I think there is a small lake east of Cedar Mountain in Transylvania or Henderson County that would fit the location. It's one of those places with huge white pines and hemlocks and back off the beaten path. When I was there boat traffic was real light and the place had a look about it that just screamed FISH HERE! I'm sure the people around the lake would be really helpful. They sure didn't mind sharing fishing info. Now if I could just think of the lake's name.