I was going to school in Nacgodoches in 1985/86 when the state record was caught. The lake went from seeing 1 to 4 boats a day to more than 50 boats a day. I loved that lake and it was only 45 minutes from Stephen F. Austin. However, my true love was fish Lake Murval. Likely hung the biggest bass of my life and lost her at the boat. 30 years later, I still think about that fish.
I have not fished either lake in decades, but little is publicized about either lake, likely for a reason. The locals don't talk and they are 3 to 4 hours from Houston and or Dallas. Just far enough away to keep most folks away.