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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$499,990 :: 4566 S Riata Street #102, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,684 sq ft
Lot Size: 872 sq ft
Added: 06/27/22, Last Updated: 07/01/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6424848
Community: MOSAIC AT LAYTON LAKES CONDOMINIUMS
Tract: MOSAIC AT LAYTON LAKES CONDOMINIUMS
Status: Active


Why wait for something to be built when you can have this Brand New 3 Bedroom 2.5 bath never been lived in home today! Upgraded flooring and kitchen give this home a unique charm. The vaulted ceilings make this home feel larger than its 1,684 sqft floor plan. Upstairs you will find a split master bedroom overlooking the green belt and lake. The whole home is pre-wired for fans and is ready for all your wireless technology including thermostats, garage door, doorbells and so much more. Your new home is centrally located to shopping, city parks, lakes and the community boasts amenities that include swimming pool, splash pad, tennis courts, basketball courts, private playground, pavilion, walking and bike trails. The community takes care of all landscaping and outside maintenance.

Listed with HomeSmart


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$1,395,000 :: 1124 N PEPPERTREE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,375 sq ft
Lot Size: 11,326 sq ft
Added: 07/01/22, Last Updated: 07/01/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6410225
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


Enjoy premium lake views from this 5 bed/3 bath home in gorgeous Lakeside at Val Vista Lakes. This waterfront home is perfect for relaxing and entertaining inside and out. Cruise 7 miles of shoreline or enjoy nightly sunsets from the upper deck. Put your culinary skills to use with the outdoor kitchen, unwind in the private pool or enjoy lounging by the outdoor fireplace or firepit. Club amenities include workout facility, jr olympic pool, beach entry pool, racquetball, tennis, pickle ball and more! This lush green lake community is a quick commute to the 60 for great valley wide access.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$1,350,000 :: 1734 E QUEEN PALM Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,658 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 06/30/22, Last Updated: 06/30/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6422790
Community: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: LAKESIDE AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


One-of-a-kind custom-built home in the desirable Lakeside located in the Val Vista Lakes Community is now on the market! As soon as you walk through the front door, you are greeted with an open, bright home, sprawling staircase, & family room 3-panel window-sliding arcadia door which looks out on to the pool, lush resort-like backyard and the lake. Seller has masterfully created a haven with new palm trees, fig trees, and citrus trees to compliment the lush landscape of the Val Vista Lakes Community. This remodeled beauty features floor to ceiling windows, remodeled kitchen with new oven/range, new $10,000 whole house water filtration system & comes fully furnished interior & exterior with all furniture purchased in the last year. Enjoy the wonderful Arizona outdoor

Listed with Redfin Corporation


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$460,000 :: 1698 E BRIDGEPORT Parkway, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,369 sq ft
Lot Size: 872 sq ft
Added: 06/16/22, Last Updated: 06/30/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6418126
Community: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 1 CONDOMINIUM BLKS 1 32 3
Tract: VAL VISTA CLASSIC PARCEL 1 CONDOMINIUM BLKS 1 32 3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/30/2022 by 3%
Status: Active


Absolutely stunning home located in Val Vista Classic community of Gilbert! This home has it all! This immaculate home features TONS of upgrades such as plank tile flooring, surround sound, quartz counter tops, upgraded cabinets with crown molding, stainless GE appliances, backsplash, a balcony that overlooks the water right in front of the home, a spacious master bedroom, the secondary bedroom also has a full bath, and many more upgrades. This home is absolutely immaculate and move in ready! This home is low maintenance and ready to call home. It is located near San Tan Mall and minutes downtown Gilbert, and in a gated community as well!

Listed with Keller Williams Integrity First


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$915,000 :: 3654 E CHESTNUT Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,896 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,277 sq ft
Added: 06/03/22, Last Updated: 06/30/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6408688
Community: BRIDGES AT GILBERT PHASE 1 PARCEL 4
Tract: BRIDGES AT GILBERT PHASE 1 PARCEL 4
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/30/2022 by 1%
Status: Active


This gorgeous, highly upgraded ($190K) Bridges home is move-in ready! Single level beauty on an impeccable, low maintenance corner lot is walking distance to Lake Park, Tot Lot & highly rated 10/10 Bridges Elementary. Graced with natural light, this expansive, open floor plan flows from a private courtyard w/ open slider to the stacking glass wall leading to a custom designed patio and pool area. An entertaining lifestyle is afforded w/ a bar/beverage center & chef's kitchen w/ expanded, high end cabinetry, double ovens, gas range & large walk-in pantry. A granite/stone finished island & breakfast area overlook the backyard, resort-style haven. THIS backyard is the essence of an Arizona Outdoor Lifestyle! Listen to 3 linear waterfalls in your zero entry, heated pool or dine al fresco

