wrong dam in pic. not monroe. there is a concrete fish "ladder" on the west side of the dam. sattelite view should show it on the opposite side of river compared to your pic. pull a tape measure....pretty sure that if you fish from the east side(grafitti'd wall~~fu#kin' vandals) you are 200 feet away. I will challenge an officer to verify distance if I run into him........challenging tiptoeing across the river on the bottom lip of the spillway without slipping off and "wading". "Nicely" saying you can't fish there won't work with me.
As citizens we have the civic duty to question and say "NAY" when applicable.
I have fished there since dec 1980....even while in plain view of law enforcement. Always smiles and "how's the fishin?"(even on the fish ladder west side!) Hell I've casted spinners,bobbed worms/jigs above the dam while standing on the fish ladder in my adolecence. I'm sure retired Monroe police officer Frank Thayer(think he is mayor now) would help clear things up if you seek him out. He lives block past library heading up the street from highway 99. Fishing for non-game species(CARP).....different regulations~worthy of mention to an officer. there are two more spillways....err 3 between monroe and fern ridge. One is in private land 2 miles above monroe. try the one on Fergeson(spelling) Rd near the Conser Quarry, caught a nice cuttroat there few years back. real small spillway less than 3/4 mile below fern ridge dam. never fished it much but old timers with crappie jigs do at the right time of year. ive seen crappie in an old timers 5 gallon bucket that couldnt fit without bumping nose and tail to the sides of the bucket......BIG. I watch them old timers.....they usually know what they are doing!