I don't hunt up north nearly as much as I used to, but here are a few suggestions.
Farmington Bay - can be a real zoo, but it has a lot of birds too. With a canoe I'd concentrate on unit 2 and the south end of the refuge. I'd also look more for mid-week hunts.
Public - Hull lake gets the pressure and boats. Look at the west ends of Pintail and Widgeon units.
Bear River - Can be good too, and again here your canoe may get you into places mud boats can't get into.
I don't know as much about Harold Crane, Howards Slough or Ogden Bay, but I bet with some scouting you could manage a few birds.