Fishing Cone

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The Fishing Cone (or Fishing Pot Hot Springs) is a geyser in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The Fishing Cone's name originated from tales told by mountain men who told tales of a lake where one could catch a fish, then immediately dunk it into the hot spring, and thus cook it right on the hook! The cone is now considered a hot spring, but earlier in the 20th century this cone nearly always had 40 feet (12 m) eruptions. But as the water level in Yellowstone Lake increased the cone is now inundated during the spring and the temperatures in the cone have cooled. The cone looks inactive with only a bit of steam, but you never see ice forming around it so it still has some temperature.