Lou's Fish House History

About the Founder Lou Sjoberg

Lou Sjoberg was born in Fredric, Wisc. on August 17, 1925. He moved to Duluth with his parents where he attended high school at Denfeld High School, and college at University Minnesota Duluth.

 Lou was a man of many professions, ranging from professional wrestling to a pipe-fitting welder. He also served the U.S. Navy in WWII.

Like we said, Lou was a man of many professions. Smoking fish was a talent of his, so he figured why not make it his job?

He originally opened Duluth Fresh Fish in Duluth, Minn. He then moved to Knife River, Minn. and opened Lou's Fish & Cheese House. 

He married JoAnn Sjoberg in 1981,  and then moved to Two Harbors, Minn. They opened Lou's Fish 'n' Cheese House together in 1985.  

Lou sadly passed away on August 16th, 2003.

After being closed for 4 years a local Two Harbors family decided it was time to bring back this North Shore tradition of World Famous smoked fish and shrimp. After extensive renovation they reopened the smokehouse that is located onsite as well as the retail smoked fish counter. 

The doors reopened to the public on July 1st 2018. 

The Swanson family is excited to continue Lou's legacy for World Famous smoked fish & shrimp.


Incredible smoked fish, and loved the hand-scooped ice cream! Extremely clean business and great service from the staff. Highly recommend stopping by you will not regret it!

-Nick Luoma

Amazing smoked fish, great location, and the friendliest staff, ever. This is a must-stop if you're headed up the North Shore.

- Dave Scott

Lou's smoked shrimp are delicious anyone who finds themselves in Two Harbors should definitely stop by Lou's! Pleasant little place, friendly staff as well if I might add! 

- Eli Youderin