Listed with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty


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$4,200,000 :: 47 N SKI Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 5,658 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,038 sq ft
Added: 06/25/22, Last Updated: 06/25/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6408482
Community: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT 1-20 TR A-H
Tract: CRYSTAL POINT ESTATES AMD LOT 1-20 TR A-H
Status: Active


Stunning Contemporary Luxury Home in prestigious Crystal Point Estates is now available for private showings. This gorgeous home is named by the owner Casa Motu, which means - House of the Private Island and is located in a Gated & Private Water Ski Lake Community in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are dreaming of living a resort style lifestyle on the water, this is the home and community for you! It's a lifestyle like no other! Perfectly situated it is convenient to Sky Harbor Int. Airport, Phoenix Gateway Airport, Chandler Air Park, major malls, golf resorts. freeways 60, 202 & 101, & so much more ! With 4BRs+4 BRs and 5860 sq ft and a negative edge pool w/Spa, this east facing backyard has the most gorgeous water views on the lake. Big mention:: No homes across the lake & No home north side!

Listed with Coldwell Banker Realty


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$599,999 :: 755 E ZION Drive #103, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,028 sq ft
Lot Size: 872 sq ft
Added: 06/22/22, Last Updated: 06/22/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6420244
Community: MOSAIC AT LAYTON LAKES CONDOMINIUMS AMD
Tract: MOSAIC AT LAYTON LAKES CONDOMINIUMS AMD
Status: Active


This house is MOVE-IN READY. Enter into a comfortable great room, dining room and lovely kitchen with white cabinets, gold hardware, and Quartz countertops. It features GE Profile appliances, a beautiful backsplash, two pantries, & a great spot for a coffee bar. Enjoy the view of the lake through a large picture window. Windows have motorized blinds. The downstairs has vinyl plank, with one bedroom and full bathroom. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with a large loft for a den or office. Upstairs windows decorated with plantation shutters and every room has a fan.The garage has racks for storage. This home is located in Layton Lakes with walking paths, lakes, parks for tots and available swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and so much to enjoy!

Listed with Hague Partners


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$594,900 :: 755 E ZION Drive #102, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,684 sq ft
Lot Size: 872 sq ft
Added: 06/17/22, Last Updated: 06/17/22
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6402771
Community: MOSAIC AT LAYTON LAKES CONDOMINIUMS AMD
Tract: MOSAIC AT LAYTON LAKES CONDOMINIUMS AMD
Status: Active


Beautiful townhome in highly desirable neighborhood of Mosaic at Layton Lakes. Just minutes from expansive shopping and L202. This like-new home features a lake view and mountain view! Enjoy 3 BR, 2.5 BA, kitchen, dining, great room, huge laundry room, and loft with built-in desk. Soak up the beautiful Arizona weather in your private oversized backyard, with no home behind you. Garage has epoxy floor, insulated garage door, and upper shelving for storage. Home has upgrades galore which are listed in Documents. Mosaic is a gated community within Layton Lakes. Enjoy all its amenities: swimming pool, spa, BBQ area, and kids playground. Also enjoy all of Layton Lakes fishing lakes, walking trails, jogging tracks, splash pad, and sport fields. HOA includes water/sewer/gas/valet trash.

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$925,000 :: 552 N MONDEL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,552 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 05/09/22, Last Updated: 06/10/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6396914
Community: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
Tract: PLAYA DEL REY AMENDED
The price of this listing was last reduced on 5/31/2022 by 8%
Status: Active


Luxury waterfront home in Gilbert's exclusive Playa Del Rey Estates. This lake community oasis features 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths. Master bedroom has own private level that boast balcony/patio with view of the lake. Many features and updates, 3 car gar, play pool, water softener, fruit tree. Superior granite counter tops, top of line Viking appliances, low flow toilets, executive office including mahogany built in bookshelf and desk. PRICE ADJUSTMENT...MOTIVATED SELLER !!!!!!!

Listed with Call Realty, Inc.


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$1,048,900 :: 1114 E CULLUMBER Street, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 2,970 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,970 sq ft
Added: 05/28/22, Last Updated: 06/06/22
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 6407922
Community: SOUTHERN SHORES AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-33 TR A B
Tract: SOUTHERN SHORES AT WIND DRIFT LOT 1-33 TR A B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/6/2022 by 5%
Status: Active


Prepare to be amazed! Come and see this completely remodeled 4 bed, 3.5 bathrooms, waterfront residence now for sale in the Lake Community of Wind Drift! Upon entering you will find soaring ceilings, a 1st floor guest bedroom and a large office/flex space w/mini split. This home has a spacious great room with pre-wired surround sound and luxurious 24x24 tile floors. The elegant kitchen displays custom white cabinets, tile backsplash, granite counters, dry bar, SS appliances, a large waterfall island, & a lovely bay window looking out to the lake. The large master bedroom includes balcony access, an upscale bathroom w/2 vanities, a standalone tub, & walk-in closet. This home also features a media/game room as well as air conditioned garage/work out area/workshop! This home has it all!

Listed with HomeSmart


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