Fishing Cone


Mountain men told of a geyser on the shore of a high alpine lake where one could catch a trout, swing the pole around, dip it into the boiling pool, and cook the fish without taking it off the line. This cooking-on-the-hook feat at Fishing Cone became famous after it was described by a member of the 1870 Washburn Expedition. Visitors often dressed in a cook's hat and apron to have their picture taken at the "Chowder Pot" or the "Fish Pot." Anglers often injured themselves while straddling the boiling water, and their feet damaged the geyser's cone. Fishing is no longer allowed from Fishing Cone. Visitors are sometimes surprised to find Fishing Cone underwater. During the spring and early summer, lake levels rise from melting snow and cover the vent. When exposed, the temperature of the cone's water averages just above boiling (199°F/93°C).

*Adapted from the NPS West Thumb Geyser Bain Trail Guide and the West Thumb Interactive Tour

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Latitude: 44.41727
Longitude: -110.5703
Survey Date: June 22, 2000

Geographic Area: West Thumb
Thermal Region: West Thumb Geyser Basin
Thermal Complex: Lower Group
Ranger District Contact: Grant District, Matt Vandzura (307) 344-2601

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Data Source Supplied By Sample Date Temp Vent Temp pH Cond Extended Data
Park 6/22/2000 -- 0°C -- -- No
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