For the opening you'll need to apply for and get a permit for Lower Klamath or Tule Lake. Go to http://www.klamathnwr.org/ to get info on how to apply. You could try Lake Almanor or an area called McCoy Flat Reservoir out of Westwood, California on Highway 44. Lots of birds, including Honkers raft up on those areas. At McCoy Flat there is an island out in the middle that the birds nest on that could be very productive with a canoe to access it with.