers all new soft close cabinets including 2 lazy Susan's and all lower cabinets are drawers for ease of use. The kitchen has brand new granite countertops, subway tile backsplash and a garden window for growing fresh herbs. All brand new stainless steel appliances. This home offers a large pantry off the kitchen that measures 9 feet long by 5 feet deep. The laundry room has a beautiful granite countertop folding area and stainless steel hanging rack. Relax in your paved backyard or take a dip in the pool.

Listed with American Realty Brokers


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$360,000 :: 244 N CORRINE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,005 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 10/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673864
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES ESTATES UNIT
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES ESTATES UNIT
Status: Active


This home is a rare find in the beautiful lake community of Stonebridge Lakes Estates. There is an amazing lake view with a meandering brick walkway down to the lake. Completing the backyard is lush landscaping including fruit trees and an extended 33 X 14 covered brick patio. Ceramic tile entry way leads to formal living and dining area complete with custom shutters. Kitchen includes bay window eating area, walk-in pantry, butcher block island, smooth top stove with microwave and Kitchen Aid refrigerator. Family room adjoins kitchen & has a corner fireplace, French doors lead to the patio from the family room & master bedroom. Awesome location is close to downtown Gilbert with all the fantastic restaurants & outside patio seating. Easy access to freeways, shopping and schools.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$345,000 :: 268 W VERANO Place, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,140 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 10/12/17, Last Updated: 10/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673049
Community: PARCELS 11,12 & 13 OF LAGO
Tract: PARCELS 11,12 & 13 OF LAGO
Status: Active


Beautiful Lake Property located in Lago -Estancia. This two story home with three bedrooms, two & half bathroom, has a backyard, kitchen, and dining room with amazing views of the lake at Lago -Estancia. Enjoy your early morning with the peaceful serenity of the master bedroom patio and its lake, view or with gate access to the lake, entertainment takes on a whole new meaning. Expand your party through access to additional space off the backyard. Enjoy a casual at home experience, or travel minutes to the excitement of downtown Gilbert. The lake is stocked, and non-motorized boats are permitted.Walkways, bike path, lake view, and easy access to downtown Gilbert. Life is Good!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$585,000 :: 480 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,552 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,325 sq ft
Added: 10/06/17, Last Updated: 10/06/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5670414
Community: PLAYA DEL REY
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY
Status: Active


ENJOY RESORT STYLE LIVING IN THIS BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED PLAYA DEL RAY WATERFRONT HOME. AN ENTERTAINERS DREAM! OPEN THE DOOR TO SOARING VAULTED CEILINGS INTO THE FORMAL LIVING AND DINING AREA. ENJOY THE LAKE VIEW FROM HERE OR HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE BACKYARD. SOAK IN THE HEATED SPA OR TAKE A DIVE INTO THE PEBBLE TECH POOL. THE MASTER SUITE IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND BOASTS AN EXQUISITELY REMODELED MASTER BATH WITH A WALK IN TILE SHOWER, SOAKING TUB AND LARGE DUAL VANITY. YOUR KIDS OR GUESTS WILL ALSO ENOJOY A REMODELED BATH UPSTAIRS WITH TWO BEDROOMS, A LOFT AND SPECTACULAR VIEW FROM THE BALCONY. THE COMMUNITY AMENITIES ARE ENDLESS. THE LAKE ALLOWS SKIING, BOATING, AND SO MUCH MORE. VISIT THE CLUB HOUSE, PUTT PUTT GOLF COURSE OR VENTURE VIA PRIVATE ACCESS TO MCQUEEN PARK.

Listed with My Home Group Real Estate


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$615,000 :: 1449 W BAHIA Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,282 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 09/08/17, Last Updated: 09/28/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5657577
Community: THE ISLANDS UNIT 1 LOT 1-9
Tract: THE ISLANDS UNIT 1 LOT 1-9
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/8/2017 by 5%
Status: Active


WATERFRONT Cul De Sac BASEMENT home with 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms. LAKE VIEWS can be enjoyed from the Kitchen, Living & Dining room. Upstairs Master has a Large Walk in Closet, VIEW Balcony, Dual Sinks & a separate Shower & Tub. There are 2 other bedrooms & a full bathroom with a loft area upstairs. An Additional Bedroom is located on the Main Floor next to a Full Bathroom & Laundry area. The main floor offers a Family Room, Living Room & Formal Dining Area. Passage Way to the Basement is cleverly located behind bookcase in the entryway & offers a great area for a Gym, Living Space or Bedroom. Gourmet Kitchen has a Breakfast Area, Granite Counters, Sub Zero Built In Refrigerator & JenAir Gas Stove. Backyard Oasis features a Large Pool, Stone Water Feature & Palm Trees.

Listed with Ann Adams And Associates Realty, LLC


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$490,000 :: 1700 E Lakeside Drive #28, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,886 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 05/30/17, Last Updated: 09/27/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5612526
Community: BRECKENRIDGE BAY LOT 1-65 TR A
Tract: BRECKENRIDGE BAY LOT 1-65 TR A
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/17/2017 by 6%
Status: Active


Beautiful water front lot in the highly desirable Breckenridge Bay Community. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bath with the Master Bedroom downstairs. Enjoy the gorgeous Arizona sun with the sparkling pool looking over the lake. This home is just waiting for your personal touch. This wont last long!! ***NEW ROOF, NEW AC UNITS***Being offered ''AS IS''

Listed with TreeHouse Realty, LLC


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