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!

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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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$654,900 :: 2036 E Clipper Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,493 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 09/19/19, Last Updated: 09/19/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5980928
Community: Val Vista Lakes
Tract: Val Vista Lakes
Status: Active


Well this is a super nice home in a highly desirable East Valley lake community and its waiting for you, to call it HOME! Here we go, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with just under 2,500 square feet. Nice vaulted ceilings in the Living and Family Room. Large great room concept flows nicely into Family room with a massive Kitchen Island, perfect to use a breakfast bar-plus you have a spot for your Eat in Kitchen and still have a formal dining spot. Upgraded flooring in the entire house from tile to carpet. The Upgrades over the past few years include a New Roof (2015) New AC/Furnace in 2014, all 3 bedrooms had new carpet installed in 2014 as well. Master has tile flooring, bay window and gorgeous lake views. The community, in case you've never seen it, features a Million Dollar Clubhouse which

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley


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$755,000 :: 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: 09/17/19
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 9/17/2019 by 2%
Status: Active


Location is Everything! Direct Lake Access with Rare Private Covered Boat Slip and Lift. Wakeboard, Jet Ski and Kayak from Your Own Backyard in this Private Recreational Lake Community. Interior boasts spacious, light-filled rooms, wood plank flooring and beautiful South facing lake views. Home has been updated to include newer appliances, A/C, 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-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.

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$849,900 :: 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: 09/16/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5979288
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
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.

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$379,900 :: 449 S MARINA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,210 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,228 sq ft
Added: 06/07/19, Last Updated: 09/12/19
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 5932313
Community: CORAL POINT TRACT A-K
Tract: CORAL POINT TRACT A-K
Status: Active


Back on Market! Charming 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Waterfront Home with dock In popular Islands Community. Updated Kitchen cabinets with Quartz countertops and stainless steel sink, just installed,. Interior freshly painted with white trim. A complete new roof professionally installed 2 years ago. This 2 story home has open floor plan with downstairs large den or formal dining room Home has 2 gas fireplaces in master bedroom and living room. The Falls at the Islands is a gated community and offers: Pool, Spa, and walking paths waterfalls, Fun on the lake with dock and great lake atmosphere. Please use Driggs Title Agency as this is Set-up for 1031 exchange. Buyer must cooperate in the exchange. Easy with no extra work for the buyer's agent. Agents, please see Semi-Private Remarks below.

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$630,000 :: 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: 06/27/19, Last Updated: 09/12/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5945164
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/12/2019 by 1%
Status: Active


Waterfront living*Single level* Many upgrades/recent improvements including: New roof underlayment plus sky lights; Bamboo wood flooring; newer carpet; updated cabinets; no salt H2o softener; stainless appliances; slab granite counter tops; plantation shutters; high efficiency A/C; remodeled MBR shower. Two fireplaces, one outside on patio next to in ground hot tub/spa. Boat dock! 3rd garage bay was converted to living space with extra insulation plus heated/cooled & Included in square footage. It can be converted back. Prestigious Val Vista Lakes resort living w/$10 Million Clubhouse, four lakes, junior Olympic heated pool, Jacuzzi, sandy beach entry lagoon, lighted tennis courts, racquetball, waterfalls, community activities, fishing, boating & workout facility w/cardio & weight rooms!

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$999,500 :: 1422 W COMMERCE Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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5 beds, 5 baths
Home size: 6,298 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 04/12/19, Last Updated: 08/29/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5910662
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/1/2019 by 5%
Status: Active


Do you love skiing & lake life? Would you like to be able to ski, wakeboard, jet-ski or paddle board every day of the year? If so, we have the PERFECT LAKEFRONT PROPERTY for you! This 5 bed (plus loft) / 5 bath two-story home w/ NEXT GEN SUITE is in the private lake community of Play del Ray on a crystal blue lake w/ a 1/2 mile loop which allows all types of motorized boats & jet skis, as well as swimming. The backyard/dock has brand new, heat resistant deck (no burning feet!), boat dock w/ motorized lift, crank shade structure, fully organized ''gear wall'' w/ racks, 2 outside heated showers, water fountain, sandbox (with auto water filler) & natural gas line for your BBQ. The side storage area is HUGE & can fit multiple vehicles, off-road ''toys'' and/or a RV.

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$925,000 :: 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: 07/13/19, Last Updated: 07/29/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5951956
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


Beautiful CUSTOM BUILD class R5 lakefront property in the sought after gated Lakeside @ Val Vista Lakes. This superb durable and well insulated property was structured in 2'' x 8'' studs with many luxury add-ons. One of the best lake views in the Val Vista Lakes. East facing backyard ensures amazing sunrises and cool afternoons with heated edgeless pool and spa in the spacious backyard oasis. Expansive master bedroom and balcony overlooks backyard and amazing lake views. The interior features: a formal living room and dining, spacious gourmet kitchen, and family room that opens to the beautiful backyard and sparkling blue water of the lake. Step-up ceilings, NEW Kitchen-Aid 48'' Double Door fridge, NEW Kitchen Countertops, like-New carpet, central vacuum, NEW Pool & Spa heater and more ..

Listed with Arizona United Realty


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$599,000 :: 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: 07/16/19, Last Updated: 07/17/19
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5953142
Community: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 1 2ND AMD
Tract: LAYTON LAKES PARCEL 1 2ND AMD
Status: Active


**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!!!

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