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Fishing Cone
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Fishing Cone
Location West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°25′02″N 110°34′13″W / 44.4172652°N 110.5702776°W / 44.4172652; -110.5702776
Elevation 7,736 feet (2,358 m)
Type Cone geyser
Eruption height 40 feet (12 m)
West Thumb Geyser Basin

Fishing Cone, also known as Fishing Pot Hot Springs is a geyser in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

In the earlier part of the 20th century, this cone had eruptions as high as 40 feet (12 m). As the water level in Yellowstone Lake has increased, the cone is now inundated during the spring and the temperatures in the cone have cooled enough that it no longer erupts and is now considered a hot spring.


The name Fishing Cone can be traced back to tales told by mountain men of a lake where one could catch a fish, immediately dunk it into the hot spring, and cook it on the hook. A member of the 1870 Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition popularized this feat.

A ban on boiling live fish in the spring was announced in November 1911 and became effective in the beginning of 1912 following animal welfare concerns. Park visitors are now prohibited from fishing off the cone and cooking the fish in the boiling water altogether.

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