The Batten Kill voluntary angler diary study allows the department to assess the current quality of the Kill's fishery, evaluate trends, and help guide future management of the Kill.

What Is the Batten Kill Angler Diary Study?

Volunteer anglers keep records of their fishing trips and record the information using our online form. As a cooperator in this study you will be issued a diary booklet to record trip information during your fishing outings.

You can obtain a booklet by emailing Ken Cox (ken.cox@vermont.gov ) or calling (802) 885-8828. Diary forms also may be downloaded from this website.

When you return from your fishing outing, use our online data entry form to transfer your information from your diary booklet.

What Is Expected of a Cooperator?

For all fishing trips you make to the Kill, you enter the required Information completely and accurately, and then transferred the data to the online form. This includes information for trips when you do not catch fish.

At the end of the fishing season you will be contacted and provided with a means of returning the diaries to us at no cost to you. If you wish, we will return the booklets to you once they have been reviewed. All cooperators will be provided with a copy of the final report after it is completed.

Please review the instructions for completing the diary form to become familiar with what information you will be collecting and how to report it.

If you have any questions, contact Ken Cox, Fisheries Biologist by emailing ken.cox@vermont.gov or calling (802) 885-8828.

Instructions For Completing the Diary Form

  • Fill out fishing trip information in the diary booklet or diary form frequently throughout the fishing day to avoid having to rely on memory possibly leading to incomplete or inaccurate entries. Preferably take a couple minutes to make entries as soon as you come off the water, before moving to a different fishing zone or switching to another fishing method (e.g., a change from fly fishing to spin casting).

  • Record trip information even if you do not catch any trout. Be sure to check off no fish were caught.

  • If when fishing a specific zone, you take a break of a half hour or more, such as for lunch, record the information before the break as if it were a separate fishing event from that after the break. One event per booklet page, please.

  • If one or more anglers fish with you, such as friends or clients of a fishing guide, include all their information with your own only if they fished the same times, fishing zones and used similar methods (e.g., all fly fished).

    On the other hand if they fished differently, then their information should be recorded as separate events.

    Fishing guides: If you are assisting a client(s), but are not actually fishing yourself, then you should not record yourself as an angler.

  • The Batten Kill main stem is separated into six zones that you will use to report fishing trip information. Please do not combine zones when reporting trip information. View Batten Kill Diary Zone Map

    • Batten Kill A: New York-Vermont state line upstream to mouth of Green River.

    • Batten Kill B: Mouth of Green River upstream to mouth of Benedict Hollow Brook.

    • Batten Kill C: Mouth of Benedict Hollow Brook upstream to Route 313 Bridge in Arlington.

    • Batten Kill D: Route 313 Bridge upstream to base of Dufresne Pond Dam in Manchester.

    • Batten Kill E: Hill Farm stretch in Sunderland from Arlington-Sunderland town line upstream to Hill Farm Bridge. Batten Kill E is included within Batten Kill D but should be reported separately

    • Batten Kill F: Upstream of Dufresne Pond Dam but not including the pond itself.

  • Three principal tributaries (Green River, Roaring Branch, West Branch) are also of interest to this study. If you fish any tributaries other than these three, assign fishing information to the "other" option.

  • Recording Fish Lengths – It’s not necessary to take precise length measurements of each fish you catch. A best visual estimate is quite acceptable. Length is measured from tip of snout to tip of tail. Excessive and unnecessary handling of trout may cause them stress or injury possibly leading to post-release mortality.

  • Adipose Fin - Check the condition of the adipose fin (the small fleshy tab on the fish’s back between the dorsal and tail fins – see diagram). This fin is sometimes removed by fishery managers to distinguish fish for various purposes.

    Missing Adipose

    New York marks trout stocked into the Batten Kill downstream of the state line by removing the adipose fin and helps to identify stocked fish from wild ones.

  • Number of Lines - Vermont fishing regulations allow anglers to use up to two lines (rods) at one time. While this is obviously impractical for fly fishers and spin casters, it is sometimes practiced by still (bait) anglers

Online Data Form

  • We encourage you to transfer information from your diary booklet or form to the online data site as soon as practical following trip completion.
  • Your name is being requested only to link your online data entries with diary entries for quality assurance purposes.
  • For the information you submit to be used in our data analysis it is critical for the information to be recorded completely and accurately. This includes fishing event start and end times.

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