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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$515,000 :: 521 S Marina Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,425 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,356 sq ft
Added: 06/12/21, Last Updated: 09/21/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6248280
Community: CORAL POINTE
Tract: CORAL POINTE
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/21/2021 by 1%
Status: Active


Beautiful lake views from this waterfront home in the gated community of The Islands a" enjoy the lake views from the living room, master bedroom & upstairs bedroom! It features an open split floor plan with master bedroom downstairs, vaulted ceiling, 10 year old AC, 10 year old roof & 5 year old boat deck. The kitchen is open with lots of cabinet space, great countertop space, well taken care of appliances, breakfast bar & large pantry space! The master bedroom is large enough for a king bed to fit comfortably. Separate loft can be used as office space with built-ins. Enjoy the 180 degree lake views from the backyard deck & private dock. Front yard landscaping is included with HOA! Great location for an owner occupant, family, rental or winter visitor.

Listed with North & Co


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$795,000 :: 5051 S Girard Street, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,869 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 08/26/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6283918
Community: Bridges
Tract: Bridges
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/1/2021 by 4%
Status: Active


Stunning 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home in the sought after Bridges community. This 3869 square foot home has tons of space. Enter into the formal dining room & living space, with staircase, and a half bath. Open great room kitchen with massive island, breakfast seating, white linen cabinets Silestone quartz countertops. Upgraded Stainless appliances and eat in kitchen area. Large family room with lovely wood look tile flooring. Large master with 5 piece master bath, walk in closet connected to laundry. and views of the beautiful mountain vista. Huge open loft with unique space. 3 car tandem garage with opener and paver driveway. Large grass backyard backs to greenbelt. This Premium lot is close to Gilbert regional,

Listed with O48 Realty


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$599,900 :: 136 N STARBOARD Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,177 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,841 sq ft
Added: 09/20/21, Last Updated: 09/20/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6295652
Community: EAST LAKE AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-46 TR A,B
Tract: EAST LAKE AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-46 TR A,B
Status: Active


Welcome to the waterfront community of East Lake in central Gilbert. This 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home has been remodeled from the studs and shows like a new build model. The pictures tell the story! All mechanicals are brand new... a/c units/air handler and ducting & water heater. All flooring (tile and carpet new). Amazing designer touches in all bathrooms. Oversized master bedroom with lake views master bath features tiled stand alone shower with seamless glass enclosure and separate soaker tub. Different cabinet finishes in all 3 bathrooms and kitchen. Spacious kitchen with white shaker cabinets, some with pull out shelving, new disposal and faucet sink combo. Breakfast bar and eat in area. Family room (with fireplace) right off the kitchen which makes a good entertaining space.

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$560,000 :: 1442 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 06/18/21, Last Updated: 09/09/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6239386
Community: the islandstownhomes on coral reef
Tract: the islandstownhomes on coral reef
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/9/2021 by 2%
Status: Active


Lake front property! Bring your paddle boats, pontoons, kyaks, paddle boards, canoes and troll around in these beautiful water. This fantastic water front property is waiting for you to call it home. Liveable floor plan. Beautiful views from your patio and balcony. Travetine floors, master travertine shower and surrounds- spacious bedrooms, open greatroom and kitchen with beautiful granite counters and island. Den downstairs and loft upstairs. Perfect lock and leave home as the HOA maintains outside. Just put in a boat dock and you are ready to relax and have fun right out your backdoor.

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$1,287,461 :: 1452 E BLUE RIDGE Way, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,949 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,633 sq ft
Added: 07/28/21, Last Updated: 09/02/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6270680
Community: HAMSTRA DAIRY PHASE 1 REPLAT
Tract: HAMSTRA DAIRY PHASE 1 REPLAT
The price of this listing was last increased on 9/2/2021 by 0%
Status: Active


Located in the master-planned community of Waterston with a 7-acre Central Park and Lake this single story MODEL home features black gourmet stainless steel appliances with a G.E. 36'' gas cooktop, double wall ovens, professional 36'' vented hood, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator, granite and quartz kitchen countertops, designer kitchen backsplash, Timberlake Portfolio Lusanne maple truffle kitchen cabinets, oversized kitchen island, two-tone interior paint, 12' ceiling at great room, walk-in shower at primary bath, stackable washer and dryer at primary suite closet, slider at gameroom, exterior fireplace in courtyard, exterior French door at primary suite, professionally landscaped front and back, pavers at driveway and porch and so much more. Close of escrow on or before 11/15/21

Listed with Tri Pointe Homes Arizona Realty


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$349,900 :: 2670 S VOYAGER Drive #109, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,006 sq ft
Lot Size: 872 sq ft
Added: 08/23/21, Last Updated: 08/23/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6283225
Community: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 3 CONDOMINIUM AMD
Tract: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 3 CONDOMINIUM AMD
Status: Active


Located in the highly sought after GATED neighborhood of Annecy. This spectacular residence sits on the waterfront within a gated community that is close to great schools, shopping, fine dining, freeways, hospitals and more. This residence features a spacious kitchen with granite counters, upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances & tile backsplash. Kitchen opens to a great room and has tile & bamboo wood flooring, beautiful window treatments, vaulted ceilings and numerous decorative touches. Master bedroom includes a large master bathroom and walk-in closet. 2nd bedroom/den + additional full bathroom. Downstairs features a 2nd family room. 2 car garage with cabinets, work bench and plenty of storage room.

Listed with Venture REI, LLC


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$575,900 :: 1025 W PENINSULA Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,787 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,019 sq ft
Added: 12/05/20, Last Updated: 01/27/21
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6156476
Community: WINDHAVEN
Tract: WINDHAVEN
Status: Active


BEST PRICED WATERFRONT ISLAND HM.N/S.EXP.OVER 10K SF WATERFRT VIEW LOT W/94 FEET OF WATER FRONT & APPROX.120FT DEEP LOT.PRVT DOCK BRIGHT&OPEN.FORMAL LVG;DININGNOOK+FR.VAULTED CEILING.UPDATED FLOORING;GRANITE COUNTER KITCHEN CABINETS;WHITE WOOD SHUTTERS.SECURITY DRS@ENTRY&BACK PATIO DBL FRENCH DOOR. OVER-SIZED COV'D PATIO.WET BAR W/GRANITE COUNTER.ALL BATHS HAVE BEEN REMODELED.MASSIVE MASTER BR W/HIS&HER'S CLOSETSSEP.TUB/SHOWER.2 SINKS W/SPACIOUS COUNTER SPACE&STORAGE.DBL FRENCH DOOR W/SEC.IRON GATE WALK ON TO PVT WATER FRONT VIEW DECK FOR YOUR LEISURE MORNING RELAXATION -THEN RETURN TO ENJOY THE INCREDIBLE ARIZONA SUNSET-LIFE IS JUST PERFECT HERE. HURRY! CALL NOW FOR YOUR PRIVATE TOUR ARRANGEMENT. MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE. MASKS REQUIRED WHILE ON THE PREMISE.

Listed with FDR Real Estate


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