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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$784,000 :: 1358 W SANDPIPER Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 4,400 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 10/19/19, Last Updated: 01/11/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5994178
Community: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-B
Tract: TRES VISTAS LOT 1-26 PARCEL A-B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/11/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


Luxury lake living with room and privacy for everyone, and, oh, the views! This one of a kind lakefront home is perfect for multi-generational or large families. Each of the four huge bedrooms has its own beautifully updated en-suite full bathroom. The dramatically over-sized master is secluded from the rest of the house by being upstairs. It boasts a separate sitting area, workout area, cedar closet, walk-in closet and amazing views of the lake. A walk-in double shower, beautiful soaking tub, and lovely vanity make the master bath a luxurious retreat. The kitchen and living room offer dramatic views of the lake, including amazing sunsets and the best view of the famous Island's fountain on the lake.

Listed with Congress Realty, Inc.


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


$625,000 :: 2119 E CLIPPER Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,810 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 11/29/19, Last Updated: 01/10/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6006703
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD LOT 1-108
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES AMD LOT 1-108
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/10/2020 by 2%
Status: Active


REDUCED Own a single-level water front home in Val Vista Lakes gated Regatta subdivision. You will fall in love with this community and the lakes lifestyle! Private street at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with additional parking in the center court. Single level living with open floorplan for easy entertaining! Large master bedroom with outdoor access to the hot tub on the private patio. Two bedrooms with a shared Jack-n-Jill bathroom. Large space for home office. Third bay of garage has been converted for living space. Possible 5th bedroom or can easily be converted back to garage. (Ask about details) North south facing with large patio stubbed for gas outdoor kitchen. Outdoor fireplace adjacent to hot tub for romantic evenings under the stars! Newer carpeting and paint.

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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


$689,500 :: 1726 E QUEEN PALM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,134 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 11/22/19, Last Updated: 01/03/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6008019
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 1/3/2020 by 1%
Status: Active


Great new price on this amazing waterfront lakehome! Gorgeous views of the big lake plus you can boat to the clubhouse! Pebble-tec pool and spa with updated decking, huge north-facing patio overlooking grassy backyard & lake! Newly updated flooring and interior & exterior paint. Gourmet kitchen with updated cabinets, huge island, stainless steel appliances double ovens and microwave. Family room fireplace, formal living & dining room, 4th bdrm/office off family room with views of the lake, next to 3rd full bath (Seller will add closet upon request) Huge laundry room & pantry! Upstairs is oversized master suite w/separate custom shower & garden tub. 2 more bedrooms up w/Jack & Jill bath between. Extended length garage w/cabinets! One of the lowest priced waterfront homes for sale at this t

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$1,800,000 :: 193 N Ski Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 6,700 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,038 sq ft
Added: 10/14/19, Last Updated: 01/03/20
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5991650
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT 1-20 TR A-H
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT 1-20 TR A-H
Status: Active


Beautiful Custom home on a private water ski lake. Water ski, tube, wakeboard, all out your back door. This home is the builders personal home. Custom in every way. Master Suite, plus office & guest bedroom all on the first floor. All bedrooms have their own full bathroom. Open great room with 21ft ceiling open wall of windows to the beautiful lake view. Granite counter tops, Top of the line stainless steel appliances, double ovens, warming draw, 6 burner Thermador Cook top, custom oak cabinets through out the home. Large center island with vegetable sink & eating area. Large covered patio with built in misters, built in BBQ & sink. Private boat dock with sink & small refrigerator. Large ski house to store tubes, wake boards, skis Large 5 car garage with built in cabinets, epoxy floor

Listed with The Hogan Group LLC


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$895,000 :: 1709 E COCO PALM Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,945 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 12/18/19, Last Updated: 12/18/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6015487
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


Amazing Custom Waterfront Home in Val Vista Lakes. The builder, built this home for himself and no details were missed. The gourmet kitchen has a gas stove, double ovens, island with a prep sink and a 2019 Chef's Stainless Steel refrigerator. There is an abundance of cabinets and work space. The home is light, bright and airy with large picture windows capturing the breath taking views of the backyard and lake. The backyard in an oasis with a negative edge pool, spa, built in BBQ and gas fire pit. The home is perfectly positioned to look down the length of the lake and the curved wall offers privacy, while enjoying the outside. Inside the home there is a large family room with a wet bar and fridge, dining room, living room, bedroom and bathroom with shower. Master Retreat

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$364,900 :: 3709 E Meadowview Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,623 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 12/17/19, Last Updated: 12/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6015394
Community: Seville Parcel 9
Tract: Seville Parcel 9
Status: Active


GOLF COURSE LOT with a beautiful mountain view of the 16th fairway. This home is located in the highly desired Seville Golf and Country Club neighborhood and it welcomes you into an open concept great room floor plan with 3 bedrooms (or 2 bedrooms and a den). It is perfect for entertaining, the spacious kitchen features a large breakfast bar at the counter. The backyard has an extended covered patio with spectacular views of the golf course. The master bathroom features double sinks, separate bath tub and shower, private toilet room, and a walk-in closet. The extended two car garage includes epoxied floors, a mop sink, plenty of custom cabinets for storage and a new garage door. This highly cared for home had the HVAC replaced in 2017, New windows throughout the home installed in 2011,

Listed with West USA Realty


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$2,275,000 :: 1506 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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6 beds, 6.5 baths
Home size: 5,706 sq ft
Lot Size: 17,860 sq ft
Added: 11/14/19, Last Updated: 11/14/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6005014
Community: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRACT A-C
Tract: WEST LAKE ESTATES LOT 1-40 TRACT A-C
Status: Active


Welcome to ''Crown Jewel'' of Val Vista Lakes!! Here you will find an absolutely STUNNING & UNIQUE 'One-Of-A-Kind' luxury architectural MASTERPIECE. Located on a lake in the highly prestigeous West Lake Estates and on one of the largest lots in Val Vista Lakes. Incredible waterfront views. In a gated community. A $14 million clubhouse, directly across the street is also included! Recently remodeled to perfection--NO expenses spared here! This contemporary estate is fully automated---control the huge sliding doors, blinds, kitchen cabinets, pool, thermostat, lights and much more, all at the touch of a button on your phone! This 'Smart Home' is designed to fully integrate with your smart phone. This one is only for the very discriminating buyer who wants it ALL and wont settle...

Listed with Cooper Premier Properties LLC


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$839,900 :: 532 N ACACIA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,063 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 09/16/19, Last Updated: 11/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5979288
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/7/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Incredible remodeled Waterfront Home w/covered patio, refreshing pool, spa, synthetic grass, private balcony/deck, and amazing views of the lake. Enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, and swimming! Dramatic soaring ceilings, sweeping stairway to second level, travertine floor, soothing interior palette, upgraded recessed lighting/ceiling fans, and Architectural details throughout. Decorative columns, arched windows, wet bar with tile, French Doors to patio, hardwood floor, and stacked stone fireplace. Gorgeous gourmet kitchen features x-large center island, granite counters, travertine backsplash, SS appliances, and plethora of upgraded wood cabinetry. Fantastic loft area with endless possibilities. New paver driveway, iron gates, and cement RV parking.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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