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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$747,000 :: 1814 E LAKECREST Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,320 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5757045
Community: CRYSTAL SHORES AMD LOT 1-82 TR
Tract: CRYSTAL SHORES AMD LOT 1-82 TR
Status: Active




Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$325,000 :: 1425 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,967 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,742 sq ft
Added: 04/26/18, Last Updated: 04/26/18
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5756946
Community: The Islands
Tract: The Islands
Status: Active


Spectacular waterfront TH (3 bed/2.5 bath) in Gilbert's lake community, The Islands. You'll love the soaring ceilings in LR w gorgeous stacked stone fireplace. Entertain guests in DR overlooking water or step outside to extended brick paver patio & dock area. Kitchen features updated cabinets, granite, tile backsplash & stainless steel appliances. Large laundry room/pantry located off kitchen. Convenient half bath downstairs. Upstairs features master retreat w vaulted ceiling & patio doors to balcony overlooking water--perfect for capturing Arizona sunsets. Updated master bath w double sinks & soaking tub. Two more bedrooms upstairs & updated guest bath. HOA maintains landscaping & community pool. Perfect full-time or ''lock & leave'' 2nd home. You'll love living in The Islands!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$800,000 :: 1825 E MONARCH BAY Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,140 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,761 sq ft
Added: 04/23/18, Last Updated: 04/23/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5755855
Community: CRYSTAL SHORES AT VAL VISTA LA
Tract: CRYSTAL SHORES AT VAL VISTA LA
Status: Active


Must see this beautiful and updated home with dramatic vaulted ceilings on the 'big' lake in the much sought after community of Val Vista Lakes*Enter to living room and separate dining room*Island kitchen has been remodeled with stainless steel appliances, gas stove, beautiful cabinets, walk in pantry and eating area*Family room has marble gas fireplace*Luxury master suite boasts remodeled bathroom with double head shower,Jacuzzi tub, double sinks, and closet organizers*Fabulous yard has outdoor kitchen with sink, bar and grill, *Beautiful pebble tec pool and separate spa with new heater*High pressure mister systems on downstairs patio and upstairs deck*Val Vista Lakes community includes 4 lakes, a swimming lagoon, junior Olympic pool, Jacuzzi*The clubhouse includes cardio room,

Listed with Penfield Properties


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$335,000 :: 687 S Sahuaro Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,299 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 03/22/18, Last Updated: 04/22/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5740548
Community: LAGO ESTANCIA
Tract: LAGO ESTANCIA
Status: Active


Rare waterfront property! Beautiful, spacious home. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, large loft. 3 car garage. Beautiful pool. Exterior painted Dec 2013. Just a couple miles away from Downtown Gilbert and all it has to offer.

Listed with Geneva Real Estate and Investments


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$330,000 :: 229 E VAUGHN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,678 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 04/20/18, Last Updated: 04/21/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5755125
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES MANOR LOT 1-
Status: Active


Water front home within walking/biking distance to Downtown Gilbert. Bike path leads directly to dining, shopping and entertainment.Tons of living space in this cozy home, perfect for entertaining and family gatherings. The amazing outdoor space offers peaceful waterfront views plus you can paddle boat around the lake ( yes the boat comes with) Kayaking is allowed as well as catch and release. This home allows for an amazing resort lifestyle.The guest bedrooms create a private wing with a separate entrance and a shared bathroom. So many possibilities! Two community pools with hot tubs both on the water. One pool is heated.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$755,000 :: 1520 E TREASURE COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,446 sq ft
Lot Size: 16,988 sq ft
Added: 04/20/18, Last Updated: 04/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5754636
Community: Val Vista Lakes WEST LAKE ESTA
Tract: Val Vista Lakes WEST LAKE ESTA
Status: Active


Highly desirable single level custom waterfront home in West Lake Estates*Beautiful entrance with private gated courtyard and front water fountain *Separate guest detached mother-in-law suite or used for private Home office*Large master suite with separate outdoor exit*Huge master closet*Separate tub and shower*Large open and bright custom kitchen with gorgeous views of the lake*Kitchen island*Travertine countertops*Family room with 2 sided gas fireplace with breath taking views of the lake*Split floor*Wonderful backyard for entertaining family and friends with full length patio*Built-in barbecue*Pebble tech pool*Boat dock for private boat*This is a must see*Don't forget about the use of the Val Vista Lakes Club house with beach pool area, swimming pool, gym, tennis and so much more

Listed with Elite Desert Realty, LLC


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$489,000 :: 433 S LAKE MIRAGE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,593 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Added: 04/06/18, Last Updated: 04/06/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5747954
Community: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Tract: LAKE MIRAGE LOT 1-38 TR A-I
Status: Active


One of the most incredible view lots in The Islands with soaring ceilings and windows to appreciate the one-of-a-kind long lake view in multiple directions. This beautiful home comes with designer kitchen, granite countertops, travertine flooring, and upgraded finishes thought. Two masters, one up and one downstairs equipped with two vanities. Relax outside while enjoying the tranquil water or enjoy an active lifestyle community with restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Exterior includes built in dock, entertaining fridge, and second story patio with views galore.

Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$494,999 :: 542 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,913 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 01/29/18, Last Updated: 04/05/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5715811
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/5/2018 by 1%
Status: Active


WOW! Honey stop the car, this is a great location close to schools, parks & shopping. A highly desirable area with a ski lake. This home is on the water with a fountain you can see from all your rear facing windows. 4 bedroom with one bedroom downstairs & a full bath downstairs, formal living & dining, Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops open to the great room,3 bedrooms upstairs & loft, tile in all the right spots. Huge covered patio with barbecue great views to enjoy all year long. 2 car garage with cabinets, new water heater & dishwasher and fresh paint. Seller is offering a $5000.00 flooring allowance with accepted offer. Truly a must see, it won't last long.

Listed with Southwest Mountain Realty, LLC


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$444,888 :: 1345 W CLEAR SPRING Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,643 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 04/04/18, Last Updated: 04/04/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5746489
Community: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Tract: CORAL POINT REPLAT LOT 76-101
Status: Active


There is only one gated waterfront community in The Islands, and this fully updated home is located there. Welcome to The Falls where you can lock your door and leave because the HOA covers front and rear landscaping and exterior painting every seven years. From the moment you arrive at this beautiful waterfall community home you will love the curb appeal. The covered entry invites you into a grand foyer with a beautiful staircase and soaring ceilings. As you gaze across the giant family room you will be instantly drawn to your amazing water view. The oversized patio beckons you for relaxing evenings taking in your view of one of three community lakes. Take a cruise on a pontoon from your own private boat dock

Listed with The Beshk Group, Inc.


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$925,000 :: 1125 N DATE PALM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,458 sq ft
Lot Size: 13,068 sq ft
Added: 09/14/17, Last Updated: 04/04/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5660217
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 4/4/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Absolutely stunning semi-custom home in the Lakeside neighborhood in Val Vista Lakes where homes are going up to over $250/sqft. This completely remodeled home features the absolute best lake views that Val Vista Lakes has to offer, a professionally designed putting and pitching green, top of the line artificial grass backyard, stunning 12 person spa and pebble sheen pool that is wrapped with Marbella stone on the pool deck, built in gas and charcoal grills, amazing outdoor gas fire pit that overlooks the lake and pop-out tv for enjoying a game while sitting in the pool or on the patio. Inside you will fine a custom gourmet kitchen with double edge eco-quartz countertops, travertine tile and hardwood floors, plantation shutters and tinted and reflective windows for privacy and efficiency.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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