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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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,057 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,099 sq ft
Added: 11/16/19, Last Updated: 11/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6005818
Community: HARBOR VIEW AT WIND DRIFT
Tract: HARBOR VIEW AT WIND DRIFT
Status: Active




Listed with Gold Trust Realty


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$669,000 :: 1441 W BAHIA Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,554 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 11/15/19, Last Updated: 11/15/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6005212
Community: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS UNIT 1 LOT 1-9
Tract: SHORES AT THE ISLANDS UNIT 1 LOT 1-9
Status: Active


Waterfront property! South backyard W/ a covered patio,pool,kitchen,family room and master room all have the beautiful views of the serene lake.Home shows light bright and open from the moment that you enter the home your eyes are drawn out through the family room/kitchen and beyond to the water.Don't let 3 bdrm stop from showing, plenty of space to create more BEDROOMS.The impeccably kept home boasts vaulted ceilings,bright BASEMENT with windows,travertine floors,granite counter tops,surround sound,epoxy garage floors and built-in cabinets,water softener,large chefs kitchen that includes stainless steel appliances;4-burner Professional Series gas cook top,Dacor built-in Microwave/Convection oven and large 2nd oven,Bosch dishwasher,GE Monogram side by side refrigerator/freezer and

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


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$749,000 :: 1455 W HEATHER Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 4,561 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 07/05/19, Last Updated: 11/15/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5944062
Community: PLAYA DEL REY ESTATES
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY ESTATES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Location is Everything! Wakeboard, Jet Ski and Kayak from Your Own Backyard in this Private Recreational Lake Community. Direct Lake Access with Private Covered Boat Slip and Hydraulic Lift. Interior boasts spacious, light-filled rooms, wood plank flooring and beautiful South facing lake views. Home has been updated to include newer appliances, HVAC system, interior and exterior paint, Lutron Caseta smart home lighting system and more. Massive master suite opens to 450 square foot deck overlooking the lake. Split floor plan with multiple living spaces offer convenient options for guests and multi-generational living w/3 bedrooms and 2 full baths downstairs plus large home office. Add the ultimate media and game room if desired! Expand the outdoor living space w/lakeside dock if desired.

Listed with Platinum Living 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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$798,000 :: 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: 11/10/19
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 11/10/2019 by 3%
Status: Active


Lake Living at it's best! Robert McIntyre, the gifted architect behind Tlaquepaque in Sedona,AZ, created this custom residence that sits on 114 feet of direct lakefront with spectacular views of the lake and Islands' fountain. An original Street of Dreams home, McIntyre designed this one of a kind property in Santa Barbara Mission Style with Spanish colonial influences such as soaring coffered ceilings, molded concrete columns, arched doorways, private patios and courtyard. This home has been fully remodeled including new flooring throughout, upgraded bathrooms, and a beautifully renovated kitchen complete with upscale appliances and an oversized propane stove/oven that is any chef's dream.

Listed with Congress Realty, Inc.


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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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$725,000 :: 2135 E CLIPPER Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,442 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 11/07/19, Last Updated: 11/07/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6001746
Community: Val Vista Lakes, Regatta at Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes, Regatta at Val Vista Lakes
Status: Active


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Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$375,000 :: 617 S PARADISE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,156 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,921 sq ft
Added: 10/30/19, Last Updated: 11/04/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5998214
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/4/2019 by 4%
Status: Active


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Listed with The Beshk Group, Inc.


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$559,000 :: 4722 S GRISWOLD Street, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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6 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 3,753 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 10/20/19, Last Updated: 10/20/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5994386
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 1 2ND AMD
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 1 2ND AMD
Status: Active


Priced to sell!!! **WATERFRONT LOT WITH ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS IN ALL OF LAYTON LAKES!**MAIN LEVEL OF HOME HAS GUEST ROOM W/FULL BATH, FORMAL LIVING ROOM, FORMAL DINING, POWDER ROOM,GOURMET KITCHEN, PLUS A SEPARATE ASIAN KITCHEN; SPACIOUS FAMILY ROOM AND BREAKFAST ROOM WITH STUNNING WATER VIEWS**UPSTAIRS IS HUGE MASTER WITH HIS AND HERS WALK-IN CLOSETS, TWO SECONDARY BRS W/ JACK N JILL BATH AND TEEN SUITE W/PRIVATE BATH **OUTSIDE IS AN ENTERTAINER'S DREAM**TOP OF LINE SUN SHADES THROUGH OUT OF HOUSE TO PROVIDE XIMUM PRIVACY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY** SO MUCH MORE, COME SEE IT TODAY!!!

Listed with Gold Trust Realty


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$975,000 :: 1910 E WILLOW TREE Court, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 4.5 baths
Home size: 4,656 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,762 sq ft
Added: 10/18/19, Last Updated: 10/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5994028
Community: VAL VISTA LAKES - Lakeside
Tract: VAL VISTA LAKES - Lakeside
Status: Active


This gorgeous lakefront property is located in the highly sought after area of Val Vista Lakes in gated LAKESIDE! Boasting it's own boat dock,THESE HOMES ARE RARELY AVAIL. & SELL QUICKLY SO DON'T DELAY! Enter through the gorgeous wrought-iron front door to formal living & dining with 20 FT. soaring ceilings. UPGRADES FEATURING(4) NEW A/C UNITS IN 2016 & PLANTATION SHUTTERS throughout. Smart Home systems include NEST THERMOSTATS & SONOS SOUND THRUOUT HOME! The gourmet eat-in kitchen has an abundance of custom cabinets, granite counters, X-large center island, 2 BOSCH dishwashers, warming drawer, 48'' built-in fridge, dbl. wall ovens, microwave & custom elec. cook top are top of the line. 2 X-LG PANTRYS take care of extra storage. Take the popcorn into the THEATER with 100+ inch screen!

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