What is wrong with this picture? Lake James is the epitome of scenic beauty, located at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beneath the surface of its deep, clear waters lies a good population of smallmouth and largemouth bass that provides arguably the best chance to sample both species in North Carolina. Yet there are very few homes or other development on its 150 miles of shoreline, and that separates it from most mountain lakes in the Tar Heel State. It is almost as if the Duke Power reservoir has yet to be fully discovered.