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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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,048 sq ft
Lot Size: 2,178 sq ft
Added: 05/14/21, Last Updated: 05/14/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6234271
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF
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Rare North/South exposure on the Waterfront in the Islands of Gilbert! Low maintenance living at its best! This freshly updated townhome on the water in Islands is that perfect low maintenance, relaxing home you've been looking for. Dramatic double height ceilings in the living room welcome you to this well cared for and turn key property. Kitchen opens to the dining room and both share views of the water. Laundry, garage access, half bath and storage are downstairs. Upstairs you'll find 3 bedrooms and 2 more baths. Master bedroom boasts huge walk-in closet, snail shower & private, lakeside balcony. Solar tube skylights bring in lots of natural light while keeping the heat out. Secondary bedrooms have balcony access as well. These units are rare in normal markets, so don't delay!

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$500,000 :: 1438 W CORAL REEF Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,289 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,743 sq ft
Added: 05/06/21, Last Updated: 05/13/21
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 6232253
Community: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF Islands
Tract: TOWNHOMES ON CORAL REEF Islands
Status: Active


You'll love this stunning waterfront home now available!! Enter home to see a dramatic entry with spiral-type staircase, a lovely den/office, and an open living room that overlooks the kitchen. Spotless kitchen has stainless steel appliances, center island w/breakfast bar, plenty of cabinets, and pantry. Upstairs, you'll find an adorable loft with a window bench! The master retreat includes sliding doors that open to a private balcony, large walk-in closet, a window bench, and a full bath w/dual sinks & separate tub/shower. Both of the additional bedrooms include private access to the balcony! Out back, spend relaxing evenings while gazing at the amazing lake which includes a private dock for your personal boat. This gem won't last on the market! Make an offer now!

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$725,000 :: 1302 W Windrift Way, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,023 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,197 sq ft
Added: 04/22/21, Last Updated: 05/12/21
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MLS Number: 6223848
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WELCOME TO YOUR PRIVATE ''OASIS'' IN THE ARIZONA DESERT! ** BRAND NEW TILE ROOF TO BE INSTALLED, JUNE 1ST! 10 YR WARRANTY! BRAND NEW A/C UNIT TO BE INSTALLED 5/20! INVESTOR VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY! ENJOY THE STUNNING VIEWS FROM THIS CORNER LOT WATERFRONT HOME! THE LAKE IS A PRIVATE LAKE THAT ALLOWS ELECTRIC PONTOON BOATS FOR YOUR EVENING COCKTAIL CRUISE!! THIS GORGEOUS HOME BOASTS A LARGE DIVNG POOL, HOT TUB AND PRIVATE DOCK THAT YOU CAN FISH FROM! RECENTLY REMODELED! PRIVATE LAKE DIRECT ACCESS! THREE BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS WITH AN ADDITIONAL LOFT! NORTH/SOUTH EXPOSURE!LIVE THE GOOD LIFE HERE IN THE ''ISLANDS!'' OWNER/AGENT

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,993 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,148 sq ft
Added: 05/08/21, Last Updated: 05/08/21
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Beautiful home on a premium lake front lot in the amazing community of Lago Estancia. Open floor plan with four bedrooms, loft and 2.5 baths. Amazing kitchen with upgraded cabinetry, plentiful pantry space. Flooring and bath finishes in tile, travertine, marble and slate. Upper level has solid French maritime pine flooring. 60k in upgrades since 2019 include new roof, high efficiency windows, AC system, exterior paint and pool. Serene backyard features two large covered patios, remodeled private pool, incredible lake views. One of very few homes with direct private lake access and no walking path traffic. Minutes from old town Gilbert on the water canal. Community has picnic area, walking and bike paths, children's park with playground. Don't miss this very special home.

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3 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 5,150 sq ft
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Added: 05/07/21, Last Updated: 05/07/21
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4 beds, 3 baths
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Added: 12/05/20, Last Updated: 01/27/21
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