There is a lot of recreational boat traffic on Hawkins on the main lake. Too much timber up on the north end, so that's where you'll want to fish. Lots of grass and pads on the north end as well.
I haven't been this season, but there's a good chance you'll see a gator or two up above the bridge.
As far as lodging, there's a nice RV part that also allows tent camping. Other than that, there's a small motel in Hawkins.
Really good Italian restaurant on the lake as well